Gun Violence Prevention - Advocacy in ActionAn “Advocacy in Action” forum on gun violence prevention and legislative advocacy was held in February 2016 for CHOP employees. The event was sponsored by the Office of Government Affairs, Community Relations & Advocacy (OGACRA), in partnership with CHOP’s Violence Prevention Initiative.

The forum allowed employees to learn more about CHOP’s experience with children affected by gun violence, hear about legislative efforts to curb gun violence and promote safety, and find out what employees can do to become an advocate. 

Peter Grollman, MGA, vice president of Government Affairs, Community Relations & Advocacy, moderated a spirited discussion with:

  • Pennsylvania State Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Abington)
  • Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia)
  • Michael L. Nance, MD, director of CHOP’s Pediatric Trauma Program, investigator at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention and VPI fellow
  • Shira Goodman, executive director of CeaseFirePA
  • Jonathan Goldstein, JD, a national expert in firearms law and founding partner of McNelly & Goldstein, LLC.

Employees in attendance said they particularly enjoyed hearing from all perspectives and sides of this issue. For more information, please contact our State and Local Affairs Manager, Jonathan Hood.

Photo caption: From left: Jonathan Goldstein, McNelly & Goldstein; Michael Nance, MD, FACS, FAAP, director of the Pediatric Trauma Program at CHOP; Peter Grollman, vice president, Government Affairs, Community Relations & Advocacy; PA State Rep. Madeleine Dean; Shira Goodman, executive director, CeaseFirePA; PA State Sen. Vincent J. Hughes.