On September 23, the American Public Health Association and the Bloomberg American Health Initiative will co-host Policies That Work to Reduce Gun Violence.

This half-day forum, held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., will:

- highlight the most up-to-date evidence on gun violence prevention, and
- elevate the best research on strategies to reduce deaths and injuries stemming from gun violence.

The full agenda is now available.

In 2017, there were 39,773 gun deaths in the United States. Firearm suicides, the most common form of firearm-related death, have risen steadily since 1999, and the number of persons killed or injured in public mass shootings has increased dramatically over the past decade.

Scientific evidence can inform solutions to the national epidemic of gun violence. To complement the national discussion of important legislation to expand background checks, this half-day forum will examine the data behind other policies that can save many lives.

On September 23, the program will run from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, and will feature presentations and panel discussions with moderated Q&As. 

The forum will be livestreamed at http://www.apha.org/gun-violence, beginning at 8 a.m. Questions can be submitted for the Q&As using the hashtag #gunpoliciesthatwork.

Speakers include:

- Georges C. Benjamin, MD
Charles Branas, PhD 
Shani Buggs, PhD, MPH
Carnell Cooper, MD
Cassandra Crifasi, PhD
- Linda Christine DeGutis, DrPH
Shannon Frattaroli, PhD
- Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD
- Jeffrey Swanson, PhD
Daniel Webster, ScD
April Zeoli, PhD, MPH

Full speaker bios and the full agenda are now available. 




For more information, contact:

Marianne Amoss, Bloomberg American Health Initiative: 443-600-0121, mamoss@jhu.edu

Arnice Cottom, American Public Health Association: 202-777-3913, 


This is a widely attended event in accordance with Congressional ethics rules.