The Other Epidemic: The Trauma of Gun Violence

The Other Epidemic:  The Trauma of Gun Violence
Wednesday June 9, 7 to 8 PM 

Hear from those impacted by and working to address the trauma associated with gun violence in our region. 
Speakers include:

Michaela Sanders: Michaela is 21 years old and currently works at Express Scripts as a Customer Service Representative.  She attended Fontbonne College from 2018 to 2020 and hopes to be able to complete an associates degree at St. Louis Community College.  Michaela is one of 6 siblings and is the middle child on both her mother’s and father’s side. Michaela describes her family as her backbone and support despite many stressors, including incarceration and multiple murders of close family members.  In 2014 Michaela lost her sister Chelsea Harris to gun violence as she was heading to work after school.  Chelsea was an innocent victim, catching a bullet meant for her friend.Michaela has been involved in Girl Scouts Behind Bars and has experience with public speaking, presenting her story of family disruption, violence, survival and love.  Life has been hard for Michaela, yet she manages to face each day with a smile that can light up a room

Dr. LJ Punch (he/they): Dr. Punch loves to heal. Educated in medicine at the University of Connecticut and trained in surgery at the University of Maryland and R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, this desire to heal has brought to life a career with a three-fold focus: education, violence, and equity. Through community engagement in St. Louis, Dr. Punch carries this mission forward each day, bridging the gap between the resources inside health care and the voices of the people. This includes a campaign to bring the national “Stop the Bleed” campaign to members of the St. Louis community at risk for violence and serious injury. This also includes the creation of “The T”, a community “Trauma Center” which focuses on harm reduction as a mechanism for primary prevention. Looking to advance the knowledge and bravery of learners of all levels in the management of violence and injury, both in and out of the hospital, Dr. Punch works diligently to serve medical professionals, patients, families, and communities in their shared journey toward healing.

and Rabbi Susan Talve (read her full bio here.)


Wed Jun 09 2021


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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