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Violence as a Health Disparity

The Program in Community Engagement convenes a working group to explore the disparate effects of violence in the local community, focusing on issues such as suicide, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, youth violence, and other similar topics. The Violence as a Health Disparity Work Group includes various stakeholders who meet monthly to plan and discuss local and national issues related to violence and health. 

For more information or to participate contact Stephanie Daniel, PhD, sdaniel@wakehealth.edu.


The LaDeara Crest New Generations Project was implemented with the vision of Mayor Pro-Tempore, Vivian Burke as a deterrent to gang violence. Facilitated by Winston-Salem Police Department Community Relations Specialist Pam Peoples-Joyner, young men of high school age residing in the LaDeara Crest neighborhood meet weekly to participate in life skills education and receive social support on current issues relevant to their lives. The Program in Community Engagement in collaboration with the Department of Pediatrics provide resources, community referrals for youth participants and their families along with guided discussions on health and social topics to empower youth to create positive life choices. 

Past Events

October 5,2016 
Domestic Violence Kick-Off and Candlelight Vigil 

Sponsored By: Winston-Salem Police Department, Community Intervention & Educational Services, and the MindSight Counseling & Consultation Services

What is a PhotoVoice Project?
Authoring Action (authoringaction.org), a local arts and education nonprofit organization developing teen authors toward social change, partnered with the Program in Community Engagement. Eight teens, ages 14-17, worked with faculty and staff to research Violence as a Health Disparity through photography, writing, discussions about their work, and a public exhibit including a live engagement of their written work. Participants:Learned about the process of qualitative research and data collection, photographed their experiences with violence, created spoken word pieces, explored qualitative data analysis, performed spoken word pieces from their written works for community stakeholders, displayed photos and documents for community discussion, and developed and expanded critical thinking skills related to taking photos, safety and consequences. 

May, 2016 
What is a Domestic Violence as a Health Disparity Workshop

October 27, 2014 

What is a Health Disparity? And What Does That Have To Do with Gun Violence?
The work group is also planning a lunchtime workshop for community leaders entitled What is a Health Disparity? And What Does That Have To Do with Gun Violence? on October 27, 2014.  Goals of the workshop are to explain the concept of health disparity and then to illustrate how it manifests itself in our community in the areas of diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease and gun violence.

August 5, 2014

Summer Film Series: Let’s Treat Violence Like a Contagious Disease

A third and final film in the series was a TED talk, entitled Let’s Treat Violence Like a Contagious Disease  by Dr. Gary Slutkin.  Following this brief video, Jason Clodfelter and Joseph Sloop, from MapForsyth, made a presentation about “Locating Distressed Areas in a Community.”  Ms. Lynne Mitchell (Forsyth County Department of Public Health), Mr. Paul Norby (City-County Planning Department) and Dr. Kevin High (Wake Forest School of Medicine) answered questions and commented on the film.


July 8, 2014

Summer Film Series: Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence

This film was produced by the Presbyterian Church and frames gun violence as both a disaster and a public health issue.  Following the film, Susan Browder shared her family’s story of the murder of their daughter by their son-in-law.  A facilitated discussion about how to change our thinking about gun violence in our community was led by Dr. John Stewart, Associate Professor of Surgery at Wake Forest School of Medicine and Ms. Sarah Green, Triad representative for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.


June 10, 2014

Summer Film Series: Changing the Conversation: America’s Gun Violence Epidemic

This film re-frames the conversation about gun violence in America by focusing on public health prevention.  A facilitated discussion followed the screening, led by Dr. Stephanie Daniel (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships), Mr. Andy Hagler (Mental Health Association in Forsyth County) and Dr. Robert Rominger (President of the NC Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) and moderated by Dr. Tom Arcury.


March 26, 2014

The Health Impact of Male Gun Ownership on Intimate Partner Violence

This event was co-sponsored by Family Services, Inc., the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, and the Program in Community Engagement.  Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell, Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, led the main workshop as well as a smaller discussion group for health care professionals on the topic of The Health Care Provider’s Role in Safety, Health, and Intimate Partner Violence.  Over 60 people participated from diverse organizations such as law enforcement, health care, non-profits, government, and educational institutions.T


November 14, 2013
Mental Health and Gun Violence

The Mental Health Association of Forsyth County and the Translational Science Institute of Wake Forest School of Medicine hosted a community panel discussion on mental health and gun violence on Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at Goodwill Industries. Nearly 70 people came out to attend the event and ask questions. The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Jeffrey Swanson, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine. Panel members included: 

  • Mike Bridges, Customer Service Director, CenterPoint Human Services
  • Stephen Kramer, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • Connie Southern, Assistant Chief, Investigative Services Bureau, Winston-Salem Policy Department

September 19, 2013

Gun Violence: A Campus and Community Discussion
This event originated as an idea of the Winston-Salem State University Sociology Club and came to the attention of the Program in Community Engagement through members of our Gun Violence as a Health Disparity work group. It grew into a collaborative effort involving representatives from WSSU, Salem College, Wake Forest University, City of Winston-Salem Gang Violence Reduction Program, and Wake Forest School of Medicine. The panel discussion was envisioned as a way to inform the campus and larger community about preparedness for, potential responses to, and the consequences of gun violence, and to engage the audience in a discussion about these concerns.Panel members included:

  • Mr. Darrell Jeter: Preparedness for Gun Violence: Emergency Management
  • Chief Barry Rountree: Law Enforcement Processes
  • Dr. Kimya Dennis: Varying Impact of Gun Violence
  • Dr. John Petty: Medical Issues in Treating the Effects of Gun Violence
  • Chief Assistant District Attorney for Forsyth County Jennifer Martin: Relevant Laws & Criminal Prosecution of Gun Cases
  • Dr. Thomas Arcury moderated the discussion

    View pictures from the event