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The Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy: Police Violence as Public Health Data

  • Loyola University Regents Hall Lewis Towers, 111 E. Pearson, 16th floor (map)

The United States has the highest rate of police-involved shootings and killings in the world, yet tracking both injuries and deaths from these interactions requires new surveillance and data collection systems.  

This issue is particularly relevant as policing that disproportionately impacts communities of color and people living in poverty has spawned growing social movements and advocacy.  Related to public health, Healthy Chicago 2.0, the public health improvement plan for Chicago, identifies the reduction of mass incarceration and inequitable police attention in communities of color as a public health goal and priority for the city.

Structural racism, class inequity, and gender inequities evident in policing, arrests, violence from police, and in prosecution and incarceration all hinder health equity. Join us to explore how public health can utilize its expertise in counting police-involved injuries and deaths to aid in targeting prevention efforts and policy change to advance health equity.

The following questions will be discussed at the event:

  • How many police-involved injuries and deaths are there in the U.S. and in Chicago?
  • How could data collection related to injuries and deaths from legal intervention fit into existing data collection systems?
  • How might we develop a system to accurately measure and guide prevention of these deaths and injuries?


Invited Speakers

  • Keynote: Alfreda Holloway-Beth, PhD, MS Assistant Professor, Chicago State University
  • Mildred Williamson, PhD, MSW, Director of Research & Regulatory Affairs, Cook County Health & Hospital System
  • Frank Chapman, Field Organizer for the Chicago Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression (CAARPR), Lead strategist for the efforts to obtain a City of Chicago Ordinance for a Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC)

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Additional event details:

  • We do not want cost to be a barrier for any participants. Fee waivers are available upon request; simply email info@hmprg.org or call (312) 372-4292
  • Contact Health & Medicine at 312-372-4292 or info@hmprg.org with any requests for sign language interpretation, accessibility concerns, and any other questions regarding this forum.