• Investment in Violence Intervention is a Positive First Step to Address Gun Violence

    Combined Logos of the following organizations: (top row) American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG); bottom row: American College of Physicians (ACP), American Osteopathic Association (AOA), American Psychiatric Association (APA)

    FOR IMMEDATE RELEASE
    Friday, April 23, 2021 

    Media contacts:
    American Academy of Family Physicians
    Jennifer Schuler | 800-274-2237, Ext. 6255 | jschuler@aafp.org

    American Academy of Pediatrics
    Jamie Poslosky | 202-724-3301 | jposlosky@aap.org

    American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    Kate Connors | kconners@acog.org

    American College of Physicians
    Jackie Blaser | 202-261-4572 | jblaser@acponline.org

    American Osteopathic Association
    Jessica Bardoulas | 312-202-8038 | jbardoulas@osteopathic.org

    American Psychiatric Association
    Ginnie Titterton | 202-683-8314 | gtitterton@psych.org

    Our organizations, which represent more than 600,000 physicians and medical students, are encouraged by the Biden-Harris administration’s recent announcement of actions on addressing gun violence, a significant threat to the health of our patients and the communities in which physicians serve. Gun violence is a public health epidemic, and recent mass shootings around the country, along with other sources of firearm violence and injury, underscore that this remains a serious issue.

    The administration’s commitment to investing in programs and resources at the local level for violence intervention is a welcome first step to help provide for healthy and safe communities. However, legislative action is needed to comprehensively address this epidemic.

    We encourage lawmakers to work together to enact evidence-based policies to identify and address the key drivers of gun violence, including efforts to strengthen background checks and investing in programs that help tackle this epidemic such as expanding the funding for public health research on preventing firearm violence and firearm injury prevention. Our members stand ready to assist in supporting such efforts to address gun violence and improve the health and well-being of our patients.

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    About the American Academy of Family Physicians
    Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians represents 133,500 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care. Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits -- that’s 192 million visits annually or 48 percent more than the next most visited medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care. To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.familydoctor.org.

    About the American Academy of Pediatrics
    The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit www.aap.org and follow us on Twitter @AmerAcadPeds.

    About The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of more than 60,000 members, ACOG strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care. www.acog.org

    About the American College of Physicians
    The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization in the United States with members in over 145 countries worldwide. ACP membership includes 163,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. Follow ACP on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

    About the American Osteopathic Association
    The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) represents more than 151,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; and is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools. To learn more about DOs and the osteopathic philosophy of medicine, visit www.osteopathic.org.

    About the American Psychiatric Association
    The American Psychiatric Association, founded in 1844, is the oldest medical association in the country. The APA is also the largest psychiatric association in the world with more than 37,400 physician members specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and research of mental illnesses. APA’s vision is to ensure access to quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. For more information please visit www.psychiatry.org.