- Development of the “What You Can Do” video series on screening and counseling by Garen J. Wintemute, MD, MPH, at UC-Davis Health in Sacramento, California
- Development of the National Institutes of Health–funded Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens consortium, led by Rebecca Cunningham, MD, FACEP, and Patrick Carter, MD, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, with the collaboration of numerous emergency physicians across the country
- Leadership of the National Network of Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs by Kyle Fischer, MD, MPH, of the University of Maryland in College Park; Robert Gore, MD, of Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York; and many more
- Development of novel coalitions between gun shop owners and firearm injury prevention researchers led by Marian (Emmy) Betz, MD, MPH, at the University of Colorado-Denver
- Promotion of the #StopTheBleed training by Eric Goralnick, MD, FACEP, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston
- Development of a scholarship fund in honor of Dr. O’Neal by the University of Illinois-Chicago residency and a memorial research fund in her name by the AFFIRM and FemInEM
- The #ThisIsOurLane movement, covered in The New England Journal of Medicine with a piece by myself, Dr. Betz, and Cedric Dark, MD, MPH, of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston2
Individual emergency physicians have written numerous publications and led local movements as well. There simply isn’t space to list them all.
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Lastly, emergency physicians have led the charge to develop new sources of research funding. Firearm injury prevention research is currently funded at about 2 percent of what would be predicted, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still has $0 for this public health issue.
In 2017, AFFIRM was founded under the leadership of Christopher Barsotti, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, in response to this continued lack of substantive federal funding for firearm injury prevention research. Its underlying concept is that the public’s health is our job and that we cannot solve the firearm injury epidemic by treating patients who have already been shot. Instead, we need a full-scale collaborative effort, the collective will of medicine, to bend the curve on firearm injuries and deaths.
The mission of AFFIRM is to reduce firearm injury deaths through research, innovation, and evidence-based practice. AFFIRM knows that through clinically relevant research and dissemination of best practices, we can stop many shooters before they shoot. AFFIRM has the partnership of almost 20 medical societies, including ACEP, the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA), and the Emergency Nurses Association. It represents physicians and health care professionals along the political spectrum who are united in the belief that we need to find a new way forward; the old ways of fighting this epidemic aren’t working. Examples of AFFIRM’s work include: