What you’ll find in the new health department dashboard that tracks city violence

By Layla A. Jones, Billy Penn | April 2, 2021

Stoneleigh Fellow Ruth Abaya is featured by Billy Penn for publishing a new public-facing Injury Prevention Dashboard in partnership with the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Public Health.

Mayor Jim Kenney has talked about using a public health approach to combat gun violence for years. In 2018, he declared Philadelphia’s deadly gun violence epidemic a “public health crisis.”

What does that actually mean?

Treating gun violence like other health crises would mean that, like most diseases, it can be prevented, fixed, treated, or healed. It’s an approach that’s backed up by studies and endorsed by health experts and civic leaders around the nation.

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