Health, community and government leaders to present measures to prevent gun violence at annual Northwell Health forum


NEW HYDE PARK, NY – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – As the US Senate continues to negotiate and debate President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” comprehensive plan, which includes $ 5 billion for anti-violence intervention programs, Northwell Health will virtually hold its third annual Gun Violence Prevention Forum on Dec. 15 starting at 11 a.m. ET. All are invited to register for the free three-hour event at

The Gun Violence Prevention Forum focuses on mobilizing the collective efforts of the healthcare industry, government, the private sector, advocacy groups, law enforcement, survivors of gun violence and their families to help inspire action to address a public health crisis that has demanded a record 43,635 American lives in 2020 and over 41,000 so far this year.

The forum’s keynote speaker for the year will be Susan Rice – the former US Ambassador to the United Nations – who is the Director of the US Homeland Policy Council. Amb. Rice will share an overview of the $ 5 billion ‘Build Better’ plan and how it could be used to help reduce gun deaths through violence response and research programs in communities. hospitals and the community.

In a very personal moment, a mother will share the story of her son, who was accidentally shot dead by a teenage parent. She will detail her family’s struggle and advocacy that arose out of the incident.

Northwell Health President and CEO Michael Dowling will host the forum, which will highlight other notable speakers, including:

  • Edward Skyler, Executive Vice President, Global Public Affairs, Citi

  • James A. Mercy, PhD, Director, Violence Prevention Division, Centers for Disease Control

  • Charles H. Ramsey, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner and Washington, DC Police Chief

  • Fatimah Loren Dreier, Executive Director, Health Alliance for Violence Intervention (HAVI)

  • A. Marc Harrison, MD, President and CEO, Intermountain Healthcare

  • Joseph Sakran, MD, director of general emergency surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital and gun violence survivor

  • Rev. Michael McBride, Director, Urban Strategies & Live Free Campaign

  • Jim Ross, Mayor of the City of Arlington, Texas

“Last week’s tragic shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan is an urgent reminder that we must take action against senseless gun violence,” Mr. Dowling said. “We hope this forum, further research, and hearings from members of our communities and government will help educate and lead to substantial policy change and behavior to prevent further deaths.”

For more from Mr. Dowling on Northwell Health’s mission to end gun violence, Click here.

Northwell Health created the Center for the Prevention of Armed Violence, directed by Chethan Sathya, MD, a pediatric trauma surgeon, following the first Gun Violence Prevention Forum in 2019. The Center aims to integrate gun injury and death prevention strategies into routine health care, especially in communities at risk. To do this, the team continues to invest in research and urges government leaders to fund gun violence programs. In 2020, Northwell Health received $ 1.4 million from the National Institutes of Health grant to establish a universal selection process to identify and intervene with people at risk of firearm injuries.

Earlier this year, Northwell Health also launched a gun violence prevention learning collaboration, which now includes hundreds of clinicians, researchers, executives and other healthcare workers from 35 states. The Learning Collaborative served as a forum for healthcare professionals to share their experiences and lessons learned in monthly sessions focused on best practice on topics such as data collection to build effective partnerships with faith groups and communities. other community organizations on violence prevention efforts.

“There has to be a change in the way we approach the problem with patients and educate clinicians about gun violence,” said Dr Sathya. “By listening to those affected by the tragedy and others on the front lines, we have a better chance of introducing new and effective intervention strategies to prevent mindless gun violence. ”

For more information on this year’s Gun Violence Prevention Forum program, speakers and to register your virtual participation, please visit

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