This APHA webinar explored gun violence in the U.S and a comprehensive public health approach to addressing the complexity of the growing crisis.
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Webinar transcript (PDF)
- Mighty Fine, MPH, CHES (Moderator), Director, APHA Center for Public Health Practice and Professional Development
- Linda Degutis, DrPH, MSN,
Professor, Yale School of Public Health
Adjunct Professor at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University
Consultant in Injury and Violence Prevention and Policy
Review of Gun Violence in the U.S.
- Howard R. Spivak, MD,
Former Principal Deputy Director of the National Institute of Justice at the US Department of Justice
Former Director of the Division of Violence Prevention at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control
Reducing Gun Violence through Public Health Interventions
- Meishka Mitchell, AICP, PP, Vice President at Camden Community Partnership
Gun Violence Prevention and Intersectionality
- Joseph Richardson, Jr., PhD, Professor of African-American Studies and Medical Anthropology at the University of Maryland
Lead Epidemiologist for the Center for Injury Prevention and Policy Violence Intervention Program University of Maryland Medical Systems
The Way Forward
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About our Speakers
Linda C. Degutis, DrPH, MSN, currently lives in Decatur, Georgia, and received her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing from DePaul University, her MSN from Yale Graduate School of Nursing, and her DrPH in chronic disease epidemiology from Yale School of Public Health. She is currently a lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health, and Adjunct Professor at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Currently, Degutis is a member of the Advisory Committee for Systems for Action, a program that is part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s initiative at creating a culture of health. In addition, she Chairs the board of directors of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluations, and is a member of the Advisory Committee of the College of Sciences and Health at DePaul University. Degutis recently co-edited the book “Gun Violence Prevention: A Public Health Approach” which was published by the APHA Press. Degutis continues to be involved in policy, research and teaching, as well as serving as a consultant in injury and violence prevention and public health.
Howard Spivak, MD, a world class expert in violence and violence prevention, recently stepped down as the Principal Deputy Director of the National Institute of Justice at the US Department of Justice. He served as the Director of the Division of Violence Prevention at the CDC. He has held positions as Professor of Pediatrics and Community Health at Tufts University School of Medicine and Deputy Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
He also participated in co-founding the first public health youth violence prevention program in the nation in the City of Boston. He has published numerous articles on youth violence and violence prevention and is co-author of two books on youth violence, "Murder Is No Accident" and "Sugar and Spice and No Longer Nice." Spivak trained as a pediatrician in the City of Boston. He is married and currently living in Brookline, Massachusetts. He has two adult children and one grandson.
Joseph B. Richardson, Jr., PhD, is a Professor of African American Studies and Medical Anthropology at the University of Maryland. He is the Lead Epidemiologist for the Center for Injury Prevention and Policy Violence Intervention Program where he leads a research team to investigate firearm-related violence injury, trauma, and the effectiveness of hospital-based violence intervention programs under the University of Maryland Medical Systems. He is the Co-Founder and Founding Co-Director of the Capital Region Violence Intervention Program, a hospital-based violence intervention program at the University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center. He is the Executive Director of the Transformative Research and Applied Violence Intervention Lab (TRAVAIL), a gun violence research lab in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland. He is also the Executive Producer of Life After the Gunshot, a digital media project that explores the intersection of the healthcare and criminal justice systems among young Black male survivors of violent firearm injury in DC and Prince George’s County, Maryland.
Meishka L. Mitchell, AICP, PP, is Vice President at Camden Community Partnership (formerly Cooper’s Ferry Partnership), a community and economic development nonprofit organization in her hometown of Camden, New Jersey. She played a key role in broadening Camden Community Partnership’s mission to address planning and redevelopment efforts in Camden’s neighborhoods with a resident-driven approach. Mitchell has managed the implementation of numerous critical infrastructure and park improvement projects and is instrumental in Camden’s innovative placemaking initiatives. Mitchell has led efforts on water equity and established several award-winning replicable sustainability collaborations. Mitchell has a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. Mitchell is also certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners and maintains a Professional Planners license with the State of New Jersey.