Professor of Health Management and Policy
John A. Rich is professor and chair of Health Management and Policy at the Drexel University School of Public Health, and director of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Change. A leader in the field of public health, Rich’s work has focused on serving one of the nation’s most ignored and underserved populations—African-American men in urban settings. In 2006, Rich was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. In granting this distinction, the Foundation cited his work to design "new models of health care that stretch across the boundaries of public health, education, social service, and justice systems to engage young men in caring for themselves and their peers."
Prior to joining Drexel University, Rich served as the medical director of the Boston Public Health Commission. As a primary care doctor at Boston Medical Center, Rich created the Young Men’s Health Clinic and initiated the Boston HealthCREW, a program to train inner city young men to become peer health educators who focus on the health of men and boys in their communities.
He earned his Dartmouth A.B. degree in English, his M.D. from Duke University Medical School, and his Master’s from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his internship and residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and was a fellow in general internal medicine at Harvard Medical School. He received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Dartmouth in 2007 and now serves on its Board of Trustees. In 2009, Rich was inducted into the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. His recently published book about urban violence, Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men, has drawn critical acclaim.
Professor of Community Health
Emily F. Rothman is an associate professor in the Department of Community Health and a visiting scientist at the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. She earned her doctorate from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2004, where her dissertation research focused on correlates of intimate partner violence perpetration, and where she was awarded the Martha May Eliot fellowship in Maternal and Child Health.
Rothman worked for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health from 1997 to 2004 in the Bureau of Family and Community Health, Department of Violence and Injury Prevention. She has authored more than 30 chapters and other publications. Her current research interests include violence perpetration and adolescent health. She is currently the recipient of a K01 from NIAAA to study underage alcohol use and dating abuse perpetration. She is also the empowerment evaluator on three violence prevention projects; a CDC-funded project to develop a statewide prevention plan for sexual assault in Massachusetts and domestic violence in Rhode Island (EMPOWER and DELTA); and a project to reduce homelessness in Worcester County funded by the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts. She is a research advisor to the Massachusetts Governor's Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. She has provided violence-related consulting to the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Her research has been featured by NPR, USA Today, Newsweek.com, and The Boston Globe among others.
Eddie Bocanegra works for CeaseFire out of the University of Illinois at Chicago. While his main objective is conflict resolution, Bocanegra specializes in high-risk mediation and intervention with youth living on the southwest side of Chicago.
His responsibilities include mentoring, court advocacy, and developing programming to promote rehabilitation services in the Latino community. He gives workshops on violence prevention, gang awareness, conflict resolution, and issues of juvenile justice. In addition to his work with CeaseFire, Bocanegra is an accomplished artist and participates in various arts initiatives within the Latino community. He also volunteers with Urban Life Skills, a mentoring program for high-risk youth. Bocanegra is currently completing his degree in social work at Northeastern Illinois University and plans to pursue a doctorate.
Senior Researcher of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology
Robert Anda is a Senior Researcher in Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is the principal investigator with the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, which examines the health and social effects of adverse childhood experiences over the lifespan.
Anda graduated from Rush Medical College in 1979 and received his Board Certification in Internal Medicine in 1982. In 1984 he completed a Fellowship in Preventive Medicine at the University of Wisconsin where he also received a Master's Degree in Epidemiology. He spent 20 years in the U.S. Public Health Service at the C.D.C. conducting research in a variety of areas including disease surveillance, behavioral health, mental health and disease, cardiovascular disease investigations, and childhood determinants of health. Anda has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications as well as numerous government publications and has authored several book chapters. In addition, he has received numerous awards and recognition for scientific achievements.
Susan Snyder is an investigative reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer where she has reported extensively on violence in the lives of children. She co-led a team of reporters who produced the seven-part series about violence in the Philadelphia School District, "Assault on Learning," that ran in spring 2011. As the higher education reporter from 2008 to 2010, she covered the region's 80 colleges and universities. For 10 years prior, she was the Inquirer’s lead reporter assigned to cover the Philadelphia School District, which has undergone a state takeover and extensive experimentation in school privatization. Her coverage has included a mix of breaking news, trends, feature articles and series, and spanned the district's role as both a political entity in the city and window into urban education in America. In 2005 she spent six months reporting "Writing for Their Lives," a series documenting how a single eighth grade class dealt with violence in their own families and communities, which won a National Headliners Award.
