Webinar: Why preventing gun deaths should be a strategic priority

Even amid a pandemic that kept many Americans isolated, gun-related deaths reached a new high of 43,530 in 2020, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

Nearly all of these deaths are avoidable. So, should health systems invest in preventing them and addressing their root cause, like they do for medical conditions?

Leaders at Northwell Health, Intermountain Healthcare and Sinai Chicago think so. Despite serving in communities with distinct challenges and varying gun cultures, all three health systems are dedicating significant resources towards this issue. In this webinar, we’ll talk to executives about why they’ve made curbing gun-related deaths a strategic priority, addressing the impact on staff, patient outcomes and hospital operations.

Join this webinar to:

  • Hear why leaders are investing time and resources into addressing
  • Learn how to address the specific root causes in your community, whether they be tied to mental health, or cultural
  • Gain strategies for navigating the divisive politics of this issue

Dr. Chethan Sathya, MD, MSc
Director, Center for Gun Violence Prevention
Northwell Health

Dr. Chethan Sathya, MD, MSc, is a pediatric trauma surgeon and National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded firearm injury prevention researcher. He serves as director of Northwell Health’s Center for Gun Violence Prevention and oversees the health system’s expansive approach to firearm injury prevention. Northwell Health, the largest health system in New York State, has taken a public health approach to gun violence prevention, focusing on key areas such as research, medical education, clinical screening, advocacy and community engagement. Under Dr. Sathya’s leadership, the center has leveraged Northwell’s diverse patient population and wide reach to implement groundbreaking preventative strategies and perform high-level research. Dr. Sathya spearheaded the formation of the National Gun Violence Prevention Learning Collaborative for Hospitals and Health Systems, in which hospitals can learn about gun violence prevention from experts, develop best practices, and implement strategies to prevent firearm injuries. Over 300 participants and hospitals across 34 states have joined.

Mikelle Moore
SVP & Chief Community Health Officer
Intermountain Healthcare

Mikelle Moore, a senior vice president & chief community health officer, leads Intermountain’s community and population health efforts.  In this role, she engages Intermountain and community assets to address complex community health issues and to improve underlying social determinants of health. Mikelle is active both nationally and locally in transforming healthcare and improving the health and well-being of communities. 

System Chief Operating Officer/Executive Vice President
Sinai Chicago

Dr. Airica Steed serves as the System Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for Sinai Chicago Health System, where she is charged with leading strategy and operations for 4 acute, post acute and specialty care hospitals, multi specialty medical group/physician enterprise comprised of 4,000 caregivers and 800 physicians.  She has spearheaded a multifaceted transformation turnaround geared towards achieving a cumulative $75M+ margin improvement, top decile quality/safety performance, and profitable growth.

Aurora Aguilar
Modern Healthcare

Aurora Aguilar sets the editorial vision for Modern Healthcare. Previously, Aurora led the newsroom at NPR affiliate Chicago Public Media and managed special projects there that concentrated on healthcare policy issues. She was executive producer of the station’s flagship talk show. She produced and edited live election coverage, events, and essays and commentaries written by authors such as John Green and Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Aurora won numerous awards from the Associated Press, National Association of Black Journalists and James Beard Foundation among other organizations. Aurora also reported for the Daily Herald and freelanced for the Chicago Tribune.

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