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Public Health Portland Style: Gun Violence in Oregon: Addressing a Public Health Problem with Public Health Approaches

October 1, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Gun Violence in Oregon: Addressing a Public Health Problem with Public Health Approaches

6:30pm to 8pm, Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Free and open to the public

Firearms are a leading source of mortality and morbidity in Oregon. Each year, at least 500 Oregonians die and another 1,000 are treated for injuries caused by firearms. Oregon has also experienced some of the nation’s most horrific mass shootings. The trauma of gun violence goes much farther beyond injuries and deaths, and affects those in our rural communities and communities of color much more than others. Discussions about gun violence are too often restricted to “us versus them” and gun control versus gun rights, while myriad other approaches are ignored. The complexity of this problem calls for collaboration, cooperation, and even creativity… all of which are hallmarks of public health. Join us as we learn about gun violence in Oregon and some of the public health approaches underway in our academic, government, and non-government organizations to address this problem.


A brown-haired woman wearing a red dressDr. Kathleen F. Carlson, PhD, MS, is an associate professor at the School of Public Health and a core investigator with the Health Services Research Center of Excellence at the VA Portland Health Care System. She serves as Chair of the OHSU and PSU Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue Advisory Committee, Board of Directors member for the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research, and Co-chair of student awards for the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services section of the American Public Health Association.



This is a FREE virtual event. Registration information to follow.

To live stream the event, visit the OHSU Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OHSUedu.

The popular eight-part panel discussion series Public Health Portland Style returns this fall with a new slate of public health issues that affect Portland, our state, and the nation. Join faculty experts from the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, community and industry leaders, and those with lived experiences for discussions on issues ranging from substance abuse to racism, climate change to colonialism, and rural health to Covid-19. Presented virtually every third Wednesday from September through May (no event in December), Public Health Portland Style is free and open to all. View the entire season series here.



October 1, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


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