Just Us Dialogues: Harnessing the Transformational Power of Discourse to Prevent Violence

Vanya Jones, Audrey Johnson, Jacqueline Bryan, Marissa McKeever, Elizabeth Hafey, Alicia Wilson

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Anchor Institutions (AIs) provide tremendous value and benefit to the communities where they reside through initiatives, partnerships, and investments. As an academic medical center, Johns Hopkins devised to anchor its community by addressing the epidemic of violence and racial injustice through a series of webinars and a symposium entitled the "Just Us Dialogues."An analysis of all comments and policy recommendations made by panelists and attendees was performed and a series of recommendations emerged regarding how an AI should approach addressing community violence and inequities to promote community wellness. The series consisted of 4 panels: "The 4th Amendment: Use, Misuse, and Case for Police Reform"; "Protecting Our Youth: Confronting Society's Role in the Harmonious Development of Adolescents"; "Immigration Matters: Building Humanity Within a Fractured Immigration Landscape"; and "Decriminalizing Mental Illness: Empathetic Approaches to Mental Health Supports."These 4 panels, symposium discussions, and the keynote address yielded 18 recommendations. The recommendations from the panels and the symposium underscore the power and leverage that AIs possess to identify and implement approaches to address community violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S57-S61
JournalHealth Security
Issue numberS1
StatePublished - Jun 1 2021


  • Anchor institutions
  • Citizen Engagement
  • Economic Issues

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Safety Research
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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