Gun policy expert Daniel Webster, ScD began the first panel, which focused on policies. Jeffrey Swanson, PhD from Duke University is an expert in firearms as well as mental illness and violence prevention. Policies on licensing and stronger protections for victims of domestic violence were also topic points featuring Cassandra Crifasi, PhD and Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice’s April M. Zeoli, PhD, MPH.
The second panel focused on interventions and was segmented into different populations by speaker. JHSPH Alumna Shani Buggs, PhD, MPH spoke on high-risk individuals with group and cure violence intervention, Northeast Methodist Hospital’s Carnell Cooper, MD informed on emergency department and surgical experiences with hospital based interventions, and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Heath’s Charles C. Branas, PhD shared his research on reducing blight in urban areas. Wrapping up the panel, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health’s Linda C. Degutis, DrPH spoke on gun violence research.
The forum was live-streamed from Washington D.C. and the recording is now posted for viewing. The research and experiences shared by all the speakers highlighted the successes and challenges within gun violence prevention policies. Each also shared a call to action that supported the larger goal of ending gun violence.