It has been an exciting month in gun violence prevention research, policy, and education – here are a few highlights:
On May 8, the House Appropriations Committee passed the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2020, which includes $50 Million to support “firearm injury and mortality prevention research” divided evenly between the CDC and NIH. The Ed Fund’s press release includes quotes from Consortium members and friends on why this piece of legislation should be a priority. This bill is expected to be voted on by the full House the second week of June. If you are looking for ways to be involved, please call your Representative and ask that they support this critical piece of legislation. We will also be highlighting academic voices in support of this funding on our Ed Fund and Consortium social media as the vote approaches, so if you are interested in submitting a quote to be included, please reach out to Ed Fund Director of Federal Affairs, Dakota Jablon, at email@example.com.
On May 13th, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health released a free MOOC, or massive online open course, Reducing Gun Violence in America: Evidence for Change. As the first MOOC focused on gun violence, the course is taught by Consortium members and friends Drs. Daniel Webster, Jon Vernick, Cass Crifasi, and Alex McCourt, and features a multitude of other Consortium members and their work – including a case study of the Consortium itself. Congratulations to all involved!
On May 29, Consortium Steering Committee member Dr. Shannon Frattaroli and Executive Director Josh Horwitz, along with Ed Fund staff, organized and led a convening on the implementation of Extreme Risk Laws at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with support from the Bloomberg American Health Initiative and the Joyce Foundation. Consortium members were among the experts who gathered with law enforcement and other stakeholders from around the country to discuss successes and challenges with the law to date, and to identify successful implementation strategies. The one-day meeting coincided with the release of a new website, developed by the same team that organized the convening, that will serve as a comprehensive resource on Extreme Risk Law implementation.
This month, the Ed Fund welcomed Jen Pauliukonis, MAT as Director of State Affairs to our team and announced the upcoming return of Lisa Geller, MPH as Policy Analyst. We are thrilled to have them on board and look forward to their contributions at the Ed Fund and to the Consortium as well!
We enjoy hearing from you! Please send us any recently published studies, projects, or other relevant resources and news so that we can include them in this newsletter. Our recap of new research is below.