233: The Evolving Role of Healthcare in Combating Gun Violence

Doctors gather at the 2022 Healthcare Professionals Against Gun Violence Press Conference

Gun violence has tragically become the leading cause of death amongst children in the United States. We explore this alarming reality with our esteemed guest, Dr. Chethan Sathya, Director of Northwell Health Center for Gun Violence Prevention. Together, we unravel the proactive steps the healthcare sector is taking to protect our most vulnerable, using tools such as judgement free screenings and surveys. Through learning how best to talk about a topic often deemed "taboo," healthcare workers are playing an active role in advocating for gun violence prevention and creating safer environments for patients.

Further reading:
Stop filling our Trauma Centers with your thoughts and prayers. (#ThisIsOurLane)
How Doctors Suffer from America's Gun Violence Problem (Time)
Gun Violence and Its Impact on Healthcare (Penn Medicine)
"I’m tired of telling parents their child died of a bullet wound. I’m tired of saying “we tried everything during surgery, but we couldn’t save your baby.'” (Dr. Chethan Sathya)
Doctors and hospitals can help prevent gun deaths. Here’s how.(AAMC)

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