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News Release
"Next Steps in Creating Public Safety" Work Session with Dr. Jonathan Jay Set for Monday Morning - 02/19/21

On Monday, February 22nd at 10:00 am, Dr. Jonathan Jay of Boston University School of Public Health will present during a work session titled "Next Steps in Creating Public Safety."

Invitees extend beyond the Portland City Council and include Multnomah County Commissioners, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt, and Nike Green with the Office of Violence Prevention, among others. This presentation is a follow up from the numerous meetings Commissioner Hardesty has facilitated since last Fall between Dr. Jonathan Jay and other government officials. Commissioner Hardesty continues to be determined to move urgently towards addressing gun violence as a public health issue and not over-relying on police to mitigate gun violence.

Dr. Jonathan Jay studies urban health, especially youth exposure to gun violence, as an assistant professor at Boston University School of Public Health. He works at the intersection of data science and community health, with ongoing research projects on gun violence prevention, COVID-19, and police violence. He leads Shape-Up, a project using analytics to help city residents reduce firearm violence through environmental improvements (winner of the $100k Everytown for Gun Safety Prize and a 2019 Solver with MIT Solve).

Dr. Jay previously served as a research fellow for the Firearm-Safety Among Children and Teens (FACTS) Consortium, led by the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and for the Computational Epidemiology Group at Boston Children's Hospital. He also consults on public health and safety with Portland (OR) Fire & Rescue. Before receiving his doctorate in public health (DrPH) from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Dr. Jay trained as a lawyer-ethicist and worked in global health policy. He received a BA with honors from Brown University, a JD cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and an MA in philosophy from Georgetown University.

Any member of the public can watch the Monday, February 22nd 10:00 AM work session using this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOz8COfGnLk

Below is the agenda for the work session.

  • Welcome/Intro
  • National data on rise in gun violence
  • Promising new practices/Discussion
  • Components/Opportunities/Visioning
  • Community safety poll
  • LPSCC process for transformation
  • Office of Violence Prevention
  • Council initiatives
  • Next meeting/Wrap up  


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