Kristen Graham has been a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer since 2000. She currently covers the Philadelphia School District for the Inquirer and Philly.com and was part of the team that produced “Assault on Learning,” the Inquirer’s investigative series on school violence.
Photographer and NYT Lens Blog Curator
James Estrin is a photographer for The New York Times, co-editor of The Lens Blog, the Times’s photography blog, and journalism educator at the City University of New York. Estrin was the driving force behind Lens, and has been its co-editor since it went online in May 2009. He started at The Times in 1987, and was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for the series “How Race is Lived in America.” In 2004, he was the first journalist to photograph an assisted suicide in Oregon, an event which he documented through articles, photographs and an audio slide show. Internationally, he has covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict several times and chronicled the journey of Mexican immigrants who shuttle between their lives in the United States and Mexico.
Estrin attended Hampshire College and the graduate program at the International Center of Photography. He was a staff photographer at The Jackson Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi from 1981 to 1983 and then worked in Washington and New York City.
Carlos Javier Ortiz is a photographer whose project, “Too Young To Die” is a comprehensive examination of youth violence in the United States and Central America. The project documents the lives of youth victims of violence as well as the teenage perpetrators of these crimes.
As a teenager, Ortiz's love of photography led him to work at a traveling carnival to save money for photography equipment and college tuition. Later, he attended Columbia College in Chicago, where he studied photojournalism. Following college, Carlos Javier was a staff photographer for Chicago In The Year 2000, a yearlong project documenting the city and its inhabitants.
In 2009 he won the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights: Domestic Photography award for “Too Young To Die.” He has also been a finalist for the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography and the Alexia Foundation professional grant. He was named the 2008 Illinois Press Photographer Association Photographer of the Year and has also won the Peter Lisagor Award for Photojournalism. In 2010 Ortiz was selected to be part of Facing Change: Documenting America (FCDA), a non-profit collective of acclaimed photographers and writers that will cover under-reported aspects of America’s most urgent issues and distribute the work through innovative online platforms.
His work has appeared in Ebony Magazine, Newsweek, Washington Post, The New York Times, TIME Magazine, NPR, Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ) The Guardian, Stern Magazine, the Biography Channel and other publications.
Photographer and Conceptual Artist
Hank Willis Thomas is a photo conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He received his BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and his MFA in photography, along with an MA in visual criticism, from California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
Thomas has been a visiting professor at CCA and in the MFA programs at Maryland Institute College of Art and ICP/Bard and has lectured at Yale University, Princeton University, the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris. His work has been featured in many publications including Reflections in Black, 25 under 25: Up-and-Coming American Photographers and 30 Americans. Thomas’ monograph, Pitch Blackness, was published by Aperture in 2008.
Thomas received a new media fellowship through the Tribeca Film Institute and was an artist in residence at John Hopkins University. He has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and abroad including Galerie Anne De Villepoix in Paris, the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. Thomas’ work is in numerous public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Museum of Fine Art in Houston. His collaborative projects have been featured at the Sundance Film Festival and installed publicly at the Oakland International Airport, The Oakland Museum of California and the University of California, San Francisco. Recent exhibitions include Dress Codes: The International Center for Photography’s Triennial of Photography and Video, Greater New York at P.S. 1/MoMa, Contact Toronto Photography Festival and Houston Fotofest. Thomas is currently a fellow at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University. Thomas is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City.
Ethnic Media Project Director
Stephen Franklin is an award-winning journalist and former labor writer and foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune where he covered the Middle East, served as bureau chief as well as undertaking many assignments in the region. At the Community Media Workshop, he manages the Ethnic Media Project, a program to help Chicago’s ethnic media build their skills and network with one another. Through his work with the ethnic media, Steve helped to develop and launch the anti-violence campaign “We Are Not Alone/No Estamos Solos” to bring black and Latino communities together to spotlight anti-violence initiatives around Chicago.
