Gunsense Vermont presents a panel discussion on gun violence as a public health crisis. This webinar features expert panelists Dr. Becca Bell, Dr. Cassandra Crifasi, and Jeremy Stein.
Dr. Becca Bell:
Dr. Bell is a pediatric critical care physician at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. She works on injury prevention efforts with the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program. She is involved in statewide efforts in firearm injury reduction including the Child Fatality Review Team, the Governor’s Community Violence Prevention Task Force, and Suicide Prevention Data Workgroup, among others. She is the current president of the Vermont Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and has collaborated on provider education modules on firearm safe storage counseling with national AAP.
Dr. Cassandra Crifasi:
Dr. Cassandra Crifasi is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She serves as Deputy Director of the Center for Gun Violence Prevention and Policy and is a core faculty member in the Center for Injury Research and Policy. Her research focuses broadly on public safety including injury epidemiology and prevention, gun violence and policy, attitudes and behaviors of gun owners, and underground gun markets. Dr. Crifasi earned an MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health from the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University and a PhD in Health Policy and Management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Jeremy Stein is the Executive Director of Ct Against Gun Violence (CAGV). He is a seasoned litigator with over 23 years of experience, graduating from Emory University School of Law. His interest in fighting gun violence began early in his career, when he served as a prosecutor with the criminal division of the Attorney General’s Office of the District of Columbia. While there he handled many gun related cases, working closely with the ATF, FBI, Secret Service, Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police. Additionally he served as judicial law clerk for the Honorable Patricia A. Broderick. He also served as an assistant public defender with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, in its Baltimore City felony trial division. He also serves on the Board of Directors for States United to Prevent Gun Violence. Since taking the helm at CAGV in 2018, the organization has passed t four gun safety laws in two years, including 2 safe storage laws, a Ghost gun and 3D printer ban, and bump stock ban.