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Bloomberg American Health Initiative


The Challenge

Violence tears at the fabric of our city neighborhoods and communities nationwide.

Homicide claimed the lives of 14,249 Americans in 2014, with deaths from gun violence occurring at a rate 25 times that of other developed nations. The prevalence of child abuse, intimate partner violence, physical assaults, shootings, and suicide mean that some form of violence has touched and devastated the lives of many Americans. However, low-income communities and minorities overwhelmingly bear the brunt of the stress, trauma and grief of pervasive violence.

adolescent Icon Homicide claimed 14,249 American lives in 2014; a violent crime occurs every 26.3 seconds.

Violence as a Health Issue

The Bloomberg School's foundational research and advocacy on gun violence frames the issue as a public health concern and serves as an ideal starting point for progress under the Bloomberg American Health Initiative. For example, in a 2015 paper in the American Journal of Public Health, Johns Hopkins researchers found that the implementation of Connecticut’s permit-to-purchase law was associated with a 40% reduction in the gun homicide rate over ten years. The School's work on violence builds on a tremendous legacy of injury prevention, including seminal work in reducing automobile crashes and injuries at home.