Gun violence is a public health crisis—and hospital-based intervention programs can play a powerful role in protecting the safety of patients. During this session you will learn about promising practices in gun violence prevention and explore the causes and the effects of trauma and violence on individuals, communities and organizations. You will have the opportunity to engage with hospital professionals who will share examples of hospital-based violence intervention programs and demonstrate how their organizations are instituting changes to prevent further gun violence and respond to its aftermath, both in their facilities and in their communities.
Health Care’s Role in Preventing Gun Violence: A Paradigm Shift
Chethan Sathya, MD, MSc, Trauma Surgeon & Director, Center for Gun Violence Prevention, Northwell Health
Chethan Sathya, MD, MSc, is a pediatric trauma surgeon and National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded firearm injury prevention researcher. He serves as director of Northwell Health’s Center for Gun Violence Prevention and oversees the health system’s expansive approach to firearm injury prevention. The largest health system in New York, Northwell has taken a public health approach to gun violence prevention, focusing on key areas such as research, medical education, clinical screening, advocacy and community engagement. Under Dr. Sathya's leadership, the center has leveraged the health system’s diverse patient population and wide reach to implement ground breaking preventative strategies and perform high-level research.
Promising Practices in Pennsylvania—Panel Discussion with Hospital and Health System Leaders
Lars Ola Sjoholm, MD, Associate Professor, Surgery, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University; Chief, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, Temple University Hospital; Medical Director, Trauma Program, Temple University Hospital
Sara Solomon, MPH, RD, Associate Fellow, Deputy Director, Penn Injury Science Center
Sunny Jackson, Trauma Injury Prevention Coordinator, Penn Medicine