- Under the leadership of Dr. Betz, the chair of the Research Council, AFFIRM is co-funding research grants with the Emergency Medicine Foundation and EMRA, as well as with the Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens consortium, based off of ACEP’s published research agenda, to spur innovative, clinically relevant approaches to reducing the firearm injury epidemic.
- AFFIRM developed the Dr. Tamara O’Neal Memorial Research Fund last November, in collaboration with Dr. O’Neal’s friends, co-residents, and family. This fund honors Dr. O’Neal’s memory. Its goal is to create meaningful change in her name by funding research that addresses the issues she most cared about, including sponsorship of people of color and development of youth mentorship programs.
- AFFIRM is developing infographics, blog posts, podcasts, and educational slide decks under the leadership of Nikita Joshi, MD, AFFIRM’s director of education and outreach, along with numerous other members of AFFIRM’s advisory board and research council, to help disseminate all of this awesome work.
- Finally, AFFIRM is organizing a series of events across the country this fall, “AFFIRM Across America,” to highlight the personal stories of all of us who have treated or been personally affected by gun violence—and to create hope. Emergency physician Charlotte Lawson, MD, is leading this initiative.
Emergency medicine is once again at the forefront of change. We are creating a path forward that isn’t “us versus them.” It’s all of us together, speaking out on behalf of our patients and communities, to tackle firearm injury the same way we’ve addressed every public health epidemic in history, through nonpartisan research, evidence-based practice, and community-oriented solutions.
Explore This IssueACEP Now: Vol 38 – No 05 – May 2019
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Dr. Ranney is director of emergency digital health innovation and special projects and associate professor in the department of emergency medicine and department of health services, policy and practice at Brown University and the Injury Prevention Center of Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. Disclosure: She serves as AFFIRM’s chief research officer, a volunteer position.
- Ranney ML, Fletcher J, Alter H, et al. A consensus-driven agenda for emergency medicine firearm injury prevention research. Ann Emerg Med. 2017;69(2):227-240.
- Ranney ML, Betz ME, Dark C. #ThisIsOurLane – firearm safety as health care’s highway. N Engl J Med. 2019;380(5):405-407.