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Mental Health Issues and Gun Violence in the Workplace
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When: Thursday, October 17, 2019
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where: The Conference Center at Bentley University
175 Forest Street
LaCava Campus Center #300
Waltham, Massachusetts  02452
United States
Presenter: Dr. Megan Ranney and Jonathan Miller
Contact: Karen Murphy

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Schedule Snapshot:

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast and Networking

7:45 AM - 8:15 AM New Member Orientation
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM Program 
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Break
11:00 AM Program Concludes

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM - Complimentary post session, "15 Fun and Functional LinkedIn Tips to Elevate Your Search (and Impress Your Network)"


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Mental Health Issues and Gun Violence in the Workplace

Gun violence is an American epidemic. Although it is commonly seen as a political issue, it is much more than that. It has a ripple effect that affects every workplace and community across the United States. But it doesn’t have to be this way. As human resource leaders, regardless of our company’s involvement in politics, we can make a difference. It is essential for us to not just understand the patterns of injury that are unique to the United States, but also understand the ways that we can reduce its impact and help our employees to stay safe.

In this program, Dr. Ranney and Mr. Miller will provide an interactive discussion of key issues related to firearm injury and the workplace. Over the course of two hours, they will provide a combination of mini-lectures and interactive sessions describing:

• Patterns of gun violence in the United States

How and when gun violence is most likely to impact the workplace

What human resources professionals can do to prevent and mitigate the impact of gun violence in the workplace, including what might identify an employee as being at-risk, what  resources are available, how to mitigate risk, and how to help support employees with personal exposure to firearm injury

Other activities that human resource professionals can take to support their employees, including non-political national efforts that we may consider supporting


Megan L. Ranney, MD, MPH, FACEP, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine; Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy & Practice; Chief Research Officer of the American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine, Brown University

Dr. Ranney is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital/Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Director and Founder of the Brown Emergency Digital Health Innovation program (; and Director of Special Projects in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Ranney’s career focus is on developing, testing, and disseminating digital health interventions to prevent violence and mental illness. She is currently Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on 6 federally funded grants and has over 95 peer-reviewed publications. She holds numerous national positions, including serving as an elected member of the Board of Directors of Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, as Chief Research Officer for AFFIRM, Chair of her Governor’s Task Force for Gun Safety, and as an editor for Annals of Emergency Medicine. She also leads courses for undergraduates and medical students at Brown University. She has received numerous awards for technology innovation, public health, and research. She is active on Twitter @meganranney.

"The Dangers of Linking Gun Violence with Mental Illness", co-authored by Dr. Ranney and Dr. Jessica Gold, was published in Time magazine on August 7, 2019.


Jonathan Miller, Chief, Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau Organization, Massachusetts Attorney General's Office

Jonathan Miller is Chief of the Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau in the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General. In that role, he oversees litigation and other advocacy in the areas of civil rights, consumer protection, insurance and financial services, and fair labor.  Since joining the office in 2008, he also has served as both an Assistant Attorney General in and Chief of the Civil Rights Division. He was co-counsel with Attorney General Healey in Massachusetts's challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, and helped lead a team that secured more than $100 million of consumer relief in an enforcement action against Option One Mortgage Corporation, a subprime lender, following the financial crisis of last decade.




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