Conference: Public Health Approaches to Protecting Youth from Gun Violence: COVID and Beyond

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January 14, January 21, and January 28, 2021
Virtual via Zoom 4:00 pm ET start

Northeastern University Bouvé College of Health Sciences, School Health Academy and the Public Health Advocacy Institute at Northeastern University School of Law present a three-part virtual conference to highlight the impact of gun violence on youth during the time of COVID. The three sessions will focus on the increased risk of gun violence at home and in the public space, and public health approaches to reducing gun violence affecting youth. Each session will include expert presentations followed by a question and answer period and break-out discussions.

Part I — Risk of gun violence at home
Thursday, January 14, 4:00 – 5:30 pm EST
Introduction and overview of series: Carmen Sceppa, MD, PhD (Dean, Northeastern University Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Mark Gottlieb, JD (Executive Director, Public Health Advocacy Institute) & Sarah Peck, JD (Director, #UnitedOnGuns)

Expert panel: Matt Miller, MD, ScD, MPH (Northeastern University); Margo Lindauer, JD (Director, Domestic Violence Institute, Northeastern University)

Part II — Gun violence in the public space
Thursday, January 21, 4:00 – 5:30 pm EST
Expert panel: James Fox, PhD (Colleges of Social Sciences & Humanities, Northeastern University); Quaniqua Carthan-Love, MSSW, MA (Director of Planning and Programs, Cities United); Robin Cogin, MEd, RN, NCSN (School Nurse, Camden, NJ; author of the Relentless School Nurse blog)

Part III — Public health Impact
Thursday, January 28, 4:00-6:00 pm EST

Expert panel: Peter Masiokis, MD and Chana Sacks, MD (Mass General Center for Gun Violence Prevention), MaryBeth Miotto, MD, MPH (pediatrician, Vice President MA Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics), Mary Harvey, PhD (Director, Violence Transformed, Northeastern University), MA Department of Public Health official (to be named)

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TAP Staff Kicks Off Trauma Treatment Conference

On Friday, October 19, 2018, the TAP staff participated in an innovative conference bringing together experts in the field of trauma. Rethinking Trauma Treatment: The Power of Compassion and Community was hosted jointly by the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and Lesley University, both located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The conference offered a global outlook on trauma treatment and the importance of treatment having cultural relevance and accessibility for the populations being served. The conference revolved around the work of Susan Gitau, Ph.D. from Kenya who has been a powerful voice for traumatized and underserved populations in her country. (www.sgcfoundation.org).

The TAP presentation kicked off the conference and set the tone for lively interactive participant engagement. The presentation was a brief example of how TAP workshops are designed to follow the arc of recovery from trauma and to be sensitive to the issues most saliently experienced within each phase of recovery.

Susan Gitau, Ph.D. and L’Merchie Frazier, TAP Director of Creative Engagement

Barbara began with a guided mindfulness practice which she combined with the song and vibration of a singing bowl. This offered the opportunity for participants to locate themselves in both their inner and environmental space. The theme of becoming aware of “The Space You Occupy” was introduced. L’Merchie expanded the theme through imagery and language and a process which invited each participant to create a poetic representation of their space and, ultimately, to the space between themselves and another. Mary, as discussant, made the implicit connection to the reparative aspects of mindful awareness, creativity, the connective tissue between personal and community resiliencies and the recovery from traumatic events.

The earlier vibration of the singing bowl was soon replaced by the vibration of laughter, the sigh of recognition and exhale of acceptance.