Pittman County Executive and Arundel Arundel County Health Department Announce Strategic Plan to Reduce Gun Violence in Anne Arundel County – Southern Maryland News Net


Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman and the Anne Arundel County Health Department announce the release of a strategic plan to reduce gun violence led by the Gun Violence Response Team (GVIT) of the county.

Using a structured public health approach, the plan identifies data and evidence-based strategies that engage community members, law enforcement, mental and behavioral health agencies, and response organizations against armed violence in collaborative advocacy, prevention and response initiatives.

“Our Gun Violence Response Team has done an amazing job bringing together all county agencies and residents to address gun violence as a public health crisis,” County Executive Pittman said. “While politicians across the country are playing games with this crisis, we in Anne Arundel County are working to save lives.”

The strategic plan includes six overarching goals and corresponding objectives, strategies, evaluation measures and future steps. It is the culmination of an analysis of recent local trends in gun violence, a systematic review of the strategic plans of gun violence teams across the country, and input from members of the community. It incorporates recommendations made by the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force (GVPTF) formed by an executive order signed by the Pittman County Executive in 2019.

“We recognize that guns are in society, but we must eliminate violence which leads to countless deaths and injuries,” said health official Dr Nilesh Kalyanaraman. “Underlying this are challenging issues that require working in partnership with communities using evidence-based strategies. This is a challenge for which our county is ready.

The publication of the strategic plan falls on a difficult anniversary – the day a gunman killed Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters, five Gazette newsroom workers. The document is intended to be an all-in-one resource for the community and a blueprint for the future of gun violence prevention efforts in the county that grew out of the tragic incident. There are links, resources and charts to show the coalition’s progress. A range of experts from Anne Arundel County, City of Annapolis agencies, non-profit organizations, Anne Arundel Community College and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health contributed their expertise as members of the GVIT and in the development of the plan.

County Executive Steuart Pittman and Anne Arundel Health Officer Dr. Kalyanaraman, along with Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley, community advocates and GVIT members, will present and discuss the strategic plan today at 5:00 p.m. at an event at Guardians of the First Amendment. Memorial on Newman and Compromise streets in Annapolis.

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