Web Forum

Exploring the Link Between Guns and Violence,
Part 2: Policy Action on the Ground
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 | 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific

In July, Dialogue4Health and APHA sponsored the first Web Forum exploring the link between guns and violence. The event included robust discussion about the role of public health in addressing the problem–and how work at the state and local level and new technologies can influence positive change.

In our second Web Forum, we are taking this discussion a step further and right into the policy arena. Our speakers will:

  • Discuss the role of the local elected official in the gun violence debate
  • Address the challenges and opportunities of coalition building around this topic
  • Further explore why violence should be viewed as a pandemic, and the problem solving approaches that such framing provides.

The recording and presentations from Exploring the Link Between Guns and Violence, Part 1 can be found here: dialogue4health.org/webforums/7_10_13.html






    Charlie Ransford, MPP
    Senior Researcher
    Cure Violence
    University of Illinois at Chicago
    Chicago, IL

    Charlie Ransford, MPPCharlie Ransford is the Senior Researcher at Cure Violence, an international public health initiative supporting community-based and city-wide violence prevention based at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His primary responsibility is to advance the theoretical basis for the Cure Violence model for preventing violence. In addition, Mr. Ransford also conducts research on the effectiveness of the model, helps to improve data collection, and works to change how people think about the issue of violence. Mr. Ransford has published papers on the Cure Violence model as well as issue of violence. Mr. Ransford trained in Urban Policy at the Harris School for Public Policy at the University of Chicago. (www.cureviolence.org)

    Brina Milikowsky, JD
    Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel
    NYC Office of the Mayor
    New York, NY

    Brina Milikowsky, JDBrina Milikowsky is Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel in the NYC Office of the Mayor, where she spends most of her time as a senior strategist for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the national bipartisan coalition of more than 1,000 mayors and 1.2 million grassroots supporters co-chaired by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Prior to joining the mayor’s office, she worked for a D.C-based legal advocacy organization, was policy director on a Congressional campaign, clerked for a federal judge, and practiced litigation at a New York City law firm. She is a graduate of Harvard University and New York University School of Law, where she was an Arthur Garfield Hayes Fellow in Civil Liberties. (www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org, www.demandaction.org)

    Vincent DeMarco, JD
    Maryland Citizen’s Health Initiative
    National Coordinator
    Faiths United To Prevent Gun Violence
    Baltimore, MD

    Vincent DeMarco, JD Vincent DeMarco is a long time advocate for public health causes including reducing teen smoking, expanding health care access, and gun violence. As National Coordinator of Faith United Against Tobacco, he is working to mobilize faith leaders across the country to help reduce smoking. On the success of this work, he also mobilized Faith United To Prevent Gun Violence. As President of Maryland Citizens’ Health initiative, he is working to guarantee quality, affordable health care for all Marylanders.  DeMarco is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he educates students on effective methods of advocating for public health policies. (http://faithsagainstgunviolence.org, http://healthcareforall.com)


    Georges Benjamin, MD, FACP, FNAPA, FACEP (E), Hon FRSPH
    Executive Director
    American Public Health Association
    Washington, DC

    Georges Benjamin, MDGeorges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP(E), Hon FRSPH, is the executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the United States oldest and largest organization of public health professionals. For the last 20 years he has been actively practicing public health at the local, national and international level. He is the publisher of the American Journal of Public Health, The Nation’s Health Newspaper and the APHA’s publication on infectious diseases, the Communicable Disease Manual (CCDM). Dr. Benjamin is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois, College of Medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians; a Fellow Emeritus of the American College of Emergency Physicians; an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health; a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. (www.apha.org)


The following documents are PDF versions of the speakers’ presentations and are intended to be used for reference only.

Ransford/Gun Violence: A Public Health Issue

Milikowsky/Mayors Against Illegal Guns


The following documents provide important background information that can enhance the Web Forum experience.

Confronting Violence: Answering Questions About the Epidemic Destroying America's Homes and Communities

A collection of American Journal of Public Health articles related to Gun Violence

A collection of open access papers about gun violence, veterans health, and suicide


The following websites provide important background information that can enhance the Web Forum experience.

American Public Health Association Violence Prevention
Urban Networks to Increase Thriving Youth
National Network of Hospital Based Interventions


The organizations listed below have come together to sponsor this important effort:

Public Health Institute Logo Kaiser Permanente The California Endowment

Public Health Institute

The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation

The California Endowment