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Black Opportunity Fund Inc.
  • Round Table Talk: 

  • A Public Health Approach to Violence Prevention

  • December 9, 2021
  • 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm EST
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Round Table Talk: 
A Public Health Approach to Violence Prevention

On December 9th Black Opportunity Fund will be hosting an important national roundtable on A Public Health Approach to Violence Prevention. The event will take place from 6pm EST to 8 pm EST.
Society’s response to violent crime has generally been predicated on a reactive criminal justice approach. The public health approach emphasizes prevention over reaction and the reduction of “risk factors” over the incapacitation of criminal offenders. The public health perspective recognizes that violence is the result of a complex causal system, and explores the social determinants of violence in the same way that socio-economic factors create disparate negative outcomes in healthcare for Black and racialized communities.

Oakland Chief of Violence Prevention Guillermo Cespedes who is a globally recognized leader in this area, has been confirmed to participate as the keynote speaker to frame the event.

It will be followed by a virtual Canada wide roundtable on a Public Health Approach to Violence Prevention, with expert presenters from across various regions of Canada bringing their own distinct perspectives.

 

BOF LEADERSHIP TEAM - BIOS

Guillermo Cespedes

Keynote Speaker; City of Oakland, California, Chief of the Dept. of Violence Prevention – Guillermo Cespedes is a violence prevention and intervention expert with over 4 decades of experience at the community, municipal, national, and international level.

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Paul Bailey

Executive Director, Black Health Alliance. (Toronto)

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Zya Brown

Founder, Think 2wice International (Toronto)

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Dunia Nur

President, African Canadian Civic Engagement Council (Edmonton)

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Michael Lewis

BRAVE Case Manager, Tory Trauma Program, Sunnybrook Health Sciences (Toronto)

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DeRico Symonds

Co-Founder, GameChanegrs902, ACCE Halifax (Halifax)

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Marcell Wilson

Founder & President, The One By One Movement Inc (Toronto)

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Dr. Myrna Lashley

Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, McGill University, as well as an adjunct researcher at the Culture and Mental Health Research Unit of the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research (Montreal)

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Dr. Tanya Sharpe

Associate Professor, University of Toronto; Founder and Director of The CRIB (The Centre for Research and Innovation for Black Survivors of Homicide Victims) (Toronto)

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agenda
Topic Agenda Time
Welcome and Land Acknowledgement

Welcome and Land Acknowledgement Dr. Ato Sekyi-Otu, Co-Chair, Black Opportunity Fund Health Task Force                                     

6:00 pm - 6:05 pm
Keynote Speaker

Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Craig Wellington, Executive Director, Black Opportunity Fund

Guillermo Cespedes – City of Oakland, California, Chief of the Dept. of Violence Prevention – Guillermo Cespedes is a violence prevention and intervention expert with over 4 decades of experience at the community, municipal, national, and international level.

Including Q&A

6:05 pm - 6:45 pm
Panel Discussion

Grassroots community organizations panel discussion:

  • Paul Bailey – Executive Director, Black Health Alliance
  • Zya Brown – Founder of Think 2wice International
  • Dunia Nur – President, African Canadian Civic Engagement Council
  • Michael Lewis – Case Manager, BRAVE Program, Sunnybrook Hospital
  • DeRico Symonds, Co-Founder, GameChanegrs902, ACCE Halifax
  • Marcell Wilson, Founder & President, One By One Movement

 

6:45 pm - 7:30 pm
Academics Discussion

Introduction of Academic Panel Members by Eleanor McIntosh, BOF Education Task Force Chair

Academics Discussion:

  • Dr Myrna Ashley – Associate Professor in the Dept of Psychiatry, McGill University, and adjunct researcher at the Culture and Mental Health Research Unit of the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research
  • Tanya Sharpe – Associate Professor, Endowed Chair in Social Work in the Global Community, U of T. Founder & Director, Centre for Research & Innovation for Black Survivors of Homicide Victims (The CRIB)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Q&A

Open Q&A Session – facilitated by Craig Wellington

Questions that come in via the chat will be taken

7:45 pm - 7:55 pm
Closing Remarks

Closing Remarks by Craig Wellington

7:55 pm - 8:00 pm