Hopkins Group, nonprofit merger to create new center to investigate gun violence – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – A center at Johns Hopkins that investigates gun violence and another organization have joined forces to form the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions, which will look at shootings in the US from a public health perspective, the Bloomberg School of Public Health said .

The merger includes the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Prevention, founded at the Bloomberg School in 1995, and the Policy and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, a nonprofit organization founded in 1978.

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“These two organizations have done extraordinary work to prevent gun violence – together they will be even stronger,” said Dr. Ellen J. MacKenzie, Dean of the Bloomberg School. “Our faculty is a national leader in this field and has a proven track record of leveraging research to drive meaningful change in both practice and policy. Through the new center, they will take research and advocacy to the next level while working toward goals we all believe in: fewer gun-related injuries and deaths and safer communities.”

According to the school, 45,000 people died from firearms in 2020, more than half of them being suicides.

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The new center will be co-led by Daniel Webster, director of Hopkins’ Gun Violence Organization since 2012, and Joshua Horwitz, executive director of the education fund.

“Our center will continue to use strong research methodologies to assess the effectiveness of gun violence prevention strategies,” Webster said. “With our new colleagues, we will now have even more capacity to ensure meaningful policy change through evidence-based advocacy.”

Research topics include violence intervention programs, firearms licensing, political violence, and “ghost guns.” The group will also monitor public opinion on policies and programs to reduce violence.

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The Center for Gun Violence Solutions is funded in part by a donation from Pamela and Chris Hoehn-Saric, which includes an endowed chair named after Pamela Hoehn-Saric’s sister, Dana Feitler, who was killed in a 1989 armed robbery, Hopkins said .

https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/03/30/hopkins-group-nonprofit-merge-to-create-new-center-studying-gun-violence/ Hopkins Group, nonprofit merger to create new center to investigate gun violence – CBS Baltimore

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