Firearm Violence Prevention Learning Community: The Role of Health Care Providers and Systems

This virtual convening of the Learning Community focuses on the role of health care providers and systems in firearm violence prevention efforts and ways health philanthropy can support this work.

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The Joyce Foundation

“Gun Violence is a significant public health issue in our communities. We believe that philanthropy has an important role to play in tackling it. Despite the enormity of that challenge, public and private funding to address gun violence has lagged—perhaps because of the perceived risk in engaging on this issue, or the apparent challenges in driving impact on an issue that seems intractable. For those very reasons philanthropy must rise to the challenge and take risks where government cannot, and lead when others will not.”

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Requests for Proposals

Health Foundation for Western & Central New York: July 2024

The Imagine Nonviolence: Expand the Reach initiative is designed to support innovative and collaborative programs working to reduce the risk of firearm-related injury and death among pregnant people, children under age five, and older adults in western and central New York.

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Missouri Foundation for Health: May 2024

The Missouri Foundation for Health recently released a series of publications based on the findings of its Missouri Firearms Survey.

In July of 2020, the Foundation worked with partners to conduct a survey of over 1,000 Missouri adults to understand firearm-related beliefs, attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors within the state with the intent of informing stakeholders interested in firearm injury and death prevention. Topics for the reports include firearm suicide beliefs and practices, perceptions and storage practices, background checks, and more.

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Firearm Violence Prevention Learning Community: Centering Community Leadership

This second virtual convening of the Firearm Violence Prevention Learning Community focused on the critical importance of community leadership in crafting and implementing firearm violence prevention efforts.

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Firearm Violence Prevention Learning Community: Evidence-based Prevention Strategies

This first virtual convening of the learning community provided an overview of the group’s purpose and scope, explored participants’ goals and programming priorities, and considered evidence regarding the risks of, and interventions for, firearm harm.

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Join GIH’s Firearm Violence Prevention Learning Community

GIH is pleased to announce the creation of a Learning Community focused on philanthropic strategies to prevent firearm violence.

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Issue Brief by Eileen Salinsky

Public Health Approaches to Firearm Violence Prevention

Firearm injuries are a serious public health problem, killing more than 47,000 Americans each year and becoming the leading cause of death for children and teens in the United States in 2020. Given the impact and complexity of this health crisis, Grantmakers in Health (GIH) hosted a first-ever preconference session focused on firearm violence in advance of the June 2023 GIH Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy. Session speakers briefed partners on the causes of gun violence and provided an opportunity for health funders to learn more about potential solutions through a public health lens. This Issue Brief provides highlights of the meeting’s proceedings and previews GIH’s plans to convene a funder learning collaborative on firearm violence prevention to continue the peer learning and sharing that began at the preconference session.

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The Gun Violence Epidemic: Lessons From Newark, New Jersey

The Newark, New Jersey community has made remarkable progress improving community safety and reducing gun violence. This past June, a seminal report, The Future of Public Safety: Exploring the Power and Possibility of Newark’s Reimagined Public Safety Ecosystem, was released by Equal Justice USA, the City of Newark, and the Newark Community Street Team. Researchers utilized community participatory research to assess Newark’s impactful approaches to improving public safety.

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