Using Social Media to Predict Gun Violence
Sunday, March 13
5:00PM - 6:00PM
110 E 2nd St
Gun-related violence in the U.S. is a public health crisis, with nearly 100,000 people injured or killed each year. Despite the critical need for timely data on gun violence, laws and regulations often prohibit comprehensive data collection. The emergence of non-traditional data sources –online news, Google, and Twitter– has already been used to track a wide range of public health phenomena, such as the spread of influenza, and now has the potential to track gun usage and opinions. This session will demonstrate and discuss a brand new publicly-accessible interactive platform that provides real-time information and forecasts, on gun ownership and gun violence in searchable geographic areas.
Dir Predictive Medicine Group
Harvard Medical School
Ben Reis is Director of the Predictive Medicine Group at Harvard Medical School and the Children's Hospital Informatics Program. His research focuses on understanding the fundamental patterns of hu...Show the rest
Ben Reis is Director of the Predictive Medicine Group at Harvard Medical School and the Children's Hospital Informatics Program. His research focuses on understanding the fundamental patterns of human disease and on developing novel approaches for predicting disease. He has created systems that allow doctors to predict dangerous clinical conditions years in advance, including suicide and domestic abuse, as well as predictive pharmacology systems that allow drug safety professionals to identify life-threatening adverse drug effects years in advance. He has advised the US government on establishing national biodefense systems in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the Hong Kong government on building health infrastructure in response to the SARS pandemic, the Greek government on establishing biodefense systems for the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics, and the Chinese Government in advance of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.Hide the rest
Armed With Reason
Evan DeFilippis is currently attending Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, a graduate program focusing on economics and public policy. He is the co-founder of Armed With Reason, a website dedicated...Show the rest
Evan DeFilippis is currently attending Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, a graduate program focusing on economics and public policy. He is the co-founder of Armed With Reason, a website dedicated to providing a scientific defense of gun violence prevention. His work on gun violence has been featured in Washington Post, Atlantic, Slate, VICE, Huffington Post, Vox, Media Matters, Boston Review, and many others.
He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a triple degree in Economics, Political Science, and Psychology. He was the University of Oklahoma’s valedictorian in 2012, one of the nation’s 50 Harry S. Truman Scholars based on his commitment to public service, and is a David L. Boren Critical Languages scholar. He speaks Swahili, and is committed to a career in economic development and public health.Hide the rest
The Joyce Foundation
Jessyca Dudley is Program Officer for the Joyce Foundation’s Gun Violence Prevention Program. Through Joyce’s grant making, Jessyca supports evidence-based policies and practices to reduce gun deat...Show the rest
Jessyca Dudley is Program Officer for the Joyce Foundation’s Gun Violence Prevention Program. Through Joyce’s grant making, Jessyca supports evidence-based policies and practices to reduce gun deaths and injuries in the United States. Joyce was the first foundation to focus on gun violence prevention 20 years ago, and since has partnered with law enforcement, policy makers, advocates, the medical community, moms and more to encourage common sense solutions to end gun violence.
As a researcher and public health practitioner, Jessyca has held positions with the Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Chicago. With these organizations she has developed and implemented community-based prevention and outreach programs, and conducted clinical and social science research to improve the health of communities in Chicago.
Jessyca holds a Master’s of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a bachelor’s in Women’s Studies from Skidmore College. She is a certified Community Health Education Specialist. Jessyca is the Founder of The Building Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing children with access to education in West Africa. She also serves on the YWCA Future Leaders Board.Hide the rest
Chief Innovation Officer
Boston Children's Hospital
John Brownstein, Ph.D. is Professor of Pediatrics and Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School and is the Chief Innovation Officer of Boston Children’s Hospital. He also directs the Computa...Show the rest
John Brownstein, Ph.D. is Professor of Pediatrics and Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School and is the Chief Innovation Officer of Boston Children’s Hospital. He also directs the Computational Epidemiology Group at the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program in Boston. He was trained as an epidemiologist at Yale University. Overall, his research agenda aims to have translation impact on the surveillance, control and prevention of disease. He has been at the forefront of the development and application of digital health tools including HealthMap.org, an internet-based global infectious disease intelligence system. The system is in use by millions each year including the CDC, WHO, DHS, DOD, HHS, and EU, and has been recognized by the National Library of Congress and the Smithsonian. Dr. Brownstein has advised the World Health Organization, Institute of Medicine, the US Department of Health and Human Services, and the White House on real-time public health surveillance. He was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government to outstanding scientists and engineers. Dr. Brownstein is also the official advisor to Uber on healthcare application. He has authored over 170 peer-reviewed articles on epidemiology and public health. This work has been reported on widely including pieces in the New England Journal of Medicine, Science, Nature, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, National Public Radio and the BBC.Hide the rest