Gun Violence: A Public Health Crisis Symposium

April 05, 2016
4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Knight Hall, Emerson Auditorium, Danforth Campus

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this symposium on the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Gun Violence: A Public Health Crisis initiative, focused on “Research, Reflection, and Responses.”

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In April 2015, we launched the Gun Violence: A Public Health Crisis initiative to determine “what we know,” “what we need to know,” and “what to do” about one of our greatest public health challenges: death and injury as a result of gun violence.

A year later, we will reconvene to examine the “Research, Reflection, and Responses” that we’ve experienced. We will share what we’ve heard, learned, and uncovered; outline the progress and partnerships we’ve made in this past year; connect this to insights from national experts; and foster a discussion about our next steps.

We look forward to welcoming our community of innovative thinkers and passionate advocates to this next phase of the initiative.

Presenters will include:

Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH, Medical College of Wisconsin
Sean Joe, PhD, MSW, Washington University
William G. Powderly, MD, Washington University
Deborah Prothrow-Stith, MD, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science
Jason Q. Purnell, PhD, MPH, Washington University
Daniel Webster, ScD, MPH, Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research

Please plan to join us for a reception following the program.

Parking and location:

We recommend that attendees park in Millbrook Garage (building 85 on this campus map), which is very near Knight Hall, the location of the event (building 55 on this campus map). The Danforth Campus recognizes all valid Medical Campus permits in yellow zones.

Attendees may print out a parking placard good for free parking in yellow zones on Danforth Campus during the event, which will be emailed in advance to those who registered, and is also available here. Please print out the parking pass and leave it on your dashboard.

Speaker bios


Dr. Hargarten is the Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and Associate Dean for the Global Health Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Hargarten serves as the Director of the Injury Research Center and is a member of its Education Core which is focused on the development of a model injury prevention and control curriculum integrated across all four years of the medical student curriculum, as well as the development of targeted injury prevention and control research training initiatives for medical and graduate students to prepare the next generation of injury research scientists. Dr. Hargarten is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Priorities for a Public Health Research Agenda to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence.

Sean Joe, PhD, MSW

Sean Joe, PhD, MSW, joined the Brown School at Washington University in Fall 2014 as the Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development. His research focuses on Black adolescents’ mental health service use patterns, the role of religion in Black suicidal behavior (NIMH), salivary biomarkers for suicidal behavior, and development of father-focused, family-based interventions to prevent urban African American adolescent males from engaging in multiple forms of self-destructive behaviors (e.g., suicidal behavior). Dr. Joe is a nationally recognized authority on suicidal behavior among African Americans. He is the 2009 recipient of the Edwin Shneidman Award from the American Association of Suicidology for outstanding contributions in research to the field of suicide studies and the 2008 recipient of the Early Career Achievement Award from the Society for Social Work and Research. He has published in the areas of suicide, violence, and firearm-related violence.

October 26, 2015

William G. Powderly, MD

Dr. Powderly is the director of the Institute for Public Health, the J. William Campbell Professor of Medicine, and co-director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Washington University School of Medicine. His field of research is HIV and infectious disease, and he also pursues global health interests including findings solutions to develop human capital in resource-limited settings through shared educational and research endeavors. For the past year he has also served as one of the leaders of the Gun Violence: A Public Health Crisis initiative.

William G. Powderly headshot
Larry J. Shapiro Director, Institute for Public Health; J. William Campbell Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine

Deborah Prothrow-Stith, MD

Dr. Prothrow-Stith has been appointed Dean and Professor of Medicine for the College of Medicine at Charles Drew University in Los Angeles, CA. She is recognized as one of the creators of a nationwide social movement to prevent violence, and her book, Deadly Consequences: How Violence Is Destroying Our Teenage Population and a Plan to Begin Solving the Problem, was the first to present the public health perspective on the topic to a mass audience. She is also the co-author of Sugar and Spice and No Longer Nice: How We Can Stop Girls’ Violence, Murder Is No Accident: Understanding and Preventing Youth Violence in America, and Health: Skills for Wellness, a state-of the-art high school health text.

Jason Purnell, PhD, MPH

Dr. Purnell is assistant professor at the Brown School at Washington University. He is interested in health disparities and social determinants of health broadly, with a specific focus on how socioeconomic and sociocultural factors influence health behaviors and strategies for mobilizing communities to address social determinants of health through programs and policies. Dr. Purnell leads the For the Sake of All project, which is focused on the health and well-being of African Americans in St. Louis using a social determinants lens. He is particularly interested in pairing financial interventions with evidence-based health behavior change strategies, and intervening within school settings to influence health and educational outcomes.

Daniel Webster, ScD, MPH

Dr. Webster is the Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, Deputy Director for Research for the Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence, and core faculty of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy.

Event Sponsors: The Institute for Public Health, the Office of the Chancellor, the Division of Emergency Medicine, the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences in Arts & Sciences, the School of Medicine, the School of Law, the Brown School, Campus Y, GlobeMed, Alpha Phi Omega, and Advocacy and Learning for Public Health Action

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