Magazine article The Nation's Health

Maternal and Child Health Section Focuses on Gun Violence Prevention

Magazine article The Nation's Health

Maternal and Child Health Section Focuses on Gun Violence Prevention

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A SECTION WORKGROUP formed in response to the December 2012 shooting at a Newtown, Conn., school hopes its newest initiative spurs gun violence prevention at the local level.

The Maternal and Child Health Section's Gun Violence Prevention Workgroup is working on a call to action among its members to seek evidence-based approaches to reducing gun violence and form local partnerships.

"We want to see policy and practice in place," said Wendy Ellis, MPH, workgroup member. "We're not looking for across-the-board bans. We want smart ownership. In order to get there, we have got to start at the smallest seeds and planting those seeds around the country."

The initiative is a follow-up from a Section town hall meeting held during APHA's 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition in Boston, which featured speakers such as Thomas McInerny, MD, FAAP, immediate past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Other speakers included Jeremy Richman, PhD, and Jennifer Hensel, MS, parents of 6-year-old Avielle Richman, a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown.

Woodie Kessel, MD, MPH, a workgroup member, said the Section was fortunate to have Richman and Hensel speak about the importance of prevention and integrating social science with neuroscience to understand the link to potential gun violence.

The workgroup is challenging Section members through the call to action to bring people in their school systems, faith-based communities and other groups to the table to discuss and form cross-sector partnerships that address the public health threat of firearm injuries. …

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