Northwell Health commits $1M to fight gun violence

Calling on health systems to lead the charge against gun violence, New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based Northwell Health President and CEO Michael Dowling pledged to give $1 million to organize providers around the public health issue at a forum on Dec. 12.

Northwell Health hosted a Gun Violence Prevention Forum in New York City, bringing together leaders from more than 100 health systems and industry groups alongside physicians, trauma surgeons, mass shooting survivors, researchers and policy experts. At the forum, Mr. Dowling urged healthcare executives to sign their names to a call to action, signaling a pledge to build awareness around gun violence prevention and advocate for real change.

"I have been frustrated by the inability of many health system CEOs to stand up and talk about the issue of gun violence," Mr. Dowling said at the forum, according to a blog from Northwell Health. "CEOs can't be silent anymore, not on an issue this big. If you have the courage and strength to run a big health system, you should have the courage to stand up and talk about this. My goal is to get all major health systems in the United States to pledge their support."

Read more about the event here.

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