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Gun violence mirrors infectious disease in the way it clusters and spreads in communities. Epidemiologist Gary Slutkin noticed this similarity and developed a strategy to reduce gun violence based on his experience of eliminating tuberculosis, cholera and AIDS epidemics in Africa. The program has enjoyed astonishing success in cities in the United States and around the world. getAbstract recommends Slutkin’s novel cross-disciplinary idea to lawmakers, public health administrators and anyone interested in a possible solution to one of society’s most intractable problems.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What gun violence has in common with infectious disease,
  • What three steps can effectively stem epidemics, and
  • How to modify these steps to reduce gun violence.

About the Speaker

Epidemiologist Gary Slutkin founded Cure Violence, an initiative that views violence through a health lens.



American physician Gary Slutkin worked for more than a decade in Africa battling the spread of infectious diseases such as tuberculosis. Upon returning to the United States, he learned of the nation’s escalating gun violence. This growing crisis typically garnered

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