Gun vilolence as a public health issue

Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue community forum

Saturday, April 22, 2017
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Highland Christian Center
7600 NE Glisan Street
Portland, Oregon 97213

OHSU, Portland State University and the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health welcome individuals and families to this community forum addressing gun violence as a public health issue.This forum was designed to be a safe venue that encourages collaboration among individuals, communities and institutions —namely, OHSU and PSU —in acknowledging gun violence as a preventable public health issue, working toward solutions to reduce gun violence, addressing the social and societal conditions that contribute to it and advancing healing and hope.



  • Event is free, lunch is provided
  • Translation services available
  • Childcare offered by request
  • Parking available, accessible by transit
  • Continuing education credits for eligible participants;info available day of event

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The Stand Together initiative

From shootings by and against police to mass shootings, gun violence is emblematic of social inequities, an end result of inequality and a story too often about race and hate. As healers, we see the trauma that gun violence inflicts. As a world class academic medical center where healing, teaching, discovery and diversity come together, we can and must take action.

On July 15, 2016, OHSU President Joe Robertson called for a series of institutional conversations "to help us ensure that our community can bring together diverse perspectives to address violence as a public health issue  – and that OHSU can act as a convener to bring together others in the communities we serve."


The advisory committee

The Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue Advisory Committee was convened by the OHSU Center for Diversity and Inclusion to plan a series of public forums. 

Committee membership: Subject matter experts who are students, faculty, and staff from the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health and a broad array of community stakeholders.

Role: Convene three forums to increase awareness and address the broader determinants of gun violence in the form of homicide, suicide and domestic violence.

The forums

Forum objectives: Support transparent, open, honest and ongoing conversations about race relations and implicit bias on our campuses and promote empathy and healing within and across our institutions, workplaces and communities. Enhance knowledge, disseminate information and identify opportunities for OHSU and community partners to reduce gun violence, including addressing the social and societal conditions that contribute to it, specifically:

  • Individual roles and responsibility – amplifying the discussion about historical trauma and ways to create a safer and more trusting culture through healing, inclusion, and equity;
  • Institutional factors – examination of racial tensions in workplace, classroom and in broader communities;
  • City-wide factors – identify strategies to increase diversity and to ensure inclusion and equity in employment, income, education, and housing across the city and state; and
  • Recommendations  – for policies, public health interventions, and partnerships involving our campuses, local neighborhoods and state-wide communities.