In July, Dialogue4Health and APHA sponsored the first Web Forum exploring the link between guns and violence. The event included robust discussion about the role of public health in addressing the problem–and how work at the state and local level and new technologies can influence positive change.

In our second Web Forum, we are taking this discussion a step further and right into the policy arena. Our speakers will:

  • Discuss the role of the local elected official in the gun violence debate
  • Address the challenges and opportunities of coalition building around this topic
  • Further explore why violence should be viewed as a pandemic, and the problem solving approaches that such framing provides.


Vincent DeMarco, JD


Maryland Citizen’s Health Initiative

Baltimore, MD

  • National Coordinator , Faiths United To Prevent Gun Violence , Baltimore, MD

Vincent DeMarco is a long time advocate for public health causes including reducing teen smoking, expanding health care access, and gun violence. As National Coordinator of Faith United Against Tobacco, he is working to mobilize faith leaders across the country to help reduce smoking. On the success of this work,…

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Brina Milikowsky, JD

Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel

NYC Office of the Mayor

New York, NY

Brina Milikowsky is Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel in the NYC Office of the Mayor, where she spends most of her time as a senior strategist for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the national bipartisan coalition of more than 1,000 mayors and 1.2 million grassroots supporters co-chaired by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.…

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Charles Ransford, MPP

Senior Researcher, Cure Violence

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, IL

Charles Ransford is the Senior Researcher at Cure Violence, an international public health initiative supporting community-based and city-wide violence prevention based at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His primary responsibility is to advance the theoretical basis for the Cure Violence model for preventing violence. In addition, Mr. Ransford also…

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Georges Benjamin, MD, FACP, FNAPA, FACEP (E), Hon FRSPH

Executive Director

American Public Health Association

Washington, DC

Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP(E), Hon FRSPH, is the executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the United States oldest and largest organization of public health professionals. For the last 20 years he has been actively practicing public health at the local, national and international level. He…

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