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Media Advisory: Democrats to Host Forum on Public Health Solutions to Gun Violence

Oct 25, 2017
Press Release

Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Congressman Bobby Rush (D-IL) will hold a Democratic Forum at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, October 26, 2017 in the Library of Congress with public health and gun violence prevention experts to explore public health solutions to gun violence in America. 

During the forum, members from the Energy and Commerce Committee will hear from public health experts on approaches to prevent gun violence and the role federally-funded research must play in America’s response to the gun violence epidemic.

“As members of Congress, we need to acknowledge gun violence in America for what it is: a public health crisis,” Pallone said. “Congressman Rush and I are inviting our colleagues to hear from public health experts on steps Congress can take to better understand and prevent gun violence in America.  I look forward to learning more on the positive steps Congress can take to address gun violence including providing funding and support for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to advance research and evidence-based interventions to keep our families safe.”

“Gun violence is a plague on our society. This epidemic transcends location, race, and status,” Congressman Bobby Rush, who represents the Southside of Chicago, said. “Like the federal governments continuing response to the opioid abuse epidemic, we need urgent dedication to and action on this tragic public health crisis. I’m happy to work with my friend, Ranking Member Pallone, on this issue and look forward to bringing attention to public health solutions that protect our communities.”

Title: Exploring Public Health Solutions to Gun Violence in America

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Time: 11:30 am

Location: The Member’s Room, Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, located on the second floor.

List of participants:

  • Kris Brown, JD, Co-President, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
  • Kyle Fischer, MD, MPH, Policy Director, National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs, Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Ruth Glenn, Executive Director, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Sharon Homan, MS, Ph.D., President, Sinai Urban Health Institute, Sinai Health System
  • Corinne Peek-Asa, MPH, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research, College of Public Health, University of Iowa;  Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health; Director of the International Injury and Violence Prevention Training Program
  • Megan Ranney, MD, MPH, FACEP, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Alpert Medical School, Brown University; Core Researcher, Injury Prevention Center of Rhode Island Hospital; Director, Emergency Digital Health Innovation Program
  • Susan B. Sorenson, Ph.D., Professor of Social Policy, Professor of Health & Societies, Senior Fellow in Public Health, Director, Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center on Family Violence, University of Pennsylvania
  • Monica Valdes Lupi, JD, MPH, Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission
  • Joseph L. Wright, MD, MPH, FAAP, Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Howard University College of Medicine