Community Members to Discuss the Effects of Gun Violence on Their Neighborhoods at 2040 Health Summit, February 23, 2013

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Panel organized by 2040 Partners for Health will explore the impact of gun violence on neighborhoods in and around Denver.

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A panel of community members from the Park Hill, Northeast Park Hill, Northwest Aurora, East Montclair and Stapleton neighborhoods will explore the effects that gun violence has had on their neighborhoods, and what their communities can do. “Like heart disease, diabetes, mental health issues and asthma, gun violence is a public health issue that has a direct effect on ordinary people and their families,” said Janet Meredith, executive director of 2040 Partners for Health.

The panel will be part of the 2040 Health Summit on February 23, 2013, at the Denver School for the Arts, Montview and Quebec St. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Moderators for the panel will include Cerise Hunt, community project development coordinator of the Center for Public Health Practice, Colorado School of Public Health, and Michele Wheeler, community liaison for 2040 Partners for Health, the Denver area nonprofit that is sponsoring the Summit. 2040 Partners for Health works in the communities of East Montclair, Park Hill, Northeast Park Hill, Northwest Aurora, and Stapleton, and with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Other neighborhood health issues to be discussed during the Summit, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., are cardiac arrest outcomes in the neighborhoods (with a CPR demonstration); information about diabetes, asthma and smoking, and scleroderma; and what residents need to know about the Affordable Care Act.

The Summit is free and open to the public, but registration is requested to ensure sufficient free lunches for all participants. Registrations may be made online at, or by calling 720-216-0076, extension 101.

Moderators, panelists and a number of community members will be available for interviews, including Spanish-speakers.

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The mission of 2040 Partners for Health is to advance the health and healthcare of community residents for the long term by convening and facilitating health discussions, research, programs and other community based action, using Community-Based Participatory Research and Action principles, through a collaboration with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the five neighborhoods.

Bios of Gun Violence Panel Moderators
Michele Wheeler is a long-time resident of Denver; the Community Liaison for 2040 Partners for Health; former Gun Violence Prevention Coordinator for the Denver District Attorney's Office; current Community Relations Ombudsman for the Denver Office of the Independent Monitor; and President of the Northeast Park Hill Coalition.

Cerise Hunt, MSW, has served as a Community Outreach Coordinator for Colorado School of Public Health’s Center for Public Health Practice for more than three years. In this role, she has successfully developed and facilitated cultural competency trainings throughout Colorado. She was instrumental in the formation of the Colorado Black Health Collaborative and the Far Northeast Health Alliance. She was formerly the Health Disparities Specialist at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Office of Health Disparities.

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