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Gun violence response team to hold community meeting on October 28

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health Gun Violence Response Team will host its fall community meeting on Thursday, October 28, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.

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The meeting, which is open to the general public, will include an introduction by the county health official, Nilesh Kalyanaraman, MD, and Isabella Young, GVIT program coordinator. There will be updates from GVIT data; education and politics; and environmental and community safety working groups. Trends in local firearms incidents will also be reported.

A representative from the local chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a grassroots organization to protect people from gun violence, will present a Be Smart session on safe gun storage. The Be Smart session will focus on gun safety and will not discuss policy, laws or policies related to the possession and use of firearms.

The fall meeting will conclude with a 30-minute train-the-trainer session on suicide prevention. At the end of this training, participants will understand the main research on suicide prevention; know the local and national resources available, and know how to talk about them and intervene to prevent suicide in their community.

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GVIT was established under the auspices of the Department of Health in August 2020 to address gun violence as a public health issue under a directive from the Steuart Pittman County Executive. Through meetings and working groups with more than a dozen partner agencies, GVIT uses a public health, data-driven and community-engaged approach to address gun violence.

To register for the Armed Violence Response Team meeting, go to

For more information, send an email [email protected].

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