About the Gun Violence Initiative

Part of the Center for Community Health Partnership and Research at the Institute for Public Health, the Gun Violence Initiative was launched in spring 2015 to tackle one of our greatest public health challenges: death and injury as a result of gun violence.

Read blog posts from WashU and community stakeholders regarding gun violence.

We invite scholars, medical professionals, community leaders, and citizens to take a hard look at the serious and tragic public health consequences of gun violence in America. The initiative explores three key themes: What we know, what we need to know, and what to do about this critical issue.

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“Bringing together our academic strengths to address major societal challenges is a part of our mission,” said Chancellor Emeritus Mark S. Wrighton. “Our goal, by engaging in the conversation, is to help develop real solutions that have a real chance of making a real difference and, in the process, help to reduce death and injury from firearms.”

We work with national experts, partners across Washington University, and stakeholders throughout the St. Louis community to:

  • Better understand and raise awareness of the issues
  • Identify gaps in available data and research, and explore ways that Washington University can help address those gaps
  • Empower policymakers and the public with better information to guide their decision-making
  • Find actionable measures that can lead to the reduction in gun violence

Read about our St. Louis Area Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Program:  Life Outside of Violence (LOV)

Read about additional Gun Violence Initiative key partnerships.

Read about the Gun Violence Initiative and related topics in the news.

Contact for Gun Violence Initiative: 

Kateri Chapman-Kramer, MSW, LCSW
314-273-3844 |