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September 15, 2022

Medical Summit on Firearm Injury Prevention Promotes Collaborative Approach to Address Firearm Violence

In response to the public health crisis of firearm violence, professionals from 47 multidisciplinary medical societies and health organizations from across the country participated in a Medical Summit on Firearm Injury Prevention at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) headquarters in Chicago on Sept. 10-11.
 
Cohosted by ACEP, ACS, American College of Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, this hybrid in-person and virtual meeting was the second such meeting aimed at developing firearm violence prevention recommendations. It built upon the first Medical Summit’s work from 2019.
 
The meeting provided an opportunity for an inclusive and collegial dialogue on identifying opportunities for the medical community to reach a consensus-based approach to firearm injury prevention, with a focus on understanding and addressing the root causes of firearm violence while advocating for bipartisan policy solutions to address the issue.
 
Broadly, topics discussed included:

  • The public health approach to firearm violence in the US
  • Recent and potential legislative approaches related to prevention
  • Addressing violence through community engagement
  • Utilizing healthcare resources to influence the social determinants that contribute to violence
  • How effective communication on firearm violence from the healthcare sector can influence policy work and community building

Some of the most significant work at the summit came from breakout discussions during each session, where participants worked together to educate one another on their areas of expertise and develop a set of initial recommendations that will drive the coalition’s future action.
 
The planning committee will compile and disseminate the recommendations and proceedings for participating organizations to consider further. Leaders at the summit also committed to a long-term working relationship (or coalition) and agreed to create an infrastructure for continued longitudinal collaboration so that effective firearm violence prevention education, resources, and policy solutions can be pursued.
 
Proceedings from the second Medical Summit on Firearm Injury Prevention will be released in the coming months.
 
Organizations that participated in the summit are below: 
 
AFFIRM at the Aspen Institute
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
American Association for the Surgery of Trauma
American Association for Emergency Psychiatry
American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery
American College of Emergency Physicians
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American College of Physicians
American College of Preventive Medicine
American College of Surgeons
American Geriatrics Society
American Medical Association
American Medical Women's Association
American Pediatric Surgical Association
American Psychiatric Association
American Society of Anesthesiologists
American Society of Nephrology
American Surgical Association
American Thoracic Society
American Trauma Society
Centers for Disease Control
Coalition for National Trauma Research
Council of Medical Specialty Societies
Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma
Emergency Medicine Residents Association
Emergency Nurses Association
Injury Free Coalition for Kids/Scientific Union for the Reduction of Gun Violence at Columbia
National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians 
National Association of EMS Physicians
National Medical Association
Orthopaedic Trauma Association
Pediatric Trauma Society
Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research
Society of Black Academic Surgeons
Society of Critical Care Medicine
Society of General Internal Medicine
Society of Hospital Medicine
Society of Trauma Nurses
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation
Trauma Center Association of America
Trauma Prevention Coalition

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