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Gun Violence in California: Intervention and Interruption Strategies

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
9:00am - 10:30am PDT
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Join Southern California Grantmakers, San Diego Grantmakers, and Hope and Heal Fund for an informative conversation about how to address the public health crisis of gun violence through a racial equity framework. The American Public Health Association recognizes gun violence as complex and deeply rooted in our culture, but it is preventable. A comprehensive public health approach is crucial now more than ever. 

The informational webinar will provide California funders with information about the current gun violence epidemic in our state and the many drivers of this issue, including community violence, domestic violence, and suicide. The goal is to empower and equip participants with the tools to ensure we have safer homes and communities free of gun violence, injuries, death and trauma within California. Together we can revitalize our communities and make them peaceful and safer places we all desire.

If you require any accommodations in order to fully participate in this program, please contact [email protected].


Dr. April M. Zeoli is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. She earned her PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she studied health and public policy, specializing in violence prevention. She conducts interdisciplinary research, with a goal of bringing together the fields of public health and criminology and criminal justice. Her main field of investigation is the prevention of intimate partner violence and homicide through the use of policy and law. She is currently studying the implementation of firearm relinquishment procedures for those intimate partner violence offenders who can no longer legally possess them. She is also studying the criminal histories of those who go on to commit intimate partner homicide to identify potential intervention points.

Stan Collins has worked in the suicide prevention field for two decades since losing a friend to suicide in high school, utilizing his experience to support and develop strategies to create system-level change around suicide prevention. He currently works as a consultant in the field of suicide prevention, focusing on technical assistance in the creation and implementation of suicide prevention curricula and strategies. Stan Collins served as the subject matter expert in the development and roll-out of the “Stop Firearm Suicide San Diego” campaign, partnering with gun shop owners to coordinate the promotion and awareness of suicide prevention in the firearm owning community.

Cornelius Bowser, a native San Diegan, grew up in the heart of San Diego. He is a gang expert and former gang member of the West Coast Crips. His life took a dramatic turn on December 5, 1984, when he decided to turn his life over to Christ. In 1999 he was elevated to the office of Bishop. Bishop Bowser took his elevation seriously and led the charge in building a local fellowship in San Diego and a state council. Bishop Bowser was also appointed as a commissioner to the City of San Diego Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention (2012-2017). He is also a volunteer for the San Diego Compassion Project who ministers to homicide victims' families. He is one of the founding members of the Community Assistance Support Team (C.A.S.T.) which has helped to reduce gang violence in the City of San Diego.


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