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Annual Report for 2018

May 2nd, 2019 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Annual Report for 2018)

2018 Annual Report, PPGV       

660 physicians strong.

Mission Statement: Michigan Physicians: Educated and Empowered to Advocate for Gun Violence Prevention.

Operations. Our Executive Committee continues to meet monthly. Cochairs J. Walden and A.  Zweifler,Treasurer Zweifler, and Secretary E. Arneson. Membership T. Wilson, Welcome W. Whitehouse, Gov. Relations S. Dombey. Communication, S. Lewis. Others listed on panel.

1.Education. We made several Grand Rounds presentations.

Jan. 14, 2018 First Cong. Church, A2 (JP)

Jan. 26, 2018 Grand Rounds, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Det (JP,WMW*)

Feb. 9, 2018 Grand Rounds, U of Michigan Dept of Int Medicine (JP, SL)

UM student Psych clerkship (2018) Feb 19, Mar 22, May 31, Sept 10, Oct 18, Nov 12

March,2018 Traverse Bay School District, Journalism students (BW**)

May,2018 American Psychiatric Assoc. Annual Mtg, (NYC) SL

May 30, 2018 UM Preventive Med Residents, School of Public Health (JW, Peg S.)

June 2, 2018 Orange Out, Gun Violence Awareness Rally, Ann Arbor (SL)

June 14, 2018 First Presbyterian Church Hilltoppers, Ann Arbor (JP)

June 24, 2018 PEG (Protectors of Equality in Government) Ann Arbor (SL,JP)

October 25, 2018 MSMS Annual Sci Mtg (SL, AW, CF, JP)

October 30, 2018 Kalamazoo Med Soc (WMW, JP)

November 14, 2018 Grand Rounds, UM Family Medicine (JP, JW)

*WMW, Walter Mac Whitehouse **BW, William Bill Wadland

2.Curriculum. PPGV continues an affiliation with UM Psychiatry Department making a popular presentation to UM medical students (15-30 at a time) as part of their 3rd year clerkship in psychiatry. PPGV psychiatrist Sonya Lewis is our primary presenter with an assist from J. Peggs and others occasionally. PPGV presents to every UM medical student.  Our presentation continues to evolve during our presentations depending on our audience. The presentation to the psych students focuses on suicide, domestic partner abuse and children’s accidental deaths. Homicides, mass shootings, gag laws and stand your ground laws are included in other grand rounds. Our medical student opportunity, begun in 2016, is considered crucial to developing the physician voice in the struggle to prevent gun violence and we have plans to take the curriculum to other med schools and programs in 2018

3.Advocacy. PPGV advocated for gun safety legislation by attending several legislative hearings in Lansing and marches and rallies in support of efforts to prevent gun violence.

Lame Duck session- Although there were hundreds of bills brought forward (over300) the gun safety associated bills were not a factor.

We now have a new Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State- all women and allies. Although GVP should be a bipartisan effort having these new officers gives PPGV better working partners as all are considered pro GVP.

At the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) Annual Meeting A. Kittendorf, P. Rockwell, J. Walden brought Resolutions 18.04 which passed by acclamation.  These four resolutions, first authored in Scientific American, https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/4-laws-that-could-stem-the-rising-threat-of-mass-shootings/ claim to reduce GV injury and death. https://www.mafp.com/system/:tenant_id/ckeditor_assets/attachments/2158/original2018_2019_proposed_resolutions.pdf The MAFP Advocacy Committee will bring them forward in 2018.

  1. Publications and Letters to the Editor.
    Lewis, S.Washtenaw Jewish News Review of Wallenberg Award winners. https://www.washtenawjewishnews.org/PDFs/WJN_Dec_Jan_18_web.pdf P. 16.

Lewis,S. Parkland Anniversary Rally:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XdNkrLV1BSEuxZmfKKoetwiGTTmGnooHTCB7xAk86N4/edit

Lewis,S. ERPO.  Protectors of Equality in Government. https://equalityingov.org/2019/03/extreme-risk-protection-order-legislation-can-prevent-gun-suicide/

Lewis,S. Marching for Lives.  MCH Amer Ass Pub Health

https://mailchi.mp/31ceca62ea46/mch-section-spring-newsletter

5.Media, Art and Celebrations. We attended the Washtenaw Co. Sheriff’s Spring Annual Gun Safety Day.

June 2. Wear Orange Day.  S. Lewis spoke along with other Michigan leaders.

