AFFIRM’s Reframe model is a practical way to translate scientific research into community-driven, culturally-responsive prevention practices to reduce all forms of firearm injury risk in unique communities. There is often a lack of trust between firearm stakeholders (owners, sellers, trade associations, etc., as well as firearm-owning physicians and patients) and those working to reduce firearm injury and death. Our Reframe model centers the conversation around the experiences of the community, and proposes prevention strategies based on evidence and community partnerships, rather than policy.
The Reframe is unique in that it presents the firearm injury arc – from tragedy to hope – through real stories from members of the community, shared with the community. It backs up these narratives with evidence-based methods for reducing firearm injury. The Reframe conversations serve a dual purpose:
- To create a shared sense of purpose and trust, focused on firearm injury as a preventable health problem.
- To develop and link evidence-based, health-centric solutions and systems of care. We break down silos, connect local and national resources, and share knowledge and data in ways that resonate with the community.
We are enthusiastic about partnering with healthcare systems and providers across the country to redefine what firearm injury means, and to create new systems of care that prevent it from happening and mitigate its effects.