Group Health Cooperative debates violence as a public health issue and bans weapons at all Group Health facilities on April 16, 1994.

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  • Posted 3/05/2006
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On April 16, 1994, Group Health Cooperative members debate a resolution recognizing violence as a public health issue, and the majority vote to pursue an aggressive campaign to combat violence. The passage of this resolution results in a policy of banning weapons at all Group Health facilities.

During the course of the debate, Dr. Tommy Thompson, director of preventive care research, stated that "violence has a clear and measurable impact on the physical and mental health of all our citizens [and] on our clinics, our hospital emergency rooms, and all our healthcare facilities" (Crowley, 227). Some objected that Group Health was veering off on a political tangent, as in the old days, but most agreed that violence was a serious health issue.

Sources: Walt Crowley, To Serve the Greatest Number: A History of Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound (Seattle: UW Press/Group Health, 1996), 226-227.

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