Parkland, FL students, parents of Colorado theater shooting victim, health care leaders join forces to address gun violence
—Gun Violence Prevention Forum, hosted by Northwell Health, brings together physicians, researchers, law enforcement and victims’ advocates—
WHAT: The numbers are in, and they are horrifying. To date, there have already been more mass shootings in the US than days in the year — 385 as of December 1. According to recent reports, this year has been the worst in terms of injuries and lives lost to gun violence—408 deaths and 1,477 injuries.
To increase awareness of gun violence as a public health issue that is threatening the health and wellness of Americans and to mobilize the health care industry to find ways of stopping the bloodshed (a movement that now boasts its own hastag #ThisIsOurLane), physicians, trauma surgeons, researchers, policy experts and some of the nation’s leading health care executives will gather to share their thoughts on how to address this national public health crisis.
The Gun Violence Prevention Forum, hosted by the Northeast’s largest health system Northwell Health, will bring together the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) head of counterterrorism as well as victims’ advocates, including a student from Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, where 17 were killed and 17 others injured in a mass shooting February 2018.Also speaking will be Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, founders of a victims’ support group called “Survivors Empowered” after their daughter and 11 others were killed in the 2012 Aurora, CO theater shooting.
The event will offer presentations ranging from the impact of gun violence, collaboration among first responders and inspiring words from impacted high school students.
Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, Founders of “Survivors Empowered,” whose work traveling the country to build a network of mass shooting survivors, victims and families was featured earlier this year on 60 Minutes;
Marisol Martinez, a survivor of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, and Payton Francis, a student at nearby American Heritage High School, who are both activists/singers with Operation Rescue raising their voices against gun violence through musical performances;
Mark Rosenberg, MD, Public Health Research and Former Head of US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control;
Robert McLean, MD, President, American College of Physicians;
John Miller, Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counterterrorism, NYPD;
Daniel Webster, MD, Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research;
Megan Ranney, MD, Chief Research Officer, American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine;
Michael Dowling, President & CEO, Northwell Health, who has been advocating for his fellow health care CEOs to raise their collective voices to combat gun violence.
See the full agenda and schedule here.
WHERE: Kimpton Hotel Eventi, 851 6th Avenue, New York, NY
(Note to editors: All speakers are available for print and broadcast interviews).