Engaging Gun Owners as Allies in Violence Prevention
Join the UNC IPRC on Wednesday, March 4 at 12:30pm in Bondurant Hall G030 for a seminar with Dr. Emmy Betz on the origins of “gun shop projects” and the development of the Colorado Firearm Safety Coalition. Her lecture will include lessons learned and tips for building effective engagement. Register here.
Dr. Betz is an emergency physician who works clinically at the University of Colorado Hospital and conducts research in injury epidemiology and prevention. She is currently an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine (University of Colorado School of Medicine), Deputy Director of the Program for Injury Prevention, Education and Research (Colorado School of Public Health), and a Research Physician at the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Core (Eastern Colorado VA).
Dr. Betz’s area of research expertise is “patient-centered injury prevention,” or the development and testing of acceptable, effective interventions for clinical settings. Her current areas of work include “lethal means safety” (i.e., reducing access to guns and other lethal methods for those who are suicidal), older driver retirement, and firearm safety in dementia. She co-founded and leads the Colorado Firearm Safety Coalition, a collaborative effort between public health and medical professionals and firearm retailers to reduce firearm suicides.