Turning Experience into Action: This Is Our Lane

Joseph V. Sakran, John Maa, Peter T. Masiakos

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Purpose of Review: To discuss the origins, motivations, and accomplishments of the social media inspired movement @ThisIsOurLane, a grassroots action intended to raise awareness of the scope of the problem of gun violence and to provide examples of successful past clinician lead social media and grassroots legislative advocacy. Recent Findings: In 1 year, conversations to address the issue of gun violence in America have been moved from trauma rooms and societal meetings, into lecture halls, state, and federal legislatures. Social media played a large role in disseminating our message, and as a result, the number of research projects has increased, and an endgame to gun violence has been better defined. Summary: Healthcare providers have helped to define gun violence as a public health crisis and, because of our presence, have become important stakeholders in the national conversation about gun violence prevention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-9
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Trauma Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020


  • Advocacy
  • Firearm injury
  • Firearm legislation
  • Gun violence
  • Injury prevention
  • Surgeon general

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation


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