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2019 PPGV Annual Report

May 5th, 2020 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized


  • We are now 730 physicians strong
  • 1. Operations
    • Our Executive Committee continues to meet monthly.
      • Cochairs: J. Walden and A. Zweifler
      • Treasurer: W.M. Whitehouse, Secretary: E. Arneson
      • Membership: T. Wilson
      • Welcome Host: WM Whitehouse
      • Governmental Relations: S. Dombey,
      • Education: J. Peggs
      • Communication: S. Lewis
      • Audio/Visual: A. Weder.
  • 2. Education
    • Grand Rounds and other educational presentations continue to be a core function.
    • University of Michigan student Psychiatry Clerkship ( 2019 ) Jan 7, Feb 4, Mar 4, Apr 1, June 10, July 8, Aug 5, Sept 3 and30 ,Oct 28, and Nov 25. Most of these presentations were made by S. Lewis; JP, JW, and WCW contributed.
    • Feb 12, 2019: Pediatric Gr. Rounds, Beaumont Hosp, Royal Oak (JW, JP).
    • April 3, 2019: Ann Arbor Rotary, (JP).
    • May 22, 2019: St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, Grand Rounds; (WMW, JP).
    • May 22, 2019: St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, A2 IHA staff (WMW)
    • May 29, 2019 Beaumont Family Practice Residency, Wayne; (JP, JW).
    • June 4, 2019: Beaumont Family Practice Residency, Sterling Heights (JW, MS).
    • Aug 2, 2019: Michigan Academy of Family Practice, Bellaire/ Shanty Creek (CF, BW).
    • Oct 3, 2019: University of Michigan Family Med Fall Update, (JP, JW)
    • Oct. 14, 2019: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Ann Arbor (SL,JP)
    • Oct 21, 2019: Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens (FACTS Symposium), University of Michigan poster presentation, (JW).
    • Nov. 11, 2019: Ypsilanti Rotary, (JP).
    • Nov. 21, 2019: WMU Family Med Grand Rounds, Kalamazoo, (WMW, JP). Presenters included Cheryl Farmer (CF), Sonya Lewis (SL), James Peggs (JP,) Marguerite (Peg)Shearer (MS), William (Bill) Wadland (BW), Jerry Walden (JW,) Welton Craig Washington (WCW) and Walter Mac Whitehouse (WMW)
  • 3. Curriculum Development
    • Executive Committee members of PPGV have developed and are continuously updating a PowerPoint slide deck summarizing the epidemiology of gun violence, practical approaches for gun violence prevention in clinical practice, and public health advocacy. This resource has been modified for various presentations including medical schools, residency programs, academy meetings, and community groups.
    • A model for identification and communication in the clinical setting on gun safety and gun violence prevention has been adapted based on the successful brief advice model for smoking cessation in clinical practice (the 5 A’s: Ask, Advice, Assess, Assist, and Arrange).
    • Psychiatrist and PPGV executive committee member, Dr. Sonja Lewis, has developed a gun violence prevention curriculum involving health communication and behavioral change techniques which has been introduced during the medical student clerkship in psychiatry at UM.
    • The UM Trauma Center has developed and distributed an excellent handout on gun safety that serves as a model for other clinical settings.
    • The UM Pediatric Residency has developed video clips for role playing clinical interactions on gun safety. Rather than relying solely on simple didactic presentations, PPGV presenters are willing to tailor interactive workshop approaches especially for seasoned clinicians who wish to incorporate gun safety measures in their personal practice. PPGV welcomes opportunities to share the above resources with physician educators interested in developing curricula on gun violence prevention.
  • 4. Advocacy
    • There were fewer trips to Lansing to advocate for legislation this year. PPGV did push for Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) or “Red Flag” Legislation that would allow a family member worried about another’s mental state to petition a judge to temporarily remove guns. Lacking Republican support, these bills went nowhere. There were several bills that would have allowed more guns in risky places that were not passed and sent to the governor, as legislators supporting the bills anticipated that the Governor would veto the proposals.
    • S. Lewis serves on the American Public Health Association Maternal Child Health Section’s Gun Violence Prevention Workgroup.
    • Members of the Executive Committee attended a number of townhall meetings with elected officials.
    • J. Walden serves on the Advocacy Committee of MAFP. This MAFP committee elected to try to promote an ERPO or Red Flag Law. PPGV members Anne Betz Kittendorf, Beena Nagappala and Pamela Rockwell supported the effort, which unfortunately was unsuccessful.
    • C. Farmer, M.Shearer and J. Walden serve on Washtenaw County Medical Society and Michigan State Medical Society.
  • 5. Publications
  • 6. Media, Art and Celebrations
    • PPGV members attended the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Annual Spring Gun Safety Day.
    • PPGV participated in Wear Orange Day. Dr. Walden spoke in Detroit along with many other statewide advocates of gun violence prevention. A Washtenaw County event was also held.
    • Detroit’s Silence the Violence Parade. Drs. Peggs and Walden marched with hundreds and Rev. Barry Randolph’s Church of the Messiah in their 12th annual parade for gun victims.
  • 7. Colaborations and Partners
    • We continue to network with many physician groups in the state to secure a safer Michigan.
    • PPGV is a member of the Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence michigancoalitiontopreventgunviolence.org/mcpgv based in Lansing.
    • Our members, are involved in the many locations that you live and serve and we applaud you.
  • 8. Financial Support
    • We are grateful for many generous donations to help support our efforts. The donations have been used to cover small costs of operation. The remaining funds have been used to support
    • We contributed to youth advocates in Ann Arbor, Florida and Chicago and to a victims’ organization. Physicians helped those with resource needs creating potential for ongoing partnerships.

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