Discussion Series, Session 3

About the series: The discussion series includes three sessions designed to facilitate valuable community conversations and to learn from national experts about multiple policing issues that are relevant to university safety and security. These sessions will be open to the public, recorded, and live-streamed, with relevant information and materials posted to this website.

Root Causes of Crime and Solution-Oriented Strategies—A Public Health Perspective


Wednesday, Dec. 5, 1 to 3 p.m.
Bunting Meyerhoff Interfaith and Community Service Center
3509 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218


  • Lisa Cooperthe James F. Fries Professor of general internal medicine at Johns Hopkins and a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor who focuses on America’s health disparities—the ways race and socioeconomic factors shape them, and the ways our health systems might help eliminate them.


  • Jens Ludwig, an economist at University of Chicago whose work focuses on how urban poverty and social conditions affect a range of outcomes.
  • JT Timpson, who directed one of the sites of Baltimore’s Safe Streets violence interrupters program and currently leads Baltimore Roca, an anti-violence nonprofit.
  • Carla Shedd,  a sociologist at the City University of New York whose work focuses on how young people’s institutional experiences shape their path with the criminal justice system.
  • John Rich, a public health physician and professor of health management and policy at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health and co-director of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice at Drexel. His work focuses on health challenges faced by young, African-American men.
  • Erricka Bridgefordwho directs Baltimore Ceasefire, a community based organization that organizes ceasefire weekends and other community outreach, advocacy, and life-affirming events in Baltimore around reducing gun violence. Erricka’s TED talk is available here.