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End the violence epidemic by integrating the health approach in every community

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Senator Alexander, Congressman Walden and Congressman Upton:

Violence between people in the United States is more than a matter of headlines. It is more than dots on a map. It is much more than a subject for the police and criminal justice system.

Violence is a health crisis.

Every day in our nation, an average of 39 people are killed. 117 individuals die by suicide. 180 more are shot and wounded. 27,400 individuals are hurt by a partner or significant other, and 8,640 children are abused or neglected.

It is time to mobilize our nation’s healthcare and public health systems and methods to work with communities and other sectors to stop this epidemic.

We ask that you devote at least 5% of federal spending on violence to health strategies. 

Please join Former Surgeon General David Satcher, former Dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Dr. Al Sommer and CEO/Founder of Cure Violence Dr. Gary Slutkin by endorsing this statement and calling for elected officials to disseminate effective public health approaches to reduce violence and save lives.

In communities across the country, health approaches are working to save lives. All communities can and should benefit from a drastic reduction of violence. Find out more about how the US can bring this approach to scale by reading the briefing document here. Click here to find more information about the Movement towards Violence as a Health Issue.

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