Dec. 13 PPGV cosponsored #EndGunViolence Day 6th year after Sandy Hook. S. Lewis spoke.

  1. Meetings. Dr. Walden continued membership on the MAFP Advocacy Committee. Drs. Farmer, Shearer and Walden are WCMS and MSMS members.

7.Partners. PPGV remains a member of Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence. We are working with MAFP and through it reaching out to the Pediatricians and ER physicians to build a coalition. Locally, we have a strong group of physicians at Trinity Hospitals who continue to work with us. County and State-wide help from Washtenaw Co Med Society and Michigan State Medical Society remains vibrant. One focus is building a physician movement that includes current groups in Michigan and the US.

 

8.Recruiting /Activism. We continue to work for a gun-free environment in our hospitals and clinics and in public spaces. With leadership from Dr. Whitehouse we were able to recruit several medical directors from St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor. We continue to work with leaders at other Trinity Health hospitals in southeastern Michigan as well as IHA. We continue to search for partners.

PPGV 2016 Annual Report

February 28th, 2017 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

We hope you will enjoy reading PPGV’s 2016 Annual Report. We had a productive year and we are pleased to share our accomplishments with you.

PPGV 2016 Annual Report

Happy New Year

January 21st, 2017 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Happy New Year, Doctors!

We have a brand new year and an exciting one at that! Our issues with gun safety and the gun violence crisis will share the spotlight with others in health.

We 400 physician scientists still have a good deal to say about the state and nation’s health.

In 2017 We are hopeful that better data backed by congressional funding of the CDC will inform our science. This, of course, is one of 4 laws that many medical societies supported in the “Call to Action” in the Annals of IM.https://www.acponline.org/acp-newsroom/more-than-two-dozen-organizations-join-call-by-internists-and-others-for-policies-to-reduce-firearm

At year’s end PPGV had two happy events in Michigan. The Ann Arbor School Board (AASB) was victorious in its defense of the right to prevent guns in schools at a hearing before the State Board of Appeals. Several of us heard the court question the plaintiffs and rule unanimously (3-0) against them. No guns in Ann Arbor schools (like no guns at court). Dr. Sonya Lewis’s high school daughter, Sarah, was interviewed on MLive and was passionate about her view that guns were unwanted at school. Listen here. http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2016/12/gun_advocates_wary_of_oral_arg.html#incart_2box_news_ann-arbor

Hopefully this decision supporting local school boards’ rights will make the law called “preemptive punishment” that was introduced last year harder to reintroduce. That law saddled local entities with court costs if they chose to oppose state law and lost. This punishment would block dissent through the courts in such cases as AASB’s.

And in December we met with Chris Matus, Senator Gary Peters’ Regional Director. We felt we had an excellent meeting. We know that as a new US senator we were getting early attention from a powerful person. Mr. Matus agreed that the public health model is best and that reframing children’s deaths as “preventable, not accidental” is also important. Phone calls to all our representatives are the best value when we advocate. The meeting was attended by Drs. A. Zweifler, C. Farmer, W. Whitehouse, S. Dombey, and J. Walden. Follow-up is planned.

Again, Happy New Year! Thanks for your support of PPGV!

Next meeting Jan 17 at 7 PM. Let us know if you would like to attend.

 

The Power of Organized Medicine

December 6th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Dear Docs,

Recently the American Medical Association announced that it has resolved to join the battle to promote the “Call to Action” raised by eight national health professional organizations and reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2015.

The AMA now joins The American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Physicians, American College of Surgeons, American Psychiatric Association, and The American Public Health Association in calling for:

  • Universal background checks
  • Restrictions on civilian use of military-style assault weapons and large-capacity magazines
  • Elimination of “Gag Laws”
  • CDC funding for gun violence research.

These medical organizations are joined by the American Bar Association, which asserts that the recommendations are not in conflict with the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Cheryl Farmer, a member of our PPGV executive committee and the Michigan State Medical Society, authored the resolution that led to this result. Cheryl wondered why the AMA wasn’t a part of the 2015 “Call” and wanted “the Big Mama” to join us in the fight. She took her resolution from PPGV to the Washtenaw County Medical Society to MSMS and finally to the AMA. And we won! Read about it here:  https://wire.ama-assn.org/ama-news/ama-joins-call-action-stem-tide-gun-violence.

