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Facebook and other Social Media, Organizing Doctors’ Groups

June 21st, 2014 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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As we go forward as Physicians for the Prevention of Gun Violence we think we need to have more connection to our group. We want to get your ideas and support.
Support us by liking or SHARING ppgv on Facebook. This gives us a way to reach you and your friends with our message.
We are on Twitter, but that is more alien to us oldsters. If you prefer it tell us and we will figure it out.
We are into our third fiscal year. It’s DUES Time– go to the website and under Donate you can pay your $50- $25 for students and affiliates. Or send Andy Zweifler a check at 1706 S. University 48103.  If this is an imposition any amount will help. We have increased financial needs for literature, office supplies and printing, staff, and travel. Plus, we’d like to build our coffers so that we can bring a speaker in the fall.
A major PPGV effort in organizing is well underway. Anne Kittendorf, family physician from Dexter is preparing resolutions to take to the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) Annual Meeting in July. These resolutions, if passed, will allow MAFP to become a state leader in the work of making gun safety and gun injury a public health issue. If you are a FP and can go with us to Lansing July 18 we really need you.  More about this later.
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June- National Gun Violence Awareness Month

June 9th, 2014 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

June is National Gun Violence Awareness Month. PPGV is participating in ASK Day on June 21 and really all month. The question everyone should ask is ” Do you have a unlocked gun in your home?”  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has led with this ASK campaign with the belief that making children’s playtime safer will save lives. 

Just in time- PPGV also has a new Gun Safety Handout on this issue for physicians’ offices with the AAP’s recommendations that guns be safely stored. Write back to order yours.
There is a related statement that physicians should know according to national experts- “Good family doesn’t let troubled members stay in a home with guns.” Suicide causes more deaths than homicide. Take the guns out of the home for 6 months if someone is struggling. These kids act on impulse and may find the gun and use it.
And we need some family physicians for July 18 MAFP Annual Meeting in Lansing. Can you come and support PPGV’s and MAFP’s effort to bring gun violence to our state agenda? Write back if you can to jswalden@umich.edu. This is very important!
We need your dues and cotributions. Go to our Donate page to do this.

Upcoming Talk at Friends Meeting House

June 2nd, 2014 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Upcoming- Andy Zweifler is leading a discussion on Gun Violence:Causes and Prevention at the Friends Meeting House at 1420 Hill on June 3. This is another opportunity for interested parties in the local area to meet and become informed about varous aspects of gun violence, a public health crisis claiming more lives than automobiles and which we as Americans seem powerless to improve. We are the world’s outlier. Come and lets learn how to do better!