Join us for a free, public symposium about firearm violence prevention April 25.
Organized by Master of Public Health students, this event will promote a constructive conversation around firearm violence prevention, including a keynote speech by Dr. Garen Wintemute, a UC Davis emergency physician and directer of the UC Davis Firearm Violence Research Center, and a response panel with Ricky Bluthenthal, Associate Dean for Social Justice at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
The two-hour seminar will feature voices and perspectives medical providers, violence prevention researchers, community activists, community members, responsible gun owners, people affected by gun violence, law enforcement and more. Participants will hear talks and engage in practical skills workshops about the overall impact of firearm violence and how individuals and communities can work towards mitigating the risk of firearm-inflicted injury and mortality.
Dinner from Homegirl Cafe and catering is included for registered guests.
UC-Davis What You Can Do Initiative
What You Can Do is a prevention initiative hosted at UC-Davis mobilizing health care providers to engage in clinical strategies for reducing firearm injury and death. Although a majority of providers feel it is within their responsibilities to identify risk for firearm injury and death and to talk with at-risk patients about firearm safety, few do so in practice.
The American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine (AFFIRM)
The American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine (AFFIRM) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation comprised of healthcare professionals and researchers working together to find lasting solutions to curb the epidemic of firearm violence across the United States. Their funding goes directly to research that will inform protocols for everyone working on the frontlines of healthcare, develop innovative solutions that connect our network to other first responders and stakeholders, and create education and information for healthcare professionals and the public.
Be SMART for Kids
Be SMART is a national gun safety campaign started by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America advocating for responsible gun ownership and reducing child gun deaths. Moms Demand Action volunteers encourage parents and caretakers — gun owners and non gun owners alike — to “Be SMART” and take five simple steps to help prevent shootings by children: Secure all guns in homes and vehicles, Model responsible behavior, Ask about unsecured guns in other homes, Recognize the role of guns in suicide, Tell peers to Be SMART.
Joining us for the symposium is Anna Stump, an artist and arts educator living in San Diego. She was a Senior Fulbright Scholar to the Fine Arts Department at Anadolu University in Eskisehir, Turkey in 2006-2007. She teaches studio and art history courses at San Diego City College and Grossmont College. Anna is the founder of the San Diego Feminist Image Group, and one half of the painting collaboration Hill&Stump. In her own words: “My work as a painter, performance artist, and curator is intimately connected. Interest in body politics, feminism, and physicality is grounded in community building and education, which I challenge personally by cultural risk-taking. My job is to both please and provoke.”
Ted Meyer-Scarred for Life Project
For over 16 years, Ted Meyer has been visually telling the stories of other people who have been through major medical traumas, creating a graphic yet beautiful depiction of people’s suddenly altered bodies and the resulting scars in an ever-enlarging collection of artworks entitled, “Scarred for Life”. “Scarred for Life” continues to grow and now consists of almost 100 artistically enhanced monoprints taken directly from the scarred skin of his subjects. Each image – accompanied by a photographic portrait taken by Ted and a written story by his subject – tells a unique and intriguing story of medical crisis, resilience and healing.