GEMS team publishes policy brief on gun carrying restrictions

The 2019 GEMS in Colombia published its first policy brief. Learn more about the brief, the project, and team below: 

The Policy Brief, in Brief

GEMS Colombia

In Latin America, only Brazil and Colombia have nation-wide permanent gun-carrying restrictions. In the case of Colombia, such restriction took place in 2016, largely in response to the high homicide rates, to the expectation that with the peace agreement private carrying of guns would be less necessary, and thanks to researchers that demonstrated these restrictions saved lives when implemented in specific cities within the country. The restriction is an administrative ruling that must be must be renewed every year by the government,  and its renewal often highlights the tensions between evidence at the population level and the perceptions of safety of some citizens that feel safer gun-carrying. Given that this is an important policy process that only two countries in Latin America have been able to carry out, more inform

ation is needed about the policy process and  the roles that different stakeholders played out to effectively pass and maintain this life-saving, but also controversial restriction. 

This team brought together students from the Johns Hopkins Schools of Public Health (JHSPH) and Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in collaboration with faculty and students from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia to develop unique approaches to understanding and tackling this challenge. By bringing students together with unique backgrounds and interests, this team broadened the scope of work to include analysis on policy, media, society, and stakeholder engagement. 

GEMS Colombia 2019

Image Source: GEMS 2019 Team

The GEMS Program 

GEMS aims to tackle complex global health challenges by forming multidisciplinary teams of faculty and students from JHU and its collaborators. These teams work together to apply disciplinary expertise, learn from each other's approaches, and build capacity in cross-disciplinary learning. GEMS students are required to live and work in-country for a minimum of 6 weeks though this can be accomplished over multiple trips. Twinning with local students is always encouraged where possible. Learn more about the GEMS program and its past awardees here. 

People

Stefan Baral, MD MPH,MBA,MSc

Director, Key Populations Program

Yukari C. Manabe, MD

Associate Director of Global Health Research and Innovation

Noreen Hynes, MD MPH

Director, Geographic Medicine Center of the Division of Infectious Diseases

Caitlin Kennedy, PhD MPH,BA

Co-Director, MPH concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health; Associate Director, Center for Qualitative...

Robert Bollinger Jr., MD MPH

Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE); Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Global...

Joanne Katz, ScD MS,BSc

Associate Chair, Director of Academic Programs
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