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NAHSE Statement on Public Health Crisis

The National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) is committed to advocating for the health and well-being of all people and specifically those from marginalized and underserved communities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 100 Americans die from gun violence every day. In addition, tens of thousands of Americans suffer non-fatal injuries from firearms each year, making gun violence a public health crisis. In the medical community, when addressing any epidemic, the first step is to limit the exposure to its cause. Gun violence is no different. In the wake of the recent tragic and fatal shootings in Uvalde, Laguna Woods, and Buffalo, NAHSE implores law makers at all levels of government to act to reduce access to high-power machine guns and increase access to mental health care. We all deserve to live in a safe society where all people can go to school, attend worship services, or participate in the activities of daily living without the fear and devastation of violence. In addition to physical injury and the loss of life, there are less visible but just as damaging effects, including trauma suffered by survivors and the public. As healthcare executives, we are confronted with the realities of life and death on a daily basis. Our goals are always to prevent death and improve quality of life. We believe that a concerted effort by our public, private and not for profit leadership that addresses gun violence and provides mental health resources is a step in the right direction.