Franklin has also worked for the Detroit Free Press, the Philadelphia Bulletin, the Miami Herald and the Washington Daily News. He has also reported from Central and Latin America. He was a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize, and a series of his articles were among the top investigative stories cited by the Society of Business Editors and Writers in 2007. He has trained Egyptian journalists for the International Center for Journalists and for the Cairo-based Media Development Program. A former Studs Terkel award winner with the Workshop, he has been the Workshop’s ethnic news media director since 2009.
Pediatrician and Professor of Pediatrics
Kenneth Ginsburg is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He also serves as director of Health Services at Covenant House Pennsylvania, an agency that serves Philadelphia’s homeless and marginalized youth.
In Ginsburg’s adolescent medicine practice, he cares for a wide variety of medical conditions, while simultaneously addressing adolescent behavioral issues. He practices social adolescent medicine — medicine with special attention to prevention and the recognition that social context and stressors affect both physical and emotional health.
His research over the last two decades has focused on facilitating youth to develop their own solutions to social problems and to teach clinicians how to better serve them. He co-developed the Teen-Centered Method, a mixed qualitative/quantitative methodology that enables youth to generate, prioritize and explain their own ideas. Ginsburg has produced nearly 100 publications, including 24 original research articles, clinical practice articles, four books, and internet-based and video/DVD productions for clinicians, parents and teens. His most recent books are Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings and Letting Go with Love and Confidence: Raising Responsible, Resilient, Self-Sufficient Teens. He has received numerous awards for his work including The Young Investigator Award, The Lindback Award for distinguished teaching from The University of Pennsylvania, and The Humanism in Medicine Award given to the Penn faculty member who “demonstrates the highest standards of compassion and empathy in the delivery of care to patients.” He has been named one of Philadelphia magazine’s “Top Docs” seven times.
CeaseFire Founder and Professor of Epidemiology and International Health
Gary Slutkin is a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and the founder of CeaseFire, a unique, interdisciplinary, public health approach to violence prevention.
Slutkin is a physician trained in medicine, infectious disease control and reversing epidemics. In the early 1980s, Slutkin ran the Tuberculosis Program for the city of San Francisco when an epidemic of tuberculosis was occurring related to an influx of Vietnamese refugees. This effort increased the cure rate from 50% to 95%, dropped TB cases by over 50% and prevented a large scale epidemic of drug-resistant tuberculosis seen in several other cities throughout the country. Slutkin left San Francisco to move to Somalia where he worked on cholera and tuberculosis epidemics in refugees; and became assistant to the Director of Primary Health Care for the country. From Somalia, Slutkin was recruited by the World Health Organization Global Program on AIDS where he was assigned responsibility for supporting the Uganda AIDS epidemic. Uganda became the only country in Africa where the AIDS epidemic has been reversed. He also was responsible for developing the evaluation methods for measuring the spread of AIDS and documenting results, which are now used by over 90 countries.
In 1995, Slutkin requested leave from WHO to return to the U.S. to work on the violence epidemic in the U.S. He began this work with a 6 month period in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health in 1994, and since 1995 has been working with Chicago leaders, clergy, community, and law enforcement to develop and implement a new strategy for violence reduction.
The first results of CeaseFire, an initiative of the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention, show an average of 45% reduction in shootings in the five neighborhoods. Some neighborhoods are showing up to 67% reductions. Project methods focus heavily on outreach workers hired from the community, clergy outreach, public education and community responses all working toward changing norms and expectations and to provide realistic alternatives.
Educator and Activist
Jamira Burley, 23, is an educator and activist in Philadelphia. As a young woman growing up in a city with skyrocketing rates of violence that resulted in the murder of her brother and stepfather, Burley founded the Overbrook High Panther Peace Core to provide students with nonviolent alternatives to address conflict. In 2007, the Peace Core initiative granted $50,000 to implement the program into the top ten “persistently dangerous” high schools in Philadelphia.
