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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

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.
Lastly, please Like Us on Facebook. ppgv.org

Facebook and other Social Media, Organizing Doctors’ Groups

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

Chart Notes:

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!

Breaking Out in May

May 23rd, 2014 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Docs-May has been a busy month for PPGV. On (more…)

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.

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.