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National public health week 2011: Live injury-free

April 5, 2011 -- Each year since 1995, National Public Health Week has been celebrated during the first week in April. Organized by the American Public Health Association (APHA), the national campaign aims to raise awareness about public health topics among the general public, health…

Arizona shooting spree casts light on gun violence in U.S.

Among the many issues raised by the Tucson, Arizona shootings that left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition, six people dead and more than a dozen injured on January 8, 2011 are questions about the nature and culture of gun violence in…

HSPH researchers call new Florida gun law unconstitutional

September 20, 2011 -- Restrictions on physician-patient conversations could threaten public health A new Florida law aimed at preventing health care practitioners from asking patients whether guns are stored safely in their homes “sets a dangerous precedent” by limiting patient-physician discussions and could…

Guns and politics: David Hemenway takes aim at gun violence

January 30, 2011 David Hemenway is Professor of Health Policy and Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. He is also the author of Private Guns, Public Health, which describes the public health approach to reducing firearm violence, and While You…

Health Policy News: Chicago's new handgun ordinance won't make families safer

HSPH’s David Hemenway, director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and the Youth Violence Prevention Center, is quoted in a Chicago Tribune op-ed (July 9, 2010) which argues against Chicago’s new handgun ordinance. The article cites research by Hemenway and colleagues on firearms and…

Suicide made easier

Editorial in the New York Times, February 15, 2013, referencing Harvard Injury Control Research Center

Preventing suicides by reducing access to guns

The national debate about gun violence has focused on mass shootings and assault weapons, but statistics show that most gun deaths are suicides. A number of recent articles and interviews featured Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) experts commenting on the topic.…