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MAFP affirms Proactive Stand on Gun Violence

July 22nd, 2014 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

The Michigan Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) voted on Fri., July 18 at their Annual Meeting to affirm the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) call for multiple actions that reduce gun violence. These include background checks, additional research into gun laws and regulations with the intention of reducing deaths and injuries from firearms, and enforcement of existing laws.

In addition, very importantly, the MAFP  resolved to taking a leadership role in firearm violence, partnering for  legislation, opposition to guns in gun free zones, and education of the membership in gun violence reduction.

These resolutions had the support of the entire board of directors and the medical school faculties in Family Medicine at MSU and Wayne State University as well as the chair of UM FM and head of FM at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. J Pegg’s Support Letter

These resolutions were proposed by family physicians who were MAFP members and also members of  Physicians for the Prevention of Gun Violence ppgv.org. Thus MAFP joins with AAP in trying to reduce gun injuries and deaths. The American Academy of Pediatrics annual issue for 2014- Gun Violence Prevention- public health approaches to lessen the 30,000 deaths, 80,000 injuries and $2 Billion in medical bills each year.

The Three Major Med Schools Support anti Gun Violence Measures

July 14th, 2014 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

100% backing for Gun Violence Resolutions to the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) Annual Meeting! When Dr. Tsveti Markova, associate dean and department head of Family Medicine at Wayne State University wrote a letter supported by all her family medicine department calling strongly for approval of the resolutions that Anne Kittendorf and I will bring to the MAFP next week I was elated! Wayne was the last, arguably the most important, of the three medical school’s family medicine departments to endorse these resolutions. Dr. Markova noted how committed her department is to the Detroit community and reducing the gun violence that plagues it. This gives us a beginning in Detroit.

Earlier MSU’s Dr. William Wadland and 10 of his faculty joined UM’s FM chair, Dr. Phillip Zazove in support. This may be historic to have all three medical schools bringing a voice to this public health problem. It bodes well for PPGV to have these partners. We are a long ways behind the gun lobby, but we can be better. This helps!
Other members of PPGV in addition to Dr. Zazove have played important roles. UM’s James Peggs and Steve Thiry, head of FM at St. Joe each wrote a letter and Stefani Hudson, winner of the MAFP’s Physician of the Year award, is writing another.
The resolutions which will be offered next week at the MAFP Annual Meeting by Dr. Kittendorf and me are first to bring the national AAFP policies into our state http://ppgv.org/?page_id=666 and second for the MAFP to act strongly to enable the resolutions. http://ppgv.org/?page_id=645 The resolutions also appear under our  website toolbar.
On July 18 even if we don’t get all the support and action from MAFP that we’d like, helping the medical schools to see the possibilities in working together on this issue may be enough.
PPGV was also represented at the Washtenaw County’s Gun Safety Week kickoff held by Sheriff Jerry Clayton and involving all the county’s police agencies. Gun locks and promoting gun storage while protecting kids from firearms was the highlighted. Other community agencies and officials were in attendance.
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