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To the Editor:
Re “At the E.R., Bearing Witness to Gun Violence” (Op-Ed, nytimes.com, Jan. 2):
David H. Newman’s thoughtful essay points to a much larger issue: firearm violence is a public health problem of major proportions.
The Newtown, Conn., tragedy and the one in Webster, N.Y., where two firefighters were fatally shot, cannot be ignored. Neither can the 31,000 Americans who die each year at gunpoint, a number that exceeds the number of babies who die each year in the first year of life or the number of people who die from AIDS or illicit drugs.
We must view gun violence as a serious threat to public health if we want to reduce the number of deaths associated with guns.
Ending the sale of assault rifles, high-capacity magazines and other facilitators of mass murder is a good start. We must also allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention greater capacity to study the incidence and effect of gun violence and to develop steps for preventing firearm death and injury through public education.
The evidence is clear, and we must take action now to protect our neighbors and ourselves from this devastating public health crisis.
JO IVEY BOUFFORD
JEREMIAH A. BARONDESS
New York, Jan. 2, 2013
The writers, medical doctors, are president and president emeritus, respectively, of the New York Academy of Medicine.
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The 2013 Duncan Clark Lecture - The Affordable Care Act on the Verge of Final Success ... and a Nervous Breakdown
Featured Speaker: John E. McDonough, DPH, MPA, Professor of the Practice of Public Health and Director of the Center for Public Health Leadership
Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health
December 9, 2013 - On December 2, 2013 NYAM welcomed Dr. John E. McDonough, one of the leading experts on health care reform in the United States, to deliver the 2013 Duncan Clark Lecture at NYAM on “The Affordable Care Act on the Verge of Final Success ... and a Nervous Breakdown.”
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This report identifies opportunities that build on both the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) and New York’s ongoing efforts toward improving the health of its 19 million residents.
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