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Understanding Gun Violence:
Teach-In & Panel Discussion

Please join us this Friday, March 9th at noon in Sommer Hall to hear from representatives from both the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Gun Policy and Research and the School of Medicine for a teach-in and panel discussion in response to the Parkland, FL school shooting and the escalating national discussion that has ensued as a result.

As a community of health professionals, gun violence affects all of us—in the research that we do, the patients we treat, and the very communities in which we reside here in Baltimore City. Come learn the facts, hear answers to the most pressing questions from lead experts, and find out what you can do to become involved in future advocacy efforts.


Fri, March 9, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST


Sommer Hall (E2014)
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21205





Speakers include:

Daniel Webster, ScD, MPH

Daniel W. Webster, ScD, MPH is Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Webster is Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research and Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence. He leads the Johns Hopkins-Baltimore Collaborative for Violence Reduction and holds a joint appointment as Professor in the School of Education's Division of Public Safety Leadership at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Webster is one of the nation’s leading experts on firearm policy and the prevention of gun violence. He is co-editor and contributor to Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis (JHU Press, 2013). He has published numerous articles on firearm policy, the prevention of gun violence, intimate partner violence, and youth violence prevention. He has studied the effects of a variety of violence prevention interventions including firearm and alcohol policies, policing strategies, street outreach and conflict mediation, and school-based curricula. Dr. Webster teaches Understanding and Preventing Violence and Graduate Seminar in Injury Research and Policy.

Jon S. Vernick, JD, MPH

Jon S. Vernick, JD, MPH is a Professor and Deputy Chair in the Department of Health Policy and Management at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prof. Vernick is also Co-Director of both the Johns Hopkins Center for Center for Law and the Public’s Health and of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research. He is Deputy Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy. Prof. Vernick is principal instructor for courses on Issues in Injury and Violence Prevention, and Public Health and the Law. He is Co-Director of the School’s MPH/JD dual degree program and an Associate Chair of the school-wide MPH program. Jon Vernick’s work has concentrated on ways in which the law and legal interventions can improve the public's health. He is particularly interested in epidemiology, policy, legal, and ethical issues associated with preventing injuries and violence, having published more than 100 scholarly articles, chapters, and reports on these and other topics. He has also examined issues regarding public health preparedness and tobacco policy. His public health practice includes working with the media, advocates and practitioners to provide information about effective interventions to policy makers and the courts.

Cassandra Crifasi, PhD, MPH

Dr. Cassandra Crifasi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management and a core faculty member in the Center for Gun Policy and Research. She also serves as the Deputy Director of the Johns Hopkins-Baltimore Collaborative for Violence Reduction. Dr. Crifasi’s research focuses on injury epidemiology and prevention, gun violence, and the evaluation of policies that impact public safety. She received her PhD in Health Policy and Management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2014 and an MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health from the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health in 2010.

Shannon Frattaroli, PhD, MPH

Shannon Frattaroli, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she serves as core faculty with the Center for Gun Policy and Research. At the School Dr. Frattaroli teaches courses in Public Health Policy Formulation and Implementation Research and Practice. Her research focuses on policy and advocacy strategies designed to prevent injury and violence – particularly firearm-related domestic violence, with particular attention to how interventions are implemented once in place. Dr. Frattaroli is committed to efforts that advance the translation of research findings into policy and practice. Toward that end she is involved in the educational efforts and scholarship about laws that provide a process for temporarily dispossessing people of their firearms when they are exhibiting dangerous behaviors.

Emma Beth McGinty, PhD, MS

Dr. Emma Beth McGinty’s research focuses on how health and social policies affect mental health and substance use. She is interested in integration of behavioral, somatic and social services for people with mental illness and substance use disorders. She also studies policy issues at the juncture of behavioral health and criminal justice policy. Her research examines implementation and outcomes of Affordable Care Act and other policy initiatives designed to integrate the financing and delivery of services for vulnerable populations, for example Maryland’s Medicaid Health Home program for persons for persons with serious mental illness; state-level efforts to enroll justice-involvement populations in Medicaid; how policies to prevent people with serious mental illness from having guns affect stigma, mental health treatment seeking, and gun violence; how health and criminal justice policies can reduce non-medical use of prescription pain medications; and how illegal drug markets affect community violence. In addition, Dr. McGinty has an overarching interest in policy communication, public opinion, and message framing. She conducts public opinion and experimental message framing research focused on mental illness, addiction, stigma, and violence.

Christian Daniel Jones, MD, MS

Christian Jones M.D., is an assistant professor in Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Department of Surgery’s Division of Acute Care Surgery. After completing a postgraduate degree in mathematics, Dr. Jones changed his focus to medicine, graduating from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California before his residency in general surgery at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He then pursued his fellowship in surgical critical care at The Ohio State University, before joining the faculty there in 2013 and serving as the associate medical director of trauma services, course director for senior surgical students and medical director for process improvement for the Department of Surgery.

Dr. Jones comes to Johns Hopkins from Ohio State to serve as an acute care surgeon, specializing in surgical critical care, trauma surgery and emergency general surgery. He works to deliver appropriate acute care to surgical patients and to teach others to do the same. He also performs research into the outcomes of critically ill and injured patients, the prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolic disease, and the novel delivery of surgical education and advocacy.

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