Something different has been happening over the last few months.  As the world is continuing to confront the problem of violence, the conversation is increasingly talking about violence as a health and public health issue.  And this is happening in Every. Single. State. (and also DC) This is perspective change in action.

Check out these examples from each of the fifty states – all within the last couple of months:

These articles are a random sample of news articles that are framing violence as a health issue.  It is obviously not complete – much of the impactful work of our partners is not represented in this list nor do the articles represent the perspectives of the Movement or the state named.  The exercise is meant to display that progress is being made, but as you can see in many of the articles (if not all), there is still so much that needs to be done.

But, as we all know, just saying violence is a health issue isn’t enough. We must continue to push forward to identify opportunities to invest in comprehensive systems change – to save lives and heal from the devastating impact of violence.  These changes must be supported by policy changes that move us closer to equity, have multi-sector buy-in and accountability. So, let’s take some time to reflect, celebrate and then dive back in and keep up the good work.*