Burley is a founding chairperson of the Philadelphia Youth Commission, the only Philadelphia city agency operated by young people. She has served as the 2010 city council appointee to the Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission, 2010 Governor’s Appointee to the Committee on Children and Families, 2010 chairperson for the Philadelphia Youth Commission, director of community affairs for Temple Student Government, vice president of the Septa Youth Advisory Council and director of marketing for the International Student Association. Burley is the co-host of the radio show, “My Voice” on WURD 900AM Philadelphia, where she interviews elected officials and community leaders. Burley is also the youngest salaried employee of the School District of Philadelphia where she works as the Student Leadership Coordinator creating leadership opportunities for high school students. In 2011, the Philadelphia Daily News recognized Burley as one of top ten up and comers Philadelphians.
Burley is the first of 16 children, to graduate high school and to go to college. In her senior year at Temple University, Burley is majoring in International Business, Legal Studies with a minor in Chinese.
James V. Grimaldi, who joined the Washington Post in 2000, won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 2006 for work on the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. He has worked on accountability stories about Congress, politicians, presidential campaigns, D.C. public schools, the Washington Redskins, the Smithsonian Institution and the National Zoo, among others. His series “The Hidden Life of Guns” won the 2011 Freedom of Information medal awarded by Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has been a Knight-Bagehot fellow in business journalism and Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton.
Director of Philadelphia CeaseFire
Marla Davis Bellamy is the executive director of the Center for Bioethics, Urban Health and Policy at the Temple University School of Medicine, and Director of Philadelphia CeaseFire, a public health violence intervention program developed in Chicago. Prior to joining Temple, Davis Bellamy served as executive director of the Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia and for five years prior as chief of staff for the PA Department of Health in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Over her career, Davis Bellamy has served as executive vice president of special projects at Universal Companies, director of community affairs at the Univ. of Pennsylvania Health System, executive director of the Healthcare Management Alternatives Foundation, Inc. and government relations liaison for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Along with the criminal defense attorney, Tariq El-Shabazz, she is also the host of “The Pulse,” a weekly morning magazine segment on WURD 900-AM in Philadelphia. Davis Bellamy received her J.D. from Temple University School of Law and her Master’s from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Johnson C. Smith University.
Photographer and Associate Professor
Donna De Cesare is a documentary photographer and an associate professor at the University of Texas School of Journalism. For over 20 years she has been exploring youth identity and gang violence in Central America. Her project, “Destiny’s Children: A Legacy of War and Gangs” follows the lives of four young people marked by an experience of war and its aftermath.
Her photographs have been widely exhibited and appeared in news and arts publications including: The New York Times Magazine, Life, Mother Jones, DoubleTake and Aperture.
She is recipient of an Emmy award, the Dorothea Lange Prize, The Alicia Patterson Fellowship, the Mother Jones International Photo Fund Award, the Soros Independent Project fellowship and most recently a Fulbright Fellowship in Colombia. De Cesare is currently documenting narratives of loss and survival among those who have suffered paramilitary violence in Colombia. Images and text from this project published on the Web site Crimes of War won a top award in the National Press Photographer’s Best of Photojournalism contest. Since the New York opening of her 2006 exhibition Sharing Secrets it has traveled to Washington DC, Korea, Poland and China.
Philadelphia Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Mayor’s Chief of Staff
Everett Gillison is deputy mayor for public safety for the Ciy of Philadelphia where he oversees the Philadelphia Police and Fire Departments, Prisons, Office of Emergency Management, and Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services for Ex-Offenders. He also serves as Mayor Nutter’s chief of staff. Prior, Gillison was assistant defender for the Defender Association of Philadelphia and a member of the Special Defense and Homicide Unit.
Gillison is a native Philadelphian. He grew up in West Philadelphia and graduated from University City High School. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from Syracuse College of Law. He served as a social worker at the Defenders Association of Philadelphia from 1977 to 1982. Gillison frequently lectures on trial tactics at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute as well as Temple University School of Law. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Philadelphia Bar Association, and the Barristers Association of Philadelphia.
Acel Moore is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and newspaper columnist. Moore began his career with the Philadelphia Inquirer as a copy clerk in 1962. In 1964, he became an editorial clerk, and from 1968 to 1981, he worked as a staff writer.
