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7 Closing Comments
Pages 63-66

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... Houry, he said, provided a broad overview of this public health crisis, the importance of the data that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is collecting of firearm injury and death, and the need for researchers and communities to collaborate on finding solutions to this public health problem. James then discussed the need to understand how disparities have perpetuated over time and serve as the root causes of firearm violence, and Dicker continued on that theme by addressing structural racism, its connection to the social determinants of health, and the need to address unmet social needs to have a chance at changing the trajectory of firearm violence in underserved communities.
From page 64...
... McBride then discussed the importance of health care systems and p ­ rofessionals developing a culturally competent, antiracist stance in a structured way to change the experience for the victims of firearm-related injuries and their families. For Sakran, the final panel underscored the importance of stories, with each of the four panelists using their experiences and talents to tackle this public health problem and build the necessary trust in the community.
From page 65...
... This is criti cal because only policy can fix what policy created in the first place, and we heard today how for far too long, policy has been used as a tool of oppression. Sakran said that as the nation faces dueling public health epidemics, it is now in a phase where it has both the opportunity and responsibility to eliminate health inequities that continue to decimate communities nationwide.1 Honoring the indiscretions of the past, he said, begins with implementing actionable solutions to chip away at the existing inequalities so that the ­country can finally realize a healthy, equitable, and inclusive society.

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