Resources and Additional Links

AJPH Collection on Gun Violence Prevention

In the wake of the tragic shooting at the Washington, DC, Naval Yard on Monday, September 16, 2013, the journal has compiled a collection of papers and other resources to help promote awareness and policy change surrounding gun violence, veterans health, and suicide. For those seeking more information on organizations that work with victims of gun violence and other types of violence, please consult Chapter 11 from APHA's book, Confronting Violence. Additionally, the following articles and content have been unlocked to public viewing:

Shim et al: Primary Care, Behavioral Health, and Public Health: Partners in Reducing Mental Health Stigma.

Lewiecki et al: Suicide, Guns, and Public Policy.

Siegel et al: The Relationship Between Gun Ownership and Firearm Homicide Rates in the United States, 1981–2010.

Henderson et al: Mental Illness Stigma, Help Seeking, and Public Health Programs.

Magruder et al: The Role of Pain, Functioning, and Mental Health Suicidality Among Veterans Affairs Primary Care Patients.

Keyes et al: To Flourish or Not: Positive Mental Health and All-Cause Mortality.

Kaplan et al: Suicide Risk and Precipitating Circumstances Among Young, Middle-Aged, and Older Male Veterans.

Vernick et al: Availability of Litigation as a Public Health Tool for Firearm Injury Prevention: Comparison of Guns, Vaccines, and Motor Vehicles.

Branas et al: Investigating the Link Between Gun Possession and Gun Assault.

Fledderus et al: Mental Health Promotion as a New Goal in Public Mental Health Care: A Randomized Controlled Trial of an Intervention Enhancing Psychological Flexibility.

Druss et al: Mental Health Promotion in a Reformed Health Care System.

Davis et al: Reduced Mortality Among Department of Veterans Affairs Patients With Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder Lost to Follow-Up and Engaged in Active Outreach to Return for Care.

Lane et al: Prevalence of Perceived Stress and Mental Health Indicators Among Reserve-Component and Active-Duty Military Personnel.

Ilgen et al: Patterns of Treatment Utilization Before Suicide Among Male Veterans With Substance Use Disorders.

Katz et al: Lessons Learned From Mental Health Enhancement and Suicide Prevention Activities in the Veterans Health Administration.


APHA Policy Statements

Summary on Gun Violence Prevention

Handgun Injury Reduction

Handgun Regulation (archived policy statement – 1976)

Plastic Handguns (archived policy statement – 1987)

Support Renewal with Strengthening of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban

Support for Curricula in Firearm Related Violence Prevention

Youth Violence Prevention

Fact Sheets, letters and testimony

APHA gun violence fact sheet

APHA statement submitted for the record to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights regarding proposals to reduce gun violence (Feb. 12)

APHA letter to President Obama in support of legislation to reduce gun violence and ensure access to mental health services (December 20, 2012)


Gun Deaths outpace Motor Vehicle Deaths in 10 states in 2009

Connecting the Dots to Prevent Youth Violence: A Training and Outreach Guide for Physicians and other Health Professionals

Reducing Gun Violence: The Boston Gun Project's Operation Ceasefire

Useful Links & Resources

White House and Executive Agencies

Executive Action to Reduce Gun Violence

Progress Report on the President's Executive Action to Reduce Gun Violence

Violence Prevention Advocacy Organizations

Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Mayors against Illegal Guns

Prevention Institute

Violence Policy Center


APHA Press

Confronting Violence (author: George Gellert)

Youth Violence: Interventions for Health Care Providers (edited by Robert Ketterlinus)

David Hemenway

Private Guns, Public Health

While We Were Sleeping: Success Stories in Injury and Violence Prevention

Johns Hopkins University Press

Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis (edited by Daniel W. Webster and Jon S. Vernick)

National Academies Press

Firearms and Violence: A Critical Review (Authors: Charles F. Wellford, John V. Pepper, and Carol V. Petrie)

Oxford University Press

Violence in America: A Public Health Approach (Authors: ML Rosenberg and MA Fenley)