There’s been no shortage of debate over gun policy since the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
But not enough of that debate has focused on public health issues, according to University of Washington organizers of a Feb. 4 forum on gun violence.
“Gun violence is a fraught topic in our society, with much of the debate framed by ideology, fear and inflexibility,” said Dr. Howard Frumkin, dean of the UW School of Public Health in a statement about the forum. “But a public health approach — as applied to challenges ranging from influenza to obesity, from polio to heart attacks, from smoking to traffic safety — offers a unique point of view, important insights and even guidelines for action.”
Panelists will discuss evidence-based solutions, mental-health issues, and new policies for Seattle-King County and Washington state.
The panelists include, David Fleming, director of Public Health – Seattle & King County; Frederick Rivara, UW professor of pediatrics and epidemiology; Amnon Shoenfeld, director of King County’s Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division; Dr. Beth Ebel, director of the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center; and Seattle City Councilwoman Sally Bagshaw.
“Gun Violence: A Public-Health Crisis” will be held at 7:30 p.m. next Monday at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave. Admission is $5.