This success shows the way in which organized medicine, through our county and state medical societies, helps physicians protect the public interest. It also shows how PPGV (430 members strong, and growing!) can use its focused commitment to the prevention of gun related injury and death to steer the power of the AMA toward the righteous cause of sensible gun laws. Thanks go out to all: Dr. Farmer, PPGV, WCMS, MSMS, and the AMA!

Statements from our new president–elect suggest that the work ahead of us may be even harder. But as we have seen, much can be accomplished when we work together! Cheers!

Video of Concert to End Gun Violence

October 3rd, 2016 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Please enjoy this video from last month’s Concert Across America to End Gun Violence featuring pianist Louis Nagel performing Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and Kevin Fitzgerald conducting Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. The concert was wonderfully received and we are grateful to everyone who participated, attended, and contributed. Not only did we raise awareness about the epidemic of gun violence in America, we also raised over $2500 thanks to the generosity of our audience members. We hope that through music, we inspired others to work for meaningful change in our country. We are grateful to Genesis of Ann Arbor for graciously hosting this event.

Click here to watch the concert video

Click here to view the concert program – designed by Kate Schlansker

 

 

 

Concert Across America to End Gun Violence

September 17th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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PPGV Outreach to Michigan Physicians

July 31st, 2016 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Presentations by PPGV members to Michigan physicians, 2012-2016

Nov. 14, 2012 U of Mich. Dept Fam Med ( JW, JP )

Sept. 15, 2015 Washtenaw Co Med Soc’y ( JW, AZ, JP, SL )

Sept. 17, 2015 Flint Hurley Hosp Int Med ( JW, JP, BW )

Sept. 25, 2015 Marquette Hosp, Fam Med ( BW, JW )

Sept. 29, 2015 Traverse City Munson Hosp Fam Med ( BW, JP )

Nov. 9, 2015     Midland Hosp Fam Med ( BW, JP, JW )

Dec. 3, 2015     MSU Sparrow Hosp  Peds ( BW, JP )

Jan. 2, 2016     U of Mich Ob/Gyn Dept ( JW, SL )

Jan. 12, 2016   MSU Sparrow Hosp Int Med

May 17, 2016   Grand Rapids DeVos Child Hosp Peds ( BW, JP, WMW )

May 17, 2016   Grand Rapids St Mary’s Hosp Fam Med   ( BW, JP, WMW )

April 16, 2016   Chicago, Nat’l Cncl Gun Violence ( SL, AZ )

June 15, 2016   U of Mich Int Med ( JW, JP, SL )

Aug. 17, 2016   Flint Hurley Hosp Peds ( JW, JP, SL )

Sept. 20, 2016 WSU Fam Med ( ? JP, WMW, SL )

Oct. 14, 2016   WMU Fam Med ( ? AZ, SL, BW )

Compiled by James Peggs MD, presenter (JP). Other presenters include:

Andrew Zweifler MD (AZ), Bill Walland MD (BW), Jerry Walden MD (JW), Sonya Lewis MD (SL), and Walter M. Whitehouse MD (WMW)

Orlando

June 13th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Dear PPGV Members,

As we reflect on the unspeakable events in that occurred in Orlando this past weekend, it is impossible to find words that adequately describe our sadness, anger, and horror. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their loved ones who must suddenly adjust to circumstances that are beyond comprehension.

One way in which we can be helpful in this time of grief is by encouraging individuals to donate blood to assist survivors who are currently fighting for their lives in Orlando area hospitals. Although the immediate response to calls for blood donations was overwhelming, there will be an ongoing need for blood in the days to come. If you know anyone who lives in or around Orlando, please urge them to contact OneBlood at www.oneblood.org or call 1.888.9Donate to arrange to make a donation.

As we keep the victims and their loved ones in our hearts, let us continue to speak out loudly to our local and national legislators to advocate for sensible gun legislation such as universal and comprehensive background checks and a ban on assault rifles. Let us also use our voices to teach our patients, co-workers, friends, and families about gun safety, safe storage, and prevention of access to individuals who should not have access to firearms including children, cognitively impaired adults, substance abusers, domestic abusers, and anyone in the midst of a mental health crisis.

As medical professionals and as compassionate human beings we must work together to heal our suffering society and to prevent our country from succumbing to the forces of hate, intolerance, fear, and destruction.

Thank you for your support of PPVG and for your commitment to promoting health, safety, and peace through the prevention of senseless gun violence.

