Structural Violence, Gun Violence, and Health Equity Webinar, August 16th, 2022

The root causes of gun violence in the United States are complex, deep, and far-reaching. They are embedded in our social structures, systems, and institutions that prohibit people from meeting their basic needs. This harm inevitably begets more harm. As such, gun violence is a consequence of ongoing structural violence. Addressing it requires an understanding of the ways the roots connect and overlap on multiple levels.

Organized by Partners for Advancing Health Equity (P4HE Collaborative), the Violence Prevention Institute at Tulane University, with the support of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Alumni Relations Office, this panel discussion will highlight the issues, policies, and practices around gun violence and the need to broaden the lens for implementing preventative approaches.

In this webinar we will:

Evaluate the structural and social roots of gun violence and how they relate to health equity.

Learn about the epidemic of gun violence and its link with other forms of violence.

Discuss innovative strategies to combat the gun violence epidemic.

Explore next steps in using research to garner support for effective policy changes.


Julia Fleckman, PhD, MPH, Associate Director of the Violence Prevention Institute, Co-Director of the Center for Youth Equity, and Assistant Professor at the Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine

Tio Hardiman, Executive Director, Violence Interrupters Inc.

Tamara Jackson, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker for Hospital-based Intervention for Gun Violence Prevention, Executive Director of SilenceIsViolence

Sharven Taghavi, MD MPH MS, Director of Acute Care Surgery at Tulane Medical Center, Assistant Professor for the Tulane University School of Medicine, and faculty trauma surgeon at University Medical Center
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