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Johns Hopkins Gun Center to Educate Thousands of Youth on Gun Violence Prevention Research

Dr. Daniel Webster and his colleagues at the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research at the Bloomberg School of Public Health received a $750,000 grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to offer high school and college youth access to courses on gun violence prevention (GVP) research taught by some of the world’s leading GVP researchers, and to conduct and translate gun violence prevention research.

Dr. Webster and his colleagues will develop and offer a massive open online course (MOOC) to help learners understand relevant legal issues and effectively use data that are most relevant to policy debates on gun violence. Learners will gain an understanding of the interventions with the greatest impact on gun violence and common concerns and arguments made about gun policies.

The course will be offered in the beginning in 2019 and at least two times per year. Previous Bloomberg School MOOCs, which by design are tuition-free, have attracted a total of over 6 million registrants from around the world.

Dr. Webster and colleagues will also offer a 4-5 day summer program at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore for motivated high school youth. The program will enhance students’ understanding of pertinent scientific evidence and policy options relevant to preventing gun violence, build advocacy skills, and foster networking opportunities between youth representing numerous states and diverse backgrounds. Scholarships will cover room, board, travel expenses, and instructional fees for 50 students. Students from across the U.S will be recruited, with special attention to involve communities most impacted by gun violence. Classroom sessions will be balanced with experiential learning exercises and activities to help students advance their goals through thorough understanding of policy and effective use of data in their advocacy.

The remainder of the grant will be used to support the Center in advancing its mission to conduct and translate research that can be used to advance effective solutions to gun violence in America.

Dr. Webster is a leading national expert in gun violence prevention policy. His primary research interests include the prevention of gun violence, gun policy, youth gun acquisition and carrying, intimate partner violence, and youth violence prevention. Over the past 25 years, his research and policy analyses have helped shape local, state, and federal policies on gun violence prevention. Additional Johns Hopkins faculty involved with this project include: Dr. Cassandra Crifasi, Mr. Jon Vernick, Mr. Alex McCourt, Dr. Beth McGinty, Dr. Shannon Frattaroli and Dr. Colleen Barry.