Sincerely,

Physicians for Prevention of Gun Violence Executive Committee

MSU Tour Ends, Important New Members

May 27th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Three members of PPGV, Bill Wadland, “Mac” Whitehouse, and Jim Peggs made the PPGV presentation “ Gun Violence and Firearm Safety: The Physician’s Role”  to two separate audiences in Grand Rapids last Tuesday, May 17. The first was at 8 AM Grand Rounds in DeVos Children’s Hospital to the Pediatrics residents and faculty. The second at 10 AM was to the Family Medicine faculty and residents at St. Mary’s Mercy hospital. Both audiences were attentive and receptive to our message about how to intervene in the clinical setting to prevent gun violence and how to join and speak out as a profession to change the grim statistics of gun deaths and injuries.

We enjoyed exceptional hospitality from Dr. Keith English, Chairman, Dept of Pediatrics, MSU. We also were successful in signing up 40 new members to lend their support to PPGV.

The MSU Tour lasted almost 1 year. Grand rounds were given at  MSU sites from Flint, Marquette, Traverse City, Midland, Alma (remotely), Grand Rapids and, of course, Lansing. Thanks to Dr. William Wadland for the MSU Tour- a great success for PPGV!

James Peggs

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor is on its way to becoming perhaps the first Michigan hospital physician council to commit to gun violence reduction with the latest leaders joining PPGV.  Drs. David Steinberg, Chief of Staff, and Bryan Popp, Department Head of OB-Gyn have joined us.  St. Joe now has more leaders than the UM where a similar campaign to align with medical chiefs is in progress. It’s a “race” to see which hospital will be first.

Jerry Walden

National Medical Council on Gun Violence Presentation Summary

May 10th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Dear PPGV Members,

Last month Andrew Zweifler and I were pleased to participate in the National Medical Council on Gun Violence conference in Chicago.  This was a CME conference devoted to exploring how the medical community can make a meaningful impact in addressing the epidemic of gun violence in America.  Our talk, titled “Let’s Talk About Guns: Strategies for Successful Clinical Conversations” was well received and generated lively discussion.  In our presentation, we examined the many barriers that complicate physicians’ ability to talk with patients about guns, ranging from legal barriers such as “gag laws”  (otherwise known as the “Docs vs. Glocks” law in Florida) to general mistrust and fear that can directly impact the doctor/patient relationship.  Using the example of a “well child” visit as the context for illustrating successful strategies for discussing this topic, we emphasized the importance of building warm, genuine relationships with patients and also highlighted the physician’s role as an educator in providing common sense anticipatory guidance. Just as physicians routinely advise patients about the necessity of bicycle helmets, car seats, and smoke alarms, so must we educate our patients about the importance of safe gun storage and restricting access to people who should not have them such as children, substance abusers, domestic abusers, cognitively impaired adults, and anyone in the midst of a mental health crisis.

There were many incredible and nationally known speakers at this conference including Deb Azrael from the Harvard School of Public Health, Injury Control Research Center who spoke about the epidemiology of gun violence; Liza Gold – forensic psychiatrist from the Georgetown University School of Medicine and editor of the recently published book, Gun Violence and Mental Illness; surgeon Michael Hirsch of the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center who spoke about an exciting and successful gun buyback program that he has developed in his community, and psychiatrist Elspeth Ritchie, professor of psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences who spoke about the unique difficulties related to gun violence with military service men and women. All of the presentations were outstanding. I am hopeful that the entirety of the conference will be made available online so that everyone can learn from the material that was presented. Here is a link to the conference brochure that lists all of the speakers.  We are especially grateful to Mike Weisser for organizing this event and gathering together this passionate and determined group of clinicians, researchers, and advocates.

One of the most exciting outcomes of the conference was a common desire amongst participants to incorporate gun violence prevention into medical training. Dr. Zweifler and I have joined a work group that is collaborating to put together educational materials geared for medical students, resident physicians, and physicians in practice. This is an exciting opportunity, and we welcome the involvement of anyone who is interested in collaborating. Please contact Dr. Zweifler (zweifler@umich.edu) or myself if you would like more information. We are only getting started now, but hope that we will be able to harness the momentum and passion generated in Chicago to make an important and necessary impact in the world of medical education.

It was an honor and a pleasure representing PPGV at this conference, and we look forward to continuing our work together to reduce preventable injuries and deaths due to gun violence in our communities.

 

Sincerely,

Sonya Lewis, MD, MPH

Andrew Zweifler, MD