2023 Agenda

See below for the he final agenda for the 2023 Gun Violence Prevention Forum, which took place both virtually and in-person in New York City on Tuesday, February 28, 2023. Check back for updates on 2024 Forum Agenda!

The Gun Violence Prevention Forum

February 28, 2023 | In-Person (New York City) & Virtual

Main Stage Session

9:00 am ET

Opening Remarks [video]

Michael Dowling, President & CEO, Northwell Health

9:05 am ET

Welcome & Introduction [video]

David Battinelli, MD, Executive Vice President & Physician-In-Chief, Northwell Health

9:10 am ET

Our Commitment to Public Safety [video]

Steven Dettelbach, Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

9:20 am ET

Lessons from the Past: How to Change Cultural Norms & Perspectives [video]

Focusing on the intersection of culture, society, media, and public health, this discussion will explore how large-scale awareness campaigns can lead to meaningful behavioral change. Based on learnings and best-practices from past public health emergencies, this panel will explore new and improved efforts to reduce gun violence through public awareness and education.

Introduction: Ramon Soto, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Northwell Health

Anthony Signorelli, Senior Vice President, Corporate Partnerships, The Ad Council
Nina Vinik, Founder & Executive Director, Project Unloaded
Moderator: Fatimah Loren Dreier, Executive Director, Health Alliance for Violence Intervention (HAVI)

9:40 am ET

Taking a Systems Approach to Prevention [video]

Victor J. Dzau, MD, President, National Academy of Medicine

9:50 am ET


Reaching across industries, this panel will explore how the private sector, government, researchers, and healthcare can work together to improve data collection and sharing, and maximize the impact of a data-centric approach to addressing gun violence as a public health issue.

Fatima Paruk, MD, Chief Health Officer, Salesforce
Chris Jones, PharmD, DrPH, MPH, CAPT, US Public Health Service; Director, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Roseanna Ander, Founding Executive Director, Crime Lab and Education Lab, University of Chicago Urban Labs
Moderator: Megan L. Ranney, MD, MPH, FACEP, Deputy Dean, Brown University School of Public Health

10:15 am ET


10:20 am ET

Implementing Intervention and Prevention Strategies on the Ground [video]

The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act is expected to spark the largest investment in evidence-informed gun violence intervention and prevention strategies in American history. This panel will bring together cross-sector leaders to discuss ongoing on-the-ground efforts, share new ideas and approaches, and explore how to best focus investments in prevention.

Amy Solomon, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs
Nicole Hockley, Co-Founder & CEO, Sandy Hook Promise
Shawn Brown, Executive Director, Youth Guidance Boston
Moderator: Joseph V. Sakran, MD, MPH, MPA, FACS, Vice Chair of Clinical Operations, Department of Surgery, Johns Hopkins Health System

10:45 am ET

A Conversation with the Surgeon General [video]

Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, U.S. Surgeon General
Moderator: Chethan Sathya, MD, MSc, Trauma Surgeon & Director, Center for Gun Violence Prevention, Northwell Health

11:05 am ET

Special Remarks: New York's Approach to Gun Violence Prevention [video]

Gov. Kathy Hochul, Governor, State of New York

11:20 am ET


In-person attendees will breakout into smaller groups for a more interactive, workshop-style conversation, with the goal of identifying actionable outcomes and next-steps while reflecting on the earlier panel discussions as inspiration.

Breakout #1: Changing Cultural Norms
Breakout #2: Leveraging the Power of Data
Breakout #3: Intervention and Prevention Strategies
Breakout #4: CEO Council Roundtable

11:20 am ET


12:05 pm ET

Transition Back to Main Stage

12:15 pm ET

Taking the Next Step [video]

Ann Hamilton, Chief Government Relations Officer, Cleveland Clinic
Rebecca Cunningham, MD, Vice President of Research, University of Michigan
Leif Elsmo, Executive Director, Community Affairs, University of Chicago Medical Center
Moderator: Jose Prince, MD, FACS, FAAP, Vice Chair, Surgery, Northwell Health

12:45 pm ET

Congress in Action [video]

Sen. Chris Murphy, United States Senator, State of Connecticut
Moderator: Errol Louis, Political Anchor, Spectrum News

1:00 pm ET

The Human Impact of Gun Violence [video]

Jazmin Cazares, Activist & Sister of Uvalde Shooting Victim
Gloria Cazares, Activist & Mother of Uvalde Shooting Victim
Moderator: Tara Narula, MD, Associate Director, Lenox Hill Women’s Heart Program, Northwell Health

1:10 pm ET


Michael Dowling, President & CEO, Northwell Health

1:15 pm ET


* tentatively confirmed