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Protecting Youth from Gun Violence

Public Health Approaches to PROTECTING YOUTH
from Gun Violence: COVID and Beyond

A THREE PART CONFERENCE SERIES
January 14, 21, and 28, 2021
Online, 4 – 5.30 pm ET

Northeastern University Bouvé College of Health Sciences, the School Health Academy, and the Public Health Advocacy Institute at Northeastern University School of Law present a three-part virtual conference to highlight the impact of gun violence on youth during the time of COVID and beyond.

The social and economic impact of COVID has increased the risk of gun violence affecting youth. Unrelenting stress and a spike in gun purchases have sparked an increase in gun violence that can be expected to continue post-COVID.

REGISTER NOW

Health care professionals and other experts will discuss the increased risk of gun violence at home and in public (including schools) during the COVID pandemic, and recommend public health approaches to reduce gun violence affecting youth. Each session includes Q&A and a moderated break-out discussion.

Who should attend?
Health care providers, public health officials, educators, policy makers, others working to protect youth from firearm injuries and death.

Conference fee: $75 for series
Credit: Nurses are eligible for CE credit

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Dr. Thea James

Dr. Thea James, MD
Vice President, Mission for Boston Medical Center
Director of the Violence Intervention Advocacy Program (VIAP), Boston Medical Center, Supervising Medical Officer
Boston Disaster Medical Assistance Team (MA-1 DMAT)
Founding member of the National Network of Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Advocacy Programs (NNHVIP)
Appointed to National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence (2011)

SPEAKERS

Kendall Bruce, MBA
Youth Violence Community Coordinator Specialist 
Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Lauren Cardoso, PhD candidate, MSW
Epidemiologist, Child & Youth Prevention, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Quaniqua Carthan-Love, MSSW, MA
Director of Planning and Programming, Cities United

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Cities United Youth Leader

Robin Cogan

Robin Cogan MEd, RN, NCSN
Nationally Certified School Nurse
Author, The Relentless School Nurse Blog

James Alan Fox — Northeastern University

Professor James Alan Fox, Ph.D
Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy at Northeastern University, Member of USA Today Board of Contributors

Mary Harvey, Ph.D
Director, Violence Transformed
Public Health Advocacy Institute, Northeastern University School of Law
Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School, Cambridge Health Alliance

Margo Lindauer — Northeastern University

Margo Lindauer, JD, LLM
Associate Clinical Professor and Director, Clinical Programs
Director, Domestic Violence Institute
Northeastern University School of Law

Peter Masiakos, MD — Mass General

Dr. Peter T. Masiakos, MS, MD, FACS, FAAP
Trauma Surgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital
Co-founder of MGH Center for Gun Violence Prevention

Professor Matthew Miller — Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University

Dr. Matthew Miller, MD, MPH, ScD
Professor of Health Sciences and Epidemiology at Northeastern University
Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health
Co-Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center

Mary Beth Miotto — Northeastern University

Dr. Mary Beth Miotto, MD, MPH, FAAP
Pediatrician, Vice President of the Mass Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics

Dean Carmen Sceppa, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University

Dr. Carmen C. Sceppa, MD, PhD
Dean of Bouvé College of Health Sciences
Northeastern University

Dr. Chana Sacks, MD
Medicine Researcher and General Internist
Massachusetts General Hospital
Co-Director, MGH Center for Gun Violence Prevention
Images Editor, New England Journal of Medicine

HOSTS

Sarah C Peck, JD

Sarah C. Peck, JD
Director, #UnitedOnGuns
Public Health Advocacy Institute
School of Law
Northeastern University

Mark Gottlieb — Northeastern University

Mark Gottlieb, JD
Executive Director
Public Health Advocacy Institute
School of Law
Northeastern University

Jenny Gormley

Jenny Gormley, DNP, MSN, RN, NCSN
Lead Nurse Planner, School of Nursing
Director, School Health Academy
School of Nursing
Bouvé College of Health Sciences
Northeastern University

Kathy Hassey

Kathy Hassey, DNP, MEd, RN
Director, School Health Academy
School of Nursing
Bouvé College of Health Sciences
Northeastern University

AGENDA

Part I — Risk of gun violence at home

January 14, 4.00 – 5.30 PM

Welcome

Carmen Sceppa, MD, Ph.D., Dean of the Bouve College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University

Keynote speaker

Dr. Thea James, Boston Medical Center
Dr. James will discuss BMC’s Violence Intervention Advocacy Program (VIAP), a hospital-based approach to protect youth from gun violence in their homes and communities.

Expert Panel

Dr. Matthew Miller, MD, MPH, ScD – expert on suicide and gun injuries
Margo Lindauer, JD – expert on domestic violence prevention

Discussion

Dr. Miller and Attorney Lindauer will discuss emerging effects of COVID on family life caused by increased stress, social isolation, and virtual schooling and the associated risk of suicide, domestic violence, and accidents in homes where a gun is present. Because gun violence at home is expected to continue post-COVID, our experts will describe evidence-based approaches that can reduce the risk of suicide, accidents, and domestic violence. The expert presentation will be followed by moderated Q&A.

Breakout Groups

Part II — Gun Violence in the Public Space

January 21, 4.00 – 5.30 PM

Expert Panel

Professor James Alan Fox, Ph.D – Expert on mass shootings and youth gun violence
Quaniqua Carthan-Love, MSSW, MA – Designer of youth leadership programs to reduce incidence of urban gun violence
Cities United Youth Leader
Robin Cogan, RN – School nurse, expert on school mental health resources

Discussion

Criminologist James Fox will discuss the increase of gun violence during COVID and the ongoing challenge of protecting youth from gun violence in urban communities. Quaniqua Carthan Love-will describe City United’s approach to protecting at-risk youth from violence and introduce an inspiring youth leader, who will speak from personal experience. Nurse Robin Cogan will discuss school mental health resource needs and describe approaches school nurses can use to assist youth in crisis. The expert presentation will be followed by moderated Q&A.

Breakout Groups

Part III — Public Health Recommendations

January 28, 4.00 – 6.00 PM

Expert Panel

Dr. Peter Masiakos and Dr. Chana Sacks, MD – Co-Directors of MGH Center for Gun Violence Prevention
Dr. MaryBeth Miotto, MD – Pediatrician
Mary Harvey, Ph.D – Expert on preventing community-based trauma
Kendall Bruce, MBA and Lauren Cardozo, PhD candidate, MSW — Massachusetts Department of Public Health youth injury prevention experts

Discussion

Health care providers and public health experts will recommend evidence-based actions that health care providers, school administrators, and policymakers can take to reduce gun violence affecting youth during COVID and beyond. The expert presentation will be followed by moderated Q&A.

Breakout Groups

For press inquiries please reach out to Sarah Peck at [email protected].
For registration questions, please contact Kathy Hassey at [email protected].

SPONSORS

School Health Academy, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University
Public Health Advocacy Institute — Northeastern University
#UnitedOnGuns