Posted by Darden Rice, NPA Communications Director February 28, 2013 at 8:51 PM
The tragedy in Newtown has bluntly awakened the medical profession to its core responsibility for action in the area of public health and gun violence prevention.
We know that physicians have a unique and vital contribution to make.
The NPA views gun violence as a public health crisis and is already leveraging the training and passion of our members for maximum visibility and influence on this issue—through public statements, letters to legislators, organizing efforts across medical specialties, and communications trainings for physicians who are already activated around this cause.
You can sign up to get more involved with our efforts here.
Stay tuned as we present more information on the details of our work in the coming days. Specifically, NPA seeks to provide ongoing communications and issues training to a broad range of physicians on gun violence prevention as we did in the health reform fight, bringing physician voices forward in traditional and social media, at community roundtables, in meetings with policymakers, and in professional settings that enable us to recruit other health care providers to take part in educational advocacy.
New NPA Resources on Gun Violence Prevention
- NPA Policy Statement: Gun Violence – A Public Health Issue
- NPA Physicians Urge Action for Gun Violence Prevention
- NPA Policy Statement: Protecting Free Speech between Patients & Physicians
If you missed our policy call with Guest Expert Dr. Garen Wintemute, Baker-Teret Chair in Violence Prevention and director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis, recorded 2/7/2013, you can Listen Online or Download Podcast
Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Senator Feinstein’s Assault Weapons Ban Legislation was held Feb. 27, 2013 – click here to watch
For more resources and action opportunities related to this important project, please visit npalliance.org/gun-violence-prevention/