A Message from Dean Fallin Speaking to Recent Gun Violence

January 25, 2023

Message sent on behalf of Dean M. Daniele Fallin 

Dear Rollins Community, 

Our country continues to experience horrific mass shootings in communities across the United States including, most recently, those occurring in Half Moon Bay, Monterey Park, and Oakland, California; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. These incidents are tragedies that affect all of us and serve as sobering reminders to the ever-prevalent public health issue of gun violence facing our nation, our city, and our daily lives. 

My thoughts are with all who are personally affected by these tragedies. These recent attacks specifically impacted Asian communities during a time of celebration of the new year. I know many of you in our Rollins community have been directly or indirectly impacted by these senseless acts of violence. Please know that you are part of a community that cares about you here. We are always available to listen and to offer support through one-on-one conversations with your peers, supervisors, or community members, as well as through the mental health and religious life services offered by the university, including the Faculty Staff Assistance Program Counseling and Psychological Services, and the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life.  

While shootings like these have become both ubiquitous and expected, they are not inevitable. Our field can make a difference, with evidence-based strategies outlined by the APHA and the ASPPH. We must work together to address violence as a public health priority. Importantly, we must work together to create and nurture a sense of belonging for all people in our communities.   

With support,  


Daniele Fallin, PhD
James W. Curran Dean of Public Health
Rollins School of Public Health
Emory University