WHAT WE DO

AFFIRM: STRATEGIC PLAN

Mission

The collective will of medicine will solve the gun violence epidemic. 

AFFIRM is the nation’s leading non-partisan network of 40,000+ healthcare professionals, public health experts, and researchers who are committed to reducing gun violence. Our mission is to reduce the American epidemic of firearm injury (over 150,000 injuries and deaths in 2017 alone) with research, evidence-based practice, and community partnerships.

Purpose

A public health approach to solving firearm injury – regardless of legislation. 

In partnership with our donors, AFFIRM funds transformative, quickly-disseminable, medical research. We create evidence-based health education. We leverage partnerships with the nation’s 20+ leading medical, nursing, and public health associations to create evidence, develop protocols, and to change clinical practice. AFFIRM-affiliated research experts have over 250 peer-reviewed publications on firearm injury. 

Values

Evidence must inform medical best practice and community based solutions.  

Solving epidemics is what the medical community does best. We are gun owners and non-gun-owners. We are solving the American gun violence epidemic with passionate donors, high-quality research, and the collective will of our communities.

Value Proposition

AFFIRM objectively approaches firearm injury as a public health problem.  

  1. Drive Research
  2. Develop Education
  3. Build Community

Strategic Objectives

  1. Fund Grants & Research
  2. Develop Relationships & Partners
  3. Educate & Train Health Professionals
  4. Organize a Volunteer Army

Theory of Change (ToC)

Theory of Change (ToC) is a specific type of methodology for planning, participation, and evaluation that is used in companies, philanthropy, not-for-profits, and government sectors to promote social change. A ToC defines an organization’s long-term goals and then breaks down the necessary preconditions and steps to achieve them. 

Why Do We Need a ToC?

Understanding

Guides what needs to happen to achieve the desired aim of decreasing firearm-related threats, injuries, & deaths.

Governance

Defines who we are and governs our strategies and activities.

Public Health

Illustrates the public health approach to a non-clinical national audience.

Fundraising

Essential for fundraising among National Institutes of Health and other large-scale donors.

AFFIRM has the unique network, infrastructure, and expertise in public health that is needed to disrupt the status quo and create a pathway to solutions that is separate from advocacy.

Our Mission

How we think as healthcare providers:

The gun epidemic is about problem vs. solution.

It is a health problem.

Its focus is on the human toll.

Gun control decreases access for ALL people.

Gun rights does not consider people AT-RISK.

Prohibition and abstinence don’t work.

We believe in a public health approach.

Value Proposition

AFFIRM objectively approaches firearm injury as a public health problem.

Drive Research

Safety evaluation standards

Community source surveillance

Develop Education

Assessment & intervention

Build Community

Non-partisan

Includes all communities: medical/non-medical

The Ultimate Goal

50% Reduction in 5 Years

     Gun-related threats, injuries, & deaths in the U.S.

Drive Research

    Academics: studies, grants, and publications

Develop Education

    Public/Professionals: Courses, Workshops, & Credentialing

Build Community

    Public: Safe zone for conversation, learning, & storytelling

Fundraising

    Individuals/Inst./Gov: Results oriented value delivered

Benefits of Partnership

Inclusion
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Unite specialties, geographic regions, & external expertise
Amplification
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Showcase partners’ unique specialty-specific programs
Efficiency
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Consolidate & validate priorities/consensus efforts
Scalability
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Reframe narratives, expertise, & education
Relevance
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Offer a wide funnel for engagement with our network
Funding
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Health corporations can allocate funds strategically

TAKE A STAND. STAND AFFIRM.

TAKE A STAND. STAND AFFIRM

For information on joining our network, opportunities with AFFIRM, and all media inquiries, please connect with us via email, phone, or the contact form.

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