BulletPoints Educational Program

You are invited to join CAPA for a Category 1 CME dinner presentation in Sacramento with the BulletPoints Project, a state-funded effort to develop and disseminate a curriculum to teach healthcare providers across California how to counsel at-risk patients about firearms. Amy Barnhorst, MD will discuss the 3A’s Model for preventing firearm injury among their patients: Approach, Assess, Act. This model teaches medical and mental health care providers how to identify patients at risk for firearm violence, suicide, and unintentional injury and how to help decrease their risk through respectful, collaborative, and culturally-affirming conversations rooted in harm reduction.  

Date: Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022 at 6:30pm 
Location: Prelude Kitchen & Bar
1117 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
CME: 1 Cat I CME Credit 
Registration Fee*: $75 for member / $130 for non-member
*Includes CME presentation and dinner (appetizer, entree, and dessert)

Clinical Strategies for Firearm Injury Prevention

Each year, approximately 40,000 people in the United States die from firearm-related injuries and twice as many are treated in emergency departments for nonfatal firearm injuries. In recent years, during the COVID-19 pandemic, firearm sales have increased dramatically, as have some risk factors for self-harm and interpersonal violence. Talking to patients about firearm access and risk, when it’s clinically relevant, is as important now as ever.  

Most clinicians feel that preventing firearm injury is within their scope of practice, and patients are generally receptive to these conversations. But many clinicians report they do not routinely assess risk or counsel patients on this topic, often citing lack of education and training as a primary barrier. 

Dr. Barnhorst is the Vice Chair for Clinical Services at the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and leader of the BulletPoints Project. In her clinical work, she treats patients with serious mental illness in the Emergency Department, the county jail, a Crisis Unit and a 50-bed inpatient psychiatric hospital. She’s a nationally recognized expert on the interface between firearms, violence, suicide and the mental health system.

During this session, PAs will learn how to:

  • Have culturally appropriate and respectful conversations with patients and their families to reduce risk
  • Identify risk for firearm-related harm and ways to engage with patients to reduce that risk
  • Describe available interventions for patients at risk of firearm-related harm

6:30-7:00pm  Introductions & Appetizers
7:00-8:00pm  CME Presentation & Dinner
 8:00-8:30pm   Discussion & Dessert