Gun Violence Initiative News & Updates

Working to Limit Gun Violence
Collaborate to Change St. Louis: 2016 Event Recap
Youth and Gun Violence: NOW Is the Time for Action
Data Visualization Skill Lab
Public Health Challenge: Reducing Gun Violence in St. Louis
St. Louis Area Violence Prevention Collaborative
Supporting Violence Prevention Research
Guns, Suicide and Safety
Video Project: Not Another One
Study Examines Firearm Injuries And Deaths Among St. Louis-Area Children
Preventing Gun Violence: Evidence-Based Optimism In A Realistic World – Symposium Summary and Videos
St. Louis International Film Festival Includes A Number Of Films Exploring Gun Violence
Guns In The Hands Of Artists
Showcasing Diverse Perspectives On Gun Violence
Dual Library Exhibits On Gun Violence
Gun Violence Initiative Launches With Standing-Room-Only Event

Working to limit gun violence

Institute for Public Health symposium reveals methods, statistics, costs behind shootings. Tears well. Her voice catches. Erica Jones lost a 24-year-old daughter to gun violence in the streets of St. Louis. In August 2015, Whitney Brown was getting into her new car at the intersection of Mimika and Shulte avenues, with her 5-year-old son in the back seat and a sister nearby, when bullets poured from an approaching vehicle. That’s why the mother now raising her orphaned grandson speaks out, when she can speak about it at all.

Collaborate to change st. louis: 2016 event recap

Washington University student group MedX hosted the Collaborate to Change St. Louis (C2C StL) program development workshop on January 28. During this all-day event, high school students from the Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience (St. Louis Public Schools) worked together in teams to develop solutions to gun violence.

Youth and gun violence: now is the time for action

Story Stitchers youth hosted a second video-taped discussion on November 10th at Kranzberg Arts Center’s Black Box Theater to reopen topics explored in last year’s discussion. Stitchers Teen Council Co-Chairs Aniya and Toryon, both seniors in high school, led guest high school youth from University City High School, McCluer High School, Central Visual and Performing Arts High School, and Cleveland NJROTC Academy in a closed-set, video-taped discussion on gun violence prevention and police/teen relations.

Data Visualization Skill Lab

The university offered a class this fall that combined data visualization with real-world crime data. This class was the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art’s course “Capstone in Design 1: Form and Function.” It included a Data Visualization Skill Lab in which students formed interdisciplinary teams to explore crime data from St. Louis City. This was a collaboration between Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art, the Institute for Public Health’s Public Health Data and Training Center, and the Brown School. Students from both schools were eligible to enroll.

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Public Health Challenge: Reducing Gun Violence in St. Louis

Washington University’s Institute for Public Health and Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship partnered to host a three-day immersive public health challenge.

Held September 16-19, 2016, multidisciplinary teams of students developed social and entrepreneurial concepts to reduce gun violence in St. Louis. More than a dozen students participated in the event which included an ideation session and three different mentor panels—affected community members, community partners, and social and business innovation partners.

St. Louis Area Violence Prevention Collaborative

Washington University in St. Louis and the United Way of Greater St. Louis have formed a joint partnership that aims to provide support and resources to local initiatives that are uniting in their efforts to combat gun violence in the region. The St. Louis Area Violence Prevention Collaborative will work to reduce violent crime in the region by promoting a coordinated, well-resourced support system and interventions among area governments, institutions and agencies that serve individuals and families most at risk of violent crime.

Supporting Violence Prevention Research

Patricia Cavazos-Rehg, PhD, in Washington University’s Department of Psychiatry was awarded $15,000 by the Institute for Public Health to support her project “Examination of the role of social media on substance use and violence behaviors.”

Guns, Suicide and Safety

In the United States, there are more than 32,000 deaths per year from gun violence. More than 60% are from suicides.  These issues and more were discussed during “Guns, Suicide and Safety,” a community forum sponsored by the Brown School and the Institute for Public Health at Washington University on February 15, 2016. The panel was moderated by Sean Joe, PhD, associate dean for faculty and research at the Brown School and the Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development. Joe is one of the nation’s foremost experts on suicidal behavior among African Americans.

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October 26, 2015

Video Project: Not Another One

In November 2015 the St. Louis Story Stitchers convened a group in the Guns in the Hands of Artists exhibit at the Des Lee Gallery, to videotape a frank conversation about gun violence with St. Louis teens and community leaders.

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December 22, 2015

Study Examines Firearm Injuries and Deaths Among St. Louis-area Children

During a five-year period ending in 2013, 398 children ages 16 or under were taken to one of two hospital emergency rooms in St. Louis for gun-related injuries, according to a study by researchers at the School of Medicine. Of those children, 20 later died. A recent study offers a picture not only of the frequency of such incidents but of the circumstances that contributed to the injuries and deaths. Such knowledge, the researchers believe, can help identify risk factors and stem gun-related injuries.

“Preventing Gun Violence: Evidence-based Optimism in a Realistic World” Symposium Summary and Videos

The Brown School organized a symposium on November 12, 2015 to initiate a community dialogue about gun violence as a public health issue and to review research and evidence to inform prevention and response practices. Harold Pollack, University of Chicago professor and co-director of the Chicago Crime Lab, provided the keynote address, which was followed by a facilitated discussion with panel of community leaders.

St. Louis International Film Festival Includes a Number of Films Exploring Gun Violence

The 24th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival took place in November 2015 and featured a number of films exploring issues and themes relating to gun violence. The initiative helped to promote these films, many of which took place on Washington University’s campus.

Guns in the Hands of Artists

The Des Lee Gallery at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts presented Guns In The Hands of Artists, a pivotal exhibition that has started a national dialogue within the arts, from Sept. 16 through Nov. 2, 2015. Conceived of in the mid-1990s, the exhibition grew out of artist Brian Borrello’s response to the growing gun violence crisis in New Orleans.

Showcasing Diverse Perspectives On Gun Violence

In October 2015, the Institute published a series of blog posts from physicians, concerned citizens, and faculty exploring a variety of perspectives and resources on issues surrounding gun violence.

Dual Library Exhibits On Gun Violence

In fall 2015, the initiative showcased gun violence prevention research and resources through special, simultaneous exhibits at the John M. Olin Library on the Danforth Campus, and the Bernard Becker Medical Library on the Medical Campus.

Gun Violence Initiative Launches With Standing-Room-Only Event

An event on April 21, 2015 launched this yearlong initiative at Washington University in St. Louis. The program attracted a standing-room-only crowd at the Eric P. Newman Education Center at the School of Medicine.