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AAFP Action on MAFP Resolutions on Gun Violence

December 4th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

In July Resolutions from the MAFP’s Annual Meeting were sent to the AAFP.

There was debate at the AAFP Advocacy Committee that resulted in the following decisions and they were accepted at the Congress.
  RESOLVED, That the American Academy of Family Physicians advocate for regulations to promote safe firearm storage, and be it further

RESOLVED, That the American Academy of Family Physicians advocate for children’s firearm access prevention laws, and be it further

RESOLVED, That the American Academy of Family Physicians support firearm safety training programs.

Another step for the national academy that already had good policy, but we thought there was room for improvement.  And the process may enable other medical societies to follow. If you are interested in the process that was used by family medicine let us know.

Two Michigan resolutions, one on criminal penalties for parents failing to safely store  weapons and another on reinstatement of data collection on gun violence banned under Obamacare  were not dealt with by the advocacy committee and were referred to the Board of Directors directly. Those decisions are not known.

Thanksgiving Time- Lots happening.

November 29th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

We are thankful for some notable achievements for PPGV this year. We think that informing you over several days may be best.
Today we are highlighting the Michigan Academy of Family Practice’s (MAFP) new leadership role in gun violence prevention.
The cover story of the Fall 2014 Michigan Family Physician is devoted to Gun Violence and links to an interview with the new president Tina Tanner, MD and me and the recently passed resolutions at the MAFP Annual Meeting resolving to be strong, active leaders as well as prompting the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), too.
MAFP Family Physician Cover story on the Resolutions and PPGV efforts. (Nov/14).

We thank Anne Kittendorf MD, who wrote the resolutions and helped champion them. Steve Thiry MD, Head of Family Medicine, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, Jim Peggs MD, Professor of FM UM, Phillip Zazove MD, Head of FM UM, William Wadland MD, Head of FM MSU and Tsveti Marcova MD, Head of FM at WSU all contributed strong letters of support. The MAFP leadership and Board of Directors were strongly supportive. The measures passed unopposed by the membership
Many thanks, Michigan Doctors you made this effort to become MAFP leaders against gun violence success! You make us proud and thankful!

Next, the AAFP response.
Jerry for the Exec. Committee

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!

Moms Demand Action Rally in Support of Expanded Background Checks in Michigan
May 14, 11:30AM
Anderson House Office Building
124 North Capitol Avenue, Lansing

Please join us in Lansing on May 14 as we rally in support of the expanded background check bill, HB 4774. This bill has been stalled in the House Judiciary Committee with no action for a year.

Background checks save lives and do not infringe on Second Amendment rights. We know that the majority of Americans, including gun owners and NRA members, support background checks on all firearms purchases. It is crucial that the (often silent) majority make our voices heard.

I hope to see you in Lansing on May 14.

Sincerely,
Kristen Moore
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Thanks to the efforts of Andy Zweifler, M.D., Cheryl Farmer, M.D., and the members of the Washtenaw County Medical Society delegation, the Michigan State Medical Society House of Delegates passed a PPGV initiated resolution on Sunday, April 27, 2014.  This resolution supports Continuing Medical Education presentations on gun violence prevention.  The resolution said in part:

RESOLVED: That MSMS encourage inclusion of presentations about the prevention of gun violence in national, state, and local continuing medical education programs; and be it furtherRESOLVED: That MSMS ask the AMA to encourage inclusion of presentations about the prevention of gun violence in national, state and local continuing medical education programs.

The Continuing Education Committee agreed with the general premise and intent of the resolution, namely that physicians currently are looking for more education about how to discuss gun violence with their patients in order to provide them with education and safety, and that gun violence falls into the same social/medical realms as obesity and other social determinants of health.

Moms Demand Action Meeting

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

Ann Arbor Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America: Information Meeting
Sunday, March 30, 4:00-5:00PM
First United Methodist Church Ann Arbor (120 State Street)

The purpose of this meeting is to get to know each other, learn more about Moms Demand Action, brainstorm about possible future events, and discuss pending state and federal legislation. We will end the meeting by signing postcards encouraging action on Michigan’s expanded background check bill, HB 4774. This bill has been stalled in the Michigan House Judiciary Committee since May 2013.

We have arranged to have childcare available at the meeting.

Letter to Ann Arbor News

March 17th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

The story in the March 2 edition of The News is frightening for a variety of reasons. First of all, the evidence is clear, the more guns in a community-the more deaths due to firearms—and not just homicides. Suicides and accidental deaths (typically involving children) are more frequent as well. Secondly, the fact that a significant number of people feel that they need to have guns for protection reflects a troubling level of insecurity and fear in our neighborhoods and indicates an alarming readiness to use lethal force in response to attempted burglary (typically by unarmed teenagers.) Finally, the combination of fear, racial stereotyping, Michigan’s “stand your ground” law and concealed carrying of handguns is an invitation to tragedies on our streets such as have occurred in Florida in the past 2 years. Our social problems should be attacked at their roots. More guns are not the answer—they are simply another serious problem to be addressed.

 

Andrew Zweifler M.D.

 

Member, Physicians for Prevention of Gun Violence

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