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Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Prevention and Policy

The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research's 25th Anniversary Symposium

Celebrating 25 Years of Gun Violence Prevention Policy and Research 

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The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research has achieved a national reputation for high-quality research, analysis, and evidence-based solutions to prevent gun violence and is a leader in training the next generation of researchers, practitioners, and advocates.  

Founded in 1995, the Center’s multidisciplinary faculty members study the effects of gun laws, the implementation and enforcement of gun policies, law enforcement strategies, and community violence prevention efforts. Faculty specialize in synthesizing research and conducting policy analyses to inform policy debates about how to reduce gun violence. They are frequently invited to advise federal, state, and local officials and to testify at congressional and state hearings. 

In addition to publishing articles in leading scientific journals, the Center produces numerous resources, including fact sheets and policy analyses and works closely with the media and others to disseminate findings to the general public and decision-makers. 

In recognition and celebration of the Center's achievements, they are organizing a special 25th Anniversary Symposium on March 3, 2021, at 4PM ET. The virtual webcast will reflect on the Center's rich history and achievements and feature dynamic conversations between gun violence prevention leaders and key stakeholders including Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Baltimore City Mayor, Brandon Scott. Hosted by Center Director, Daniel Webster, ScD, MPH, and Deputy Director, Cassandra Crifasi, PhD, MPH, the symposium will also provide a vision for what lies ahead for our next 25 years in the Center’s efforts to reduce gun violence. 

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Event Agenda

Welcome and Introduction
Daniel Webster, ScD, MPH, Bloomberg Professor of American Health, director
Cassandra Crifasi, PhD, MPH, assistant professor, deputy director

Congratulations from Johns Hopkins and other Leadership
President Ronald J. Daniels,
Ellen MacKenzie, PhD, Dean, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
Josh Sharfstein, MD, Vice Dean of Public Health Practice and Community Engagement
Michelle Spencer, MS, Associate Director, Bloomberg American Health Initiative
Ellen Alberding, President, The Joyce Foundation

Brief History of the Center
Deborah Leff, Former President, The Joyce Foundation
Garen Wintemute, MD, MPH, Director, Violence Prevention Research Program, University of California, Davis
Jon Vernick, JD, Professor, Former Co-Director
April Zeoli, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University, Alumni
Shani Buggs, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Violence Prevention Research Program, University of California, Davis

The Latest in Gun Violence Prevention Research
Cassandra Crifasi, PhD, MPH, assistant professor, deputy director
Shannon Frattaroli, PhD, MPH, associate professor, core faculty member
Alex McCourt, JD, PhD, MPH, Director of Legal Research 
Moderated by Nina Vinik, JD, Program Director, Gun Violence Prevention and Justice Reform, The Joyce Foundation

Using Center Data in Practice
John Feinblatt, President, Everytown for Gun Safety
Josh Horwitz, JD, Executive Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence.
Brian Frosh, Maryland Attorney General
Jen Pauliukonis, MPH, Director of Policy and Programming, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Liz Banach, Executive Director, Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence
Chris Carita, Detective, Special Investigations Threat Response, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Bloomberg Fellow with the Bloomberg American Health Initiative
JT Timpson, Director of Community Partnerships and Safety, Roca Baltimore

Public Opinions and Gun Violence Prevention Policies
Colleen L. Barry, PhD, MPP, Fred and Julie Soper Professor, Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management 
Chris Murphy, United States Senator, Connecticut

Youth Voices in Gun Violence Prevention Advocacy
Rebecca G. Williams, MSPH, Director of Academic Innovation and Outreach
Summer Youth Institute Alumni 

Gun Violence Prevention in Baltimore
Brandon Scott, Mayor, Baltimore City
Shantay Jackson, Director, Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement
Moderated by Daniel Webster, ScD, MPH, Bloomberg Professor of American Health, director

Racial Justice and Gun Violence Prevention 
Daniel Webster, ScD, MPH, Bloomberg Professor of American Health, director
Associate Provost for Academic Initiatives, Professor of Law, Director of the Criminal Justice Program, Wake Forest University School of Law

Roadmap for the Next 25 Years
Daniel Webster, ScD, MPH, Bloomberg Professor of American Health, director
Cassandra Crifasi, PhD, MPH, assistant professor, deputy director