Reporting on Violence as a Public Health Issue: An AHCJ Summit

Preliminary program


Thursday, Oct. 27

7 a.m.  |  Registration opens


7:15-8:15 a.m.  |  Breakfast available


8:30-8:45 a.m.  |  Welcome and thank yous

  • Katherine Reed, director of education and content, AHCJ


8:45-9:15 a.m.  |  Reporting on gun violence as a public health crisis is a matter of life and death

  • Dr. Selwyn Rogers, Dr. James E. Bowman Jr. Professor of Surgery Chief, Section of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Founding Director, Trauma Center Executive Vice President, Community Health Engagement University of Chicago Medicine


9:15-10:15 a.m.  |  The groundwork: Everyone knows gun violence is a public health problem, so why doesn’t more journalism reflect the reality?

  • Moderator: Arionne Nettles, Northwestern/Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Kaitlin Washburn, independent journalist, Chicago
  • Sammy Caiola, gun violence prevention reporter, WHYY
  • Kris Hooks, news editor, capradio/NPR, Sacramento


10:15-11:30 a.m.  |  Everything you think you know about guns is wrong: Myths, facts and where to find the best research and data

The “fundamentals” — addressing myths about gun violence, firearms and firearm ownership and introducing health care reporters to the best data and places to find research on guns and gun deaths (suicide, homicide and accidents), the gaps and go-to resources.

  • Moderator: Christine Herman, Side Effects Public Media/AHCJ board member
  • Jennifer Mascia, reporter, The Trace
  • John Roman, senior fellow, Economics, Justice and Society Group at NORC/University of Chicago


11:30-12:15 a.m.  |  Extreme risk protection orders/"red flag" laws: What accountability reporters should know

What journalists need to know to assess their application in actual practice, as well as the new federal incentives to increase the number of states with such statutes.

  • Moderator: Anne Sweeney, reporter, the Chicago Tribune
  • Shannon Frattaroli, professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Veronica Pear, assistant professor, University of California-Davis
  • Jonathan Davis, L.P.C., executive director, Baltimore Crisis Response


12:15-1:15 p.m. |  Luncheon talk

1:15-1:30 p.m.  |  Break


1:30-2:30 p.m.  |  The health effects of exposure to chronic violence, especially among children, and the prevalence of indirect exposure to violence.

  • Moderator:  Kristen Schorsch, reporter, WBEZ-Chicago
  • Kathryn Bocanegra, assistant professor,  University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Theresa Valach, clinical director, Chicago Child Trauma Center at La Rabida Children's Hospital in Chicago
  • Geri Pettis, pediatric violence recovery specialist, UChicago Medicine


2:30-3:30 p.m.  |  Access to guns and how poor human risk perception plays into gun ownership

  • Moderator: Jen Mascia, reporter, The Trace
  • Deborah Azrael, researcher, director of research at the Harvard Injury Control Research Center (HICRC)
  • Joseph Simonetti
  • Tara D. Warner, associate professor,  University of Alabama at Birmingham


3:30-3:45 p.m.  |  Break


3:45-4:45 p.m.  |  The role of clinicians in addressing community violence
The role of front-line health professionals like ED/trauma doctors, pediatricians, family practice doctors and others in broaching the sensitive subject of gun safety with parents, grandparents, other caregivers and people who may be living with violent partners. Plus, their role in more broadly addressing community violence.

  • Moderator:  Margarita Birnbaum, independent journalist/AHCJ core topic leader on health equity, Dallas, TX
  • Dr. Bradley Stolbach,  associate professor of pediatrics, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience, University of Chicago
  • Dr. Richard Miskimins, associate trauma medical director,  University of New Mexico Health
  • Dr. Abdullah Pratt, emergency medicine physician, University of Chicago Medicine
  • Dr. Megan Ranney, emergency physician and researcher, Brown University

4:45-5 p.m.  |  Break

5-6:30 p.m.  |  Reception



Friday, Oct. 28

7 a.m.  |  Registration opens


7:30-8:30 a.m.  |  Breakfast available


8:30-9:45 a.m.  |  What's happening with hospital-based violence intervention programs

  • Sebastián Martínez Valdivia, public health reporter, KBIA/NPR, AHCJ board member
  • Dr. Selwyn Rogers, Dr. James E. Bowman Jr. Professor of Surgery Chief, Section of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Founding Director, Trauma Center Executive Vice President, Community Health Engagement,  University of Chicago Medicine
  • Kyle Fischer, policy director,  Health Alliance for Violence Intervention


9:45-10 a.m.  |  Bio break


10-11 a.m.  |  Assessing the evidence and sustainability of community-based, trauma-informed intervention

  • Moderator: Jim MacMillan, director, Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting


11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m.  |  Reporting on violence with humanity from "walk-through" to publication: What reporters should know

  • Moderator: Katherine Reed, director of education and content, AHCJ
  • Peter Nickeas, speaker/reporter, CNN
  • Jason Wambgans, photojournalist, Chicago Tribune


12:15 p.m. Goodbye and thanks


12:30 p.m.  |  Field trip departs