Forty-six leading medical and public health professional organizations across the United States have come together to push for a comprehensive public health approach to advance firearm injury prevention efforts through education, advocacy, and community-centered approaches to address this growing problem. These efforts stem from the second Medical Summit on Firearm Injury Prevention, held in September 2022. Learn more about the full proceedings of the Summit.
A number of programs around the country have been successful in establishing violence-prevention initiatives in their communities to address firearm violence at the local level. Contact the ACS Office of Public Information to learn more.
Authors of the Summit proceedings article appearing the Journal of the American College of Surgeons (JACS) are available to speak with the media. Contact the ACS Office of Public Information to arrange an interview.
“Effective healthcare is not just about treating the wounds of firearm violence, but also preventing them in the first place. By addressing the root causes of violence and providing education and support, healthcare professionals can play a crucial role in preventing firearm violence and promoting a safer, healthier society.”
“Preventing firearm violence requires a multifaceted approach, one that includes not only common-sense firearm legislation, but also addressing the underlying social and economic factors that contribute to it.”
Source: Sun S, Cao W, Ge Y, Siegel M, Wellenius GA. Analysis of Firearm Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic in the US. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Apr 1;5(4):e229393.