CEI Perspectives
Community Engagement Institute (CEI) Perspectives hosts engaged conversations that address focused topics of interest to communities to appreciate diverse points of view and to serve as a call to action for science, service and solutions. Drawing on a combination of formal presentations and moderated panels, this venue provides an agile and more frequent setting to respond to pressing issues. CEI Perspectives is a partnership with the UAB Center for the Study of Community Health, a CDC-sponsored Prevention Research Center.

  • Panel Discussion Topic - Community Violence
    December 17, 2021: Event Recording

    Bring your perspective to the conversation, alongside researchers, community leaders, elected officials, health workers and educators.

    In the past two years, homicides and gun assaults have risen as much as 30 percent in medium to large cities in the United States, with this type of violence disproportionately affecting communities of color and high-poverty neighborhoods. For more than 20 years, homicide has been the leading cause of death for African-American boys and young adults between the ages of 15 and 34. Community violence has been closely linked to inequities, including disparate access to employment, housing, health care, quality education, healthy food, and safety within neighborhoods. Birmingham and Jefferson County have experienced similar trends in both increases in violence and in social and racial inequity. This discussion will bring together representatives from multiple organizations and groups seeking to better understand the causes, current efforts underway, and possible solutions to addressing violence in our communities. Short presentations will be followed by an open forum where members of the community can come together to discuss how we might address community violence through multiple and interlocking efforts.

  • Moderator: Jeff Walker, Director, Center for the Study of Community Health, UAB

    Jeremy Sherer – Assistant US Attorney, Northern District of Alabama
    Bryn Manzella – Director of Quality Improvement, Jefferson County Department of Health
    Onoyemi Williams – Peacemaker; Faith in Action Alabama
    Dana Ellis – Volunteer Leader, Moms Demand Action Alabama
    Russell Griffin, Phd – Associate Professor, Epidemiology, School of Public Health, UAB
  • For more information, contact:

    Jeff Walker
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