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The Public Health Approach to Firearm Violence "What is it, Why Do We Need It?The Public Health Approach to Firearm ViolenceWhat is it, Why Do We Need It?Presentation Transcript
The Public Health Approach to Firearm Violence What is it, Why Do We Need It? Victor W. Sidel, MD Distinguished University Professor of Social Medicine Montefiore Medical Center & Albert Einstein College of Medicine Past President: American Public Health Association, Physician for Social Responsibility, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War IANSA Public Health Network Panel on “ Risk and Resilience: Understanding the Factors that Influence Small Arms Violence” United Nations Church Centre -- July 16, 2008
The United Nations Program of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light weapons in all Aspects was initiated in 2001. It covers many of the approaches to preventing firearms violence but, despite the efforts of the World Health Organization, fails to recognize the role of the public health community in helping to solve the problem.