In 1970 Moore won the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Scale of Justice Award for his series on the juvenile court system; in 1971, he won the Public Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalism and in 1974 he won an award from the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors Association. In 1974, Moore and Reggie Bryant hosted a television show called Black Perspectives on the News on WHYY public television. In 1977, Moore won the Pulitzer Prize for local investigative reporting for his series on abuse of inmates at Fairview State Hospital. In 1979 he established the Art Peters Fellowship Program, a copy editor internship that has launched the careers of 50 minority journalists. From 1980 to 1989 he served on the faculty at the University of California Berkeley for the school's summer program for minority journalists. In 1984 Moore created the Journalism Career Development Workshop that has trained dozens of Philadelphia high school students. The program is now named in Moore's honor. After his retirement in 2005, Moore continued to write for the Inquirer about local and national issues and how they affect the common man.
Moore has also worked as a journalism instructor at Temple University and Florida A&M University in addition to being a journalism consultant to Northwestern University, Duquesne University, University of Kansas Norfolk State University. A founder of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) in 1975, Moore was honored with the NABJ Legacy Award in 2005.
CeaseFire Outreach Worker
Brandon T. Jones is an outreach worker for Philadelphia CeaseFire, a public health violence intervention program that originated in Chicago, Illinois. A native of Philadelphia, Jones was part of the youth violence problem in the city until he turned his life around and became part of the solution. As an outreach worker, Jones works to reduce the number of homicides and shootings in the 22nd police district in Philadelphia by recruiting and working one-on-one with clients between the ages of 14 and 25 who are actively involved in high risk street activity. Jones works round the clock to motivate his clients to adopt more positive lifestyles. He also assists them with obtaining employment, GED or job training.
Prior to joining Philadelphia CeaseFire, Jones had been working with local ex-offenders committed to educating at-risk youth about making good decisions. In February 2011, he helped construct a make-shift prison cell in a vacant lot in North Philadelphia to offer young people a firsthand look at incarceration. This initiative, called the “28-Day Prison & Death Fast” reached over 3,000 families. He also worked on the "ban the box" legislation with City Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller which gives ex-offenders a fair chance of employment by not requiring disclosure of a prior arrest on an employment application.
Jones is a graduate of North Penn High School in Lansdale, PA and the father of two. He has dedicated his life to Christ and intends to further his education at Temple while continuing to help young people stay on the right path.
Co-Director of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice
Ted Corbin, M.D., M.P.P., is an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Drexel University College of Medicine. He also serves as the medical director of the “Healing Hurt People” Program, an emergency department based trauma-informed intervention strategy that identifies victims of intentional injury, and co-director of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice. He is the 2011 recipient of the Stoneleigh Foundation Fellowship to demonstrate the effectiveness of a trauma-informed hospital-based violence intervention.
In 2006, Dr. Corbin was recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the “Forty Under Forty” for his work in youth violence. In 2005, he was awarded a Soros Physician Advocacy Fellowship. Corbin is a graduate of Lincoln University in Lincoln, PA. He taught Biology at a New York Public High School for two years. He completed his medical degree at the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA and then completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Corbin is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and was recently appointed as the Director of Drexel's MD/MPH program. Corbin received his Master’s in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Psychiatrist and Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy
Sandra L. Bloom, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist and associate professor of health
management and policy and co-director of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice at
the School of Public Health of Drexel University in Philadelphia. She is also past president of
the International Society for Traumatic Studies. From 1980 to 2001, Bloom was
medical director of the Sanctuary programs. Her first book, Creating Sanctuary: Toward the
Evolution of Sane Societies, describes the experience of Bloom and her colleagues as they
learned what it means to become “trauma-informed.”
In 2005, Bloom partnered with Andrus Children’s Center to establish the Sanctuary Institute
to train a wide variety of human service delivery programs in the Sanctuary model, a trauma-informed approach to organizational change. She currently serves as distinguished fellow of Andrus Children’s Center and has developed over 100 programs nationally and internationally in adopting the Sanctuary model. These programs include residential settings for children, group homes, schools, substance abuse programs, shelters, outpatient facilities, child welfare agencies and juvenile justice programs. Bloom is a past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. A new book, co-authored with Brian Farragher, chief operating officer at Andrus Children’s Center, is Destroying Sanctuary: The Crisis in Human Service Delivery, published by Oxford University Press in 2010. The third volume of the series, Restoring Sanctuary: A New Operating System for Organizations, will be published this year.
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