Gun violence as a public health issue

Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue forum #2
Saturday, April 22, 2017
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Highland Christian Center
7600 NE Glisan Street
Portland, Oregon 97213

Registration coming soon

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The Stand Together initiative

From shootings by and against police to mass shootings, gun violence is emblematic of social inequities, an end result of inequality and a story too often about race and hate. As healers, we see the trauma that gun violence inflicts. As a world class academic medical center where healing, teaching, discovery and diversity come together, we can and must take action.

On July 15, 2016, OHSU President Joe Robertson called for a series of institutional conversations "to help us ensure that our community can bring together diverse perspectives to address violence as a public health issue  – and that OHSU can act as a convener to bring together others in the communities we serve."

 

The advisory committee

The Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue Advisory Committee was convened by the OHSU Center for Diversity and Inclusion to plan a series of public forums. 

Committee membership: Subject matter experts who are students, faculty, and staff from the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health and a broad array of community stakeholders.

Role: Help inform the design and execution of three forums, starting in November 2016, addressing the impact of:

  • Gun violence and trauma
  • Racial tensions within and across communities of color
  • Racial tensions between communities of color and police officers
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    The forums

    Forum objectives: Support transparent, open, honest and ongoing conversations about race relations and implicit bias on our campuses and promote empathy and healing within and across our institutions, workplaces and communities. Enhance knowledge, disseminate information and identify opportunities for OHSU and community partners to reduce gun violence, including addressing the social and societal conditions that contribute to it, specifically:

  • Individual roles and responsibility – amplifying the discussion about historical trauma and ways to create a safer and more trusting culture through healing, inclusion, and equity;
  • Institutional factors – examination of racial tensions in workplace, classroom and in broader communities;
  • City-wide factors – identify strategies to increase diversity and to ensure inclusion and equity in employment, income, education, and housing across the city and state; and
  • Recommendations  – for policies, public health interventions, and partnerships involving our campuses, local neighborhoods and state-wide communities.