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Guns: A Public Health Issue

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The New York Times, January 7, 2013

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 2012-2013 Duncan Clark Lecture - The Affordable Care Act: An Insider’s View

The 2012-2013 Duncan Clark Lecture - The Affordable Care Act: An Insider’s View

Featured Speaker: Sherry Glied, PhD, former Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

November 19, 2012 - The NYAM Section on Health Care Delivery welcomes Sherry Glied, PhD, former Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, who will deliver the 2012-2013 Duncan Clark Lecture on "The Affordable Care Act: An Insider's View."
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NYAM Report - Federal Health Care Reform in New York State: A Population Health Perspective

The New York Academy of Medicine with support from the New York State Heath Foundation released a new report, Federal Health Care Reform in New York State: A Population Health Perspective.

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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