2021 Heartland Coalition Community Forum

  • 11 Oct 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Zoom Webinar


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8th Annual Community Forum


Gun Violence: Strategies to Curb this Public Health Epidemic

Monday, October 11th, 2021 


 9:00-9:15    Opening

                        Judy Sherry, President Grandparents Against Gun Violence


                       Clai Lasher-Sommers, Board Member GunSense Vermont and GunSense                            New Hampshire 

 9:15-9:45   Keynote Speaker

                       Dr. Megan Ranney, MD, MPH

 9:45-10:00  Q & A with Dr. Ranney

                        Moderator  Robyn Thomas, Executive Director Giffords Law Center

10:00-11:00 Panel of Local Leaders: Strategies to Address Root Causes                     of Gun Violence

                       Homelessness                    Chris Stout, Hope Faith

                       Unemployment                   Father Justin Mathews, Reconciliation Services

                       Early Child Education        Deidre Anderson, United Inner City Services

                       Living Environments          Chris Harris, Harris Park

11:00-11:20 Panel Q & A 

11:20-11:30 Break

11:30-12:30 Breakout Sessions

                       Each will be repeated so attendees can participate in all three

11:30- 11:50  Using the Arts to Prevent Gun Violence

                      Mike Meyer, Band of Angels & Cathy DeForest, Founder, Vision Quilt

11:50- 12:10  Keeping Children Safe from Gun Violence

                      Denise Dowd, MD, MPH & Shayla Sullivant, MD

12:10- 12:30  Socially Responsible Surgery for Gun Violence Victims

                      Robert Winfield, MD, FACS & Tanya Zakrison, MD, MPH, FACS

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The Heartland Coalition was organized in 2014 by Grandparents Against Gun Violence (www.moksgagv.org) and is based on the belief that like-minded local groups would be more successful if they worked together to further the cause of reducing gun violence, and to build a critical mass of supporters. Through its sponsoring organizations, it represents more than 10,000 individuals.

A primary function of the Heartland Coalition is to sponsor community forums to educate the public about the issue of gun violence and promote action steps to reduce it.