In the wake of the recent mass shooting, ASPPH has released a statement to raise our voices once again. We will continue to do so, until real action is taken to prevent these tragedies. It is unacceptable that firearms are now the leading cause of death among children in the United States. In the statement released on Wednesday ASPPH committed to five actions we will take to make an impact on this crisis
- Urge policymakers to take action to strengthen policies around background checks, banning certain types of weapons, and safer storage of firearms.
- Continue to support additional federal research funding related to gun violence and mental health and enable our members to pursue grants in this area.
- Collaborate with interprofessional groups to coordinate actions on this issue to enhance impact.
- Provide an online platform for members to share their work on gun violence including curriculum, research, and community actions.
- Convene an expert taskforce of our members to strengthen our work in this area.
Our member institutions have continuously worked to prevent gun violence through research and interventions and ASPPH is committed to stand behind them in their efforts to make an impact.