Summit 2023

The Fourth Annual Community Advocacy & Violence Prevention Summit

Featured Address: Kris Brown
President of Brady, gun violence prevention advocate, and policy advisor

Wednesday, April 5, 2023
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Health Sciences Campus, CTRE Auditorium
or via Webinar

Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Campus
Center for Translational Research and Education (CTRE), Auditorium
2160 S. First Ave, Maywood, IL 60153
Free and open to the public!

A gathering of the Loyola, Proviso, and Chicagoland communities to discuss advocacy and strategies to address violence in our communities. This year’s summit brings together an interdisciplinary group of gun violence prevention advocates from the local community and throughout Loyola University Chicago. Attendees will learn practical approaches to effect change in their communities.


8:30 a.m. Registration

9:00 a.m. Featured Address: Kris Brown, President of Brady

10:00 a.m. Local Advocacy Against Gun Violence & Panel Discussion

  • Halleh Akbarnia, MD, Advocate Health Care
  • Alicia Schemel, Everytown Survivor Network & Moms Demand Action
  • Tom Vanden Berk, Founder of G-PAC
  • Kitty Brandtner, Co-Founder of March Fourth
  • Brian Dye & Jarvis Buchanan, Legacy Disciples/Hood Heroes

11:00 a.m. The Loyola Community as Violence Prevention Advocates

  • Amanda Oliver, BSN, RN, CCRN
  • Michelle Kavoosi, JD, MPH
  • Dave Olson, Ph. D, MA, MS
  • Purvi Patel, MD, FACS, Associate Professor
  • Scott Grandt, LUMC Public Safety
  • Timothy Cunningham, LUC