Gun violence is a public health crisis that continues to devastate individuals, families, and communities. ASPPH made a renewed commitment to work to end it by establishing a Task Force and creating a framework to guide academic public health institutions to inform their actions related to gun violence prevention.
The ASPPH Gun Violence Prevention (GVP) Task Force included expert representatives from 13 member schools and programs of public health. The Task Force reviewed existing literature, identified needs and gaps, and developed recommendations for strategies informed by evidence that can be used by Schools and Programs of Public Health (SPPHs), as well as ASPPH as an organization, to enhance our impact across the broader stakeholder community.
Four domains are addressed in the Task Force’s framework: education and training; research; policy and advocacy; and practice. Three cross-cutting themes were also identified in the context of each domain:
ASPPH recognizes that there is a diversity of capacity and priorities in SPPHs, and each institution will need to continue to assess its readiness and ability to act on specific recommendations.
View remarks from The GVP Task Force Chair Sandro Galea on the impact of gun violence across communities, the role of academic public health, and the opportunity to take action.
In response to public outcry for legislative action around recent mass shootings across the nation, ASPPH issued a statement on its commitment to end gun violence. In addition to launching the GVP Task Force, ASPPH urged its members to express support for the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the first significant gun safety legislation to advance in nearly 30 years. ASPPH also led several advocacy efforts urging congressional action on gun violence through collaborations with like-minded organizations.
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Beeta Rasouli drives advocacy initiatives for ASPPH. She promotes federal policies that support the academic public health community. Beeta also serves as a congressional liaison for ASPPH and its members.
Beeta Rasouli, MPH
Director of Advocacy and Federal Affairs
Tim Leshan leads public relations and advocacy for ASPPH. This includes both internal and external communications, advocacy for academic public health, as well as global affairs and fundraising.
Tim Leshan, MPA
Chief External Relations and Advocacy Officer