School of Medicine

Gun violence as a public health issue: A new lens

Marquam Talk

November 1, 2022
5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
2720 S. Moody Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97201

This event will be in-person and live-streamed. Register to receive the virtual link.

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Injuries and violence are predictable and, thus, they are preventable – by developing multifaceted strategies to reduce risk, scientifically evaluating those strategies, and spreading those that work. Gun-related injuries and violence are no different. This presentation will describe the epidemiology of gun injuries in Oregon and discuss the public health response to this epidemic, including new initiatives to build a public health infrastructure for gun injury and gun violence prevention. 

In January of 2022, Kathleen F. Carlson, Ph.D., was one of three recipients of the Faculty Excellence and Innovation Awards, made possible by the Silver Family Innovation Fund. This grant will support her as the leader of the new OHSU Gun Violence Prevention Research Center.

Kathleen Carlson, M.S., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Oregon Health & Science University-Portland State University School of Public Health, and a Core Investigator with the VA Portland Health Care System’s Health Services Research Center of Innovation. Born and raised in Oregon, Dr. Carlson completed her B.S. degree at Oregon State University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, focused on injury epidemiology. Dr. Carlson’s research examines the spectrum of injury prevention and control, from the epidemiology of intentional and unintentional injuries to the rehabilitation of military veterans with combat injuries. Her current research grants examine gun violence and other firearm-related injuries, opioid-related injuries, and the short- and long-term functional outcomes of veterans’ traumatic brain injury. Dr. Carlson teaches and mentors M.P.H. and Ph.D. students in epidemiology at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, and directs the health services research postdoctoral fellowship program at the Portland VA. She also leads the OHSU Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue Advisory Committee, an effort focused on using a public health lens to reduce firearm-related injury and death in Oregon and nationwide.