FOCUS on Policy: Novel Approaches to Gun Violence in St. Louis
Date(s) - September 09, 2020
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Violence, and particularly gun violence, has become a tragic hallmark of St. Louis summers. Traditional methods of violence reduction are not achieving the outcomes the community hoped for. New approaches, like Cure Violence, are gaining ground but can be difficult to implement. Entrenched systems are slow to change, and funding for fresh approaches is scarce especially now. Despite this, some new initiatives are growing, and regional coordination is gaining ground. This forum brings together some of the leaders in this arena to discuss their initiatives, the difficulties of challenging established thinking on violence prevention, and opportunities to effectively address the issue and move the region forward.
- Sal Martinez, CEO of Employment Connection
- Marcus McAllister, International Trainer for Cure Violence Global
- Serena Muhammad, Director of Strategic Initiatives at the St. Louis Mental Health Board
- Poli Rijos, Initiative Lead for the Gun Violence Initiative at Institute for Public Health at WUSTL