Alcohol use and gun violence are leading causes of preventable injury and death in the United States. These issues are most deadly when they intersect with one another. This webinar will discuss research and policy recommendations from the report “Alcohol Misuse and Gun Violence: An Evidence Based Approach” pointing to alcohol misuse is a risk factor for all forms of gun violence, including homicides and suicides, confirming the urgent need to adopt evidence-based policies that address this troubling link.
Webinar presenters, Joshua Horwitz and Silvia Villarreal, are from the Center for Gun Violence Solutions at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy.
Joshua Horowitz, J.D. is a Professor of the Practice in Gun Violence Prevention and Advocacy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions. He works to reduce gun violence by utilizing public health research and health equity analysis to build advocacy campaigns that meet critical opportunities in the policy development process. With over 30 years of experience, Professor Horwitz is a key leader in firearm policy development and education.
Silvia Villarreal is the Director of Research Translation at the Center for Gun Violence Solutions. Her goal is to bridge the gap between research and policy by translating research into evidence-based materials for different audiences. Silvia is also the Managing Director for the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy where she coordinates a group of experts to craft gun violence policy solutions from a public health perspective. She has led several reports on firearm policy, such as the “Racial Equity Impact Assessment Framework for Gun Violence Prevention” and “Alcohol Misuse and Gun Violence: an Evidence-Based Approach for State Policy.”