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Stateside with Cynthia Canty

January 26th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Andy and I talked to Cynthia Canty of Michigan Radio WUOM,etc. recently about gun violence.  Steve Thiry, Head of FM at St. Joe’s Ann Arbor,  helped set this up- thanks, Steve!

Here’s the link  michiganradio.org

The MIchigan Academy of Family Medicine heard it and wants an article in their quarterly. Anyone want to help with that, especially FMs? And anyone know the MAFP politics well to help build this alliance- know Dr. Fred Van Alstine or Dr.Tina Tanner? The AAP has targeted gun violence this year and we should push other medical academies to join in!

We have had a few new docs join that may bring some out-state invitations to grow us beyond Washtenaw Co. That is another goal. Let us know if you have a connection to a group of physicians wanting to talk about gun violence.

Three Year Anniversary

January 10th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Dear Docs,
Andy and I got our start with PPGV 3 years ago after Tucson and Gabby Giffords shooting. We had tried after Virginia Tech and when the mayor rebuffed us we stopped. 32 deaths there got our attention and then Gabby made us more determined. 
Gabby has a great editorial in the New York Times about her determination to make our country safer. Please read it and watch the video of her sky dive. 
My personal story is that I am 2 years from Ampullary or Pancreatic Cancer and look like a cure. I have to find a way to return my thanks. This physician organization and its purpose is it. I have lost a beautiful teenager to death and another almost teen to live in prison, now 30 years, due to gun violence.
And you?  I hope you will join us and  work even harder in 2014 for the prevention of gun violence. See our website, ppgv.org to become more active.
Jerry and Andy for PPGV

Three new happenings for 2014

January 5th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Hi Doctors,
3 new happenings for the New Year 2014:
1. Steve Thiry, Head of Family Medicine at St. Joe helped us get a spot on Cynthia Canty’s “Stateside”  Michigan Radio program. Andy Zweifler and I will record a short 6-8 minute interview early next week. Let us know if there is anything you think is pressing to report on guns and docs working for the public’s health. This is a great opportunity to be better known in Michigan!
2. Kelly Orringer, pediatrician at UM, helped set up  a speaking engagement with the UM Pediatric Dept. on Jan.21. This Departmental Meeting can enable stronger support from UM pediatricians. The  American Association of Pediatrics has committed nationally to  reduce gun violence in 2014 thereby becoming the leader for national physician organizations. Go pediatricians!
3. Cheryl Farmer, internist and former mayor of Ypsilati and member of the Washtenaw County Medical Society Exec. Committee, has retired and will join our Exec. Committee at PPGV. Welcome Cheryl!

Great News for PPGV to begin our new year! See the Action Page of ppgv.org to become more active with us.
Best,
Jerry