Firearm Violence Resources

Talking to Patients About Gun Safety

Clinicians need practical information on how to begin a conversation with their patients about firearms or respond to a patient's concern.  In addition, it's important to know what clinicians are permitted to ask and record in their patient's record and what advice they can give to patients that comports with federal and state law.  Using clinical scenarios, this CME activity addresses all of those topic areas and many more.

The content is available in two formats:  

  1. For the Online CME Course in video format, click here.
  2. For those not seeking CME credit for this activity, the video recording is available FREE at the Conference Proceeding Archive page or directly, click here.

Additional educational materials (pdf)

Gun Safety and Your Health (for patients)
Talking to Patients About Gun Safety (for providers)

12th Annual Public Health Leadership Forum
Firearm Violence: Policy, Prevention & Public Health

The 12th Annual Public Health Leadership Forum: Policy, Prevention & Public Health
, conducted in April 2016. 

Content includes archived presentations from policy leaders, researchers, and public health experts providing the latest research and information on this complex issue.

The content is available in two formats:

  1. Online CME Course, divided into 6 modules and as a Conference Archive 
  2. For those not seeking CME credit for this activity, the video recording is available FREE at the Conference Proceeding Archive page or directly, click here.

The American Public Health Association: Gun Violence Information

Attorney General Maura Healey’s Three-Point Plan to Reduce Gun Violence

“Initiating a Conversation with Patients on Gun Safety”
This archived webinar provides helpful resources for medical professionals enabling an open discussion on firearm safety including issues in pediatric and adult settings and related medical, behavioral, and legal implications of firearm storage, access, and use in the home.

MMS Physician Focus “Guns and Public Health” 
Physician Focus is a collaborative effort of the Massachusetts Medical Society, and HCAM-TV, Hopkinton. Guns and Public Health shines a spotlight on gun violence as a public health issue, the growing incidence of gun violence and its impact on children.

Institute of Medicine Report: Priorities for Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence
This report was prepared in response to President Obama’s executive order issued in January 2013 directing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal agencies to support research on the prevention of gun violence, and to identify the most pressing research questions relating to firearm violence.

American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement: Firearm-Related Injuries Affecting the Pediatric Population

“Rooting Out Gun Violence”
New England Journal of Medicine Editorial

“In Memory of Daniel — Reviving Research to Prevent Gun Violence”
New England Journal of Medicine Perspective by  Chana A. Sacks, M.D.

“Special Issue on the Epidemiology and Prevention of Gun Violence”
Edited by David Hemenway and Daniel W. Webster
This special issue of Preventive Medicine includes editorials and research articles on gun violence.

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