Panel urges for gun violence prevention research, pediatrician shares expertise

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Pictured above (left to right): Peter Ambler, founder and 501(c)(4) director, Americans for Responsible Solutions, Mark Rosenberg, MD, MPP, president and CEO, the Task Force for Global Health, Dr. Wright, Georges C. Benjamin, MD, executive director, American Public Health Association and Alice Chen, MD, executive director, Doctors for America.

On Thursday, Americans for Responsible Solutions hosted a panel discussion on the need for Congress to invest in federal research on gun violence in the United States.

Every year, approximately 30,000 Americans die from firearms-related injuries, but for almost two decades, Congress has restricted federal funding for researching the causes and effects of gun violence. Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.), opened the panel discussion, which came on the heels of National Public Health Week.

Joseph Wright, MD, MPH, FAAP, chair of pediatrics at Howard University and member of the AAP, discussed the impact of gun violence on children as well as the important role federal research has played in successfully addressing other pediatric health issues, such as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and how federal research is needed to keep children safe from gun violence.


Pediatrician addresses health effects of childhood poverty

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Pictured above (left to right): Kathryn Edin, PhD, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Kreiger School of Arts and Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Falusi, Matthew Desmond (behind Dr. Falusi), PhD, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University, Maverick Bishop of San Francisco, California and Violet Henderson of Oakland, California.

Also on Thursday, Lanre Falusi, MD, FAAP, president of the DC AAP Chapter, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on poverty and its effects on children across the country. During the hearing, “The Failure of Trickle Down Economics in the War on Poverty,” Dr. Falusi discussed the negative health and developmental consequences impacting children living in poverty, and how important federal anti-poverty and safety net programs address these challenges, as outlined in the AAP’s new policy statement, “Poverty and Child Health in the United States.” 

Dr. Falusi focused on the importance of good nutrition and early childhood education, and spoke about how federal programs like the Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and Head Start are helping her patients thrive.