Writing in the New York Daily News, Dr. Jeremy Faust articulates the mission of medicine as it relates to gun violence prevention. Physicians must act in the best interests of our patients, their families and our communities.
“The reality is that we are entering a necessary and inevitable phase common to all responses to epidemics: researching and rolling out effective prevention strategies. Vanquishing epidemics is exactly where the medical community has always excelled.”
The American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine (AFFIRM Research) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation comprised of healthcare professionals and researchers working together to find lasting solutions to curb the epidemic of firearm injury occurring across the United States. Our funding goes directly to research that will inform protocols for everyone working on the frontlines of healthcare, innovate sophisticated solutions to engage and connect our network to other first responders and stakeholders, and create education and information for healthcare professionals and the public.
AFFIRM was founded and is led by healthcare providers who are dedicated to ending the American epidemic of gun violence through research that fills critical knowledge gaps, changes the way we address violence prevention, and leads to meaningful change. Our coalition includes all of our nation’s major medical organizations. The AFFIRM network represents the collective will of medicine. We stand ready to put in place evidence-based solutions that will end this epidemic.
AFFIRM creates an opportunity for every American to invest in solutions to the firearm injury epidemic, and to directly support the professionals who design, implement, and evaluate the public health approach. The work we do together will be the legacy of our generation – and will safeguard and protect all generations to come.