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Gun Violence in Oregon: Addressing a Public Health Problem with Public Health Approaches

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Gun Violence in Oregon: Addressing a Public Health Problem with Public Health Approaches

October 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Public Health Portland Style is a monthly forum for Oregonians to explore
critical public health issues impacting our communities and our state

Gun Violence in Oregon:
Addressing a Public Health Problem with Public Health Approaches

6:30pm to 8pm, Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Firearms are a leading source of mortality and morbidity in Oregon. Each year, at least 500 Oregonians die and another 1,000 are treated for injuries caused by firearms. Oregon has also experienced some of the nation’s most horrific mass shootings. The trauma of gun violence goes much farther beyond injuries and deaths, and affects those in our rural communities and communities of color much more than others. Discussions about gun violence are too often restricted to “us versus them” and gun control versus gun rights, while myriad other approaches are ignored. The complexity of this problem calls for collaboration, cooperation, and even creativity… all of which are hallmarks of public health. Join us as we learn about gun violence in Oregon and some of the public health approaches underway in our academic, government, and non-government organizations to address this problem.

For more background, please read this opinion piece in the Portland Tribune, co-written by Dr. Kathleen Carlson, the moderator of this event; Dr. Dawn Richardson, Ph.D., associate professor of community health and incoming Associate Dean of Social Justice in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health; and Susan DeFrancesco, JD, MPH, a public health policy expert with more than thirty years of experience conducting injury and violence policy research and practice.

This is a virtual event via Zoom Webinar. FREE and open to the public. REGISTER today!

A brown-haired woman wearing a red dressDr. Kathleen F. Carlson, PhD, MS, is an associate professor at the School of Public Health and a core investigator with the Health Services Research Center of Excellence at the VA Portland Health Care System. She serves as Chair of the OHSU and PSU Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue Advisory Committee, Board of Directors member for the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research, and Co-chair of student awards for the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services section of the American Public Health Association.



White man in a blue suite, purple shirt and print tie staring at cameraZev Braun, MPH, Director, Policy and Programs at State of Safety

State of Safety believes that all gun deaths are preventable, and that all people have the right to be safe from gun violence. At the same time, we respect the right to lawfully own and operate a firearm, and seek to find common ground beyond the typically polarized controversies over gun control and freedom.



Black woman in a black dress smilingNike Greene MA, LMFT, Director, Office of Youth Violence Prevention, City of Portland
The Office of Youth Violence Prevention (OYVP) was created on July 17, 2006. It reflects priorities identified by City Council to build a more family-friendly city and increase public safety, and reflects the emphasis on attacking the root causes of problems in neighborhoods, rather than simply focusing on policing efforts. OYVP is staffed by a director and policy manager who coordinate resource services, administrate grant funding to private non-profit organizations, and facilitate and join community problem-solving.


October 21
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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