forum 3

Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue Forum III:
The role of business

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
8 to 10 a.m. (breakfast at 7:30 a.m.)
Collaborative Life Sciences Building
2730 SW Moody Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97201

As a major employer, OHSU sees the impact of gun violence, the threat of gun violence and its root causes on our bottom line - from employee safety and wellness to increased health care costs and lost productivity.

As a health care institution with a new OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, OHSU both treats the results of gun violence and sees the opportunity to push back. Advocate for gun safety. Expand mental health services. Confront institutional racism. Create more compassionate and equitable supports for employees and retirees.

OHSU invites the Portland-area business community to the third of three community forums to explore the role business can play in reframing the narrative from the inevitability of gun violence to its prevention.

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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.