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Survivors of Gun Violence and a Public Health Epidemic

The increasing ubiquity of gun violence has become the norm across the world and particularly in the United States, where we have begun to hear horror after horror on a daily basis. So much so that it has started to produce a numbing effect, a helplessness that allows us to hear the news and say, “Here we go again,” and put it out of our mind. Gun violence is now something we expect to happen.

SHOT is about people who have been shot and survived the experience. It portrays 101 survivors, aged 8 to 80, from all races and many ethnicities. They are the representatives of “survivorhood.” Most were photographed in the location where they were shot.

Scheduled to Appear:
Jeff Mayes, is the editor of the Chicago Sun-Times Wire 24-hour breaking news service; and the Homicide Watch Chicago website. A graduate of Valparaiso University, he formerly worked as sports editor of the Post-Tribune in Merrillville; city editor and opinion page editor of the Vidette-Messenger in Valparaiso; and news editor of the Sun-Times Red Streak.

Ondelle Perteet and Mariam Pare, Chicago, Survivors of gun violence.

Kathy Shorr was born in Brooklyn, New York. She is a photographer whose work crosses the borders of documentary, portraiture, and street photography. She received her undergraduate degree in photography from The School of Visual Arts. Shorr also has an Masters in Education that was received while working as a New York Teaching Fellow in public schools in crisis. Her work has been shown in galleries in New York City and was featured in the celebrated Visa pour lImage in Perpignan, France. She lives and works in New York City.

Harold Pollack, PhD, is the Helen Ross Professor at the School of Social Service Administration. He is also an Affiliate Professor in the Biological Sciences Collegiate Division and the Department of Public Health Sciences.

He is Co-Director of The University of Chicago Crime Lab and a committee member of the Center for Health Administration Studies (CHAS) at the University of Chicago.

He has published widely at the interface between poverty policy and public health. His research appears in such journals as Addiction, Journal of the American Medical Association, American Journal of Public Health, Health Services Research, Pediatrics, and Social Service Review.

A 2012-14 Robert Wood Johnson Investigator in Health Policy Research, Professor Pollack has been appointed to three committees of the National Academy of Sciences. He received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University. He holds masters and doctorate degrees in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Before coming to SSA, Professor Pollack was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at Yale University and taught Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

His writings have appeared in Washington Post, the Nation, the New York Times, New Republic, and other popular publications. His American Prospect essay, Lessons from an Emergency Room, Nightmare was selected for the collection Best American Medical Writing, 2009.

Gary Slutkin, MD, Professor, Epidemiology and International Health, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health

Dr. Gary Slutkin is a physician, epidemiologist, infectious disease control specialist and Founder/ Executive Director of Cure Violence. Recognized as an innovator in violence prevention, Dr. Slutkin sees the issue of violence as fundamentally misdiagnosed and has presented his solution-oriented understanding to the World Bank, the State Department, the World Health Organization, the Institute of Medicine, MIT SaxeLab, Harvard Law School and the National Intelligence Council.

Dr. Slutkin applied lessons learned from more than a decade fighting epidemics in Africa and Asia to the creation of a public health model to reduce violence through behavior change and disease control methods. He is an Ashoka Fellow, a Professor of Epidemiology and International Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a senior advisor to the World Health Organization and the 2009 Winner of the Search for a Common Ground Award. Dr. Slutkin received his M.D. from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and did his internship and residency at San Francisco General Hospital. He served as Medical Director for the Tuberculosis Program for the San Francisco Health Department (1981  1985), where he learned infectious disease control methods, and from 1987 to 1994 worked for the World Health Organization reversing epidemics, including being principally responsible for supporting Ugandas AIDS programthe only country to have reversed its AIDS epidemic.

Currently, Cure Violence has been endorsed by a resolution from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, while the programs underlying theory has been promoted by the Institute of Medicine. The public health method is being replicated in more than 50 sites in 15 U.S. cities and seven countries abroad. Dr. Slutkins work was featured in Studs Terkels Will the Circle be Unbroken, profiled in Blocking the Transmission, a New York Magazine cover story by bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz, and represented in the award-winning documentary The Interrupters.  

Andrew DeMuro, Regional Director, Chicago, Guitars Over Guns. Guitars Over Guns is an after school program that pairs at-risk adolescents with professional musicians who use contemporary music to reach and teach these young people the skills they need to be successful in and out of school. 

David Crump, Manager, Violence Recovery Program, University of Chicago Medical Center. He was recruited to Brigham & Women's Hospital and the University of Chicago Medical Center to help create and start a violence recovery program. For the past 16 years, David has managed two independent living programs for youth in the Department of Social Services. While at Brigham & Women's Hospital, he ran the only house in Massachusetts serving young adolescent men, who were victims of gun violence. He then worked as an outreach/street-worker responding to incidents of community violence as they occurred supporting families and victims while negotiating ceasefires and interrupting violence. For the past 28 years he has brought people together through hip-hop events, facilitated mediation/peace circles between rival crews and produced events and showcases in Austin, Texas & Boston.

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