Missouri is on pace to have more deaths from gun violence this year than ever before, especially in St. Louis, Kansas City and other cities that are breaking homicide records. Public health experts say gun violence is an epidemic that can be treated by addressing issues such as poverty, racial inequality and housing insecurity.
Join American Public Square at Jewell, The Kansas City Star and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 for the third digital program in our series Gun Violence in Missouri: Seeking Solutions.
Our discussion will focus on public health approaches to gun violence in St. Louis and across the state of Missouri, examining how poverty, social unrest, racial inequality, food and housing insecurity, and other factors contribute to the problem.
Our expert panel will discuss the root causes of gun violence and we’ll take the conversation further to identify actionable plans aimed at addressing these urgent issues for the greater good of our communities.
This digital event is part of the Missouri Gun Violence Project, a two-year, statewide journalism collaboration investigating the causes and possible solutions to gun violence. It is supported by the nonprofits Report for America and Missouri Foundation for Health.
The conversation will be moderated by Pamela “Denise” Long, director for organizational development at Alive and Well Communities, a Missouri-based nonprofit focused on activating communities across the state, as well as in Kansas and Illinois, to address the trauma experienced by their residents.