Dialogue4Health has explored gun violence in previous Web Forums, and it can be a difficult and politically divisive conversation. Attempts have been made to use clearer language, reframe the problem, and find better political meeting ground, but there is ongoing debate about everything related to gun ownership and gun violence in America.
Properly conducted and appropriately funded research should be considered neutral: fact-finding is non-partisan. Despite that, there has been hesitation and outright refusal to collect data and perform research on guns and gun related violence. This has been shown most recently, when 32 members of the House Appropriations Committee voted to block the Centers for Disease Control from spending 11 million researching gun violence- a relatively paltry amount.
In short: Why don’t we have funding for the gun violence research that could help bring the two sides of this debate closer together? In anticipation of the upcoming Brady and APHA National Summit, please join APHA and Dialogue4Health for an in-depth discussion of that topic. We will explore:
- What is the underlying reason for resistance to research?
- Is it possible for researchers to be objective about their assessment/analysis of the issue?
- How can we streamline, combine, and find data sources to get better data about guns and violence?
- How can Web Forum listeners move this conversation forward? What specific steps can they take to advocate for better research and data?
Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management
Harvard School of Public Health
- Director, Harvard Injury Control Research Center, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
David Hemenway, PhD, is an economist and Professor at Harvard School of Public Health and a former James Marsh Visiting Professor at Large at the University of Vermont. He is Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and the Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center. He received the Excellence in…
Chief Executive Officer Emeritus
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Dr. Leshner has been Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Executive Publisher of the journal Science since December 2001. AAAS was founded in 1848 and is the world's largest, multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering society. Before coming to AAAS, Dr. Leshner was Director…
Associate Executive Director, Public Affairs and Advocacy
American Public Health Association
Susan L. Polan, PhD, is associate executive director for public affairs and advocacy with the American Public Health Association. She oversees the Association's departments of government relations and affiliate affairs, communications and membership. She is responsible for planning and directing APHA's legislative, regulatory and legal activities, communicating those initiatives and…
The Avielle Foundation
Dr. Richman has extensive research experience that spans the range from neuroscience to cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. He has worked in the drug discovery arena for over a decade and is passionate about helping people live happier and healthier lives. Dr. Richman is dedicated to reaching out to…
Linda Degutis, DrPH, MSN is a consultant specializing in policy, advocacy, and injury and violence prevention. Previously, she served as Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At NCIPC, Dr. Degutis led initiatives in preventing violence and…