The American Health Podcast featured a talk by Dr. Charles Branas, Gelman Endowed Professor and chair of epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health on how removing blight in urban areas can significantly reduce firearm violence. The podcast, co-hosted by the American Public Health Association and the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, was part of a forum held in Washington, DC on “Policies That Work to Reduce Gun Violence”, featuring the most up-to-date evidence on gun violence prevention.
Dr. Branas is known for his scientific leadership on interventions that directly transform places and improve determinants of health, such as access to medical care, greenspace, and housing. He is also one of a small group of scientists who have persisted in gun violence research despite larger disincentives, ultimately producing innovative and widely adopted approaches. Dr. Branas’ research has been applied in landmark Supreme Court decisions, Congress, and by numerous mayors and city councils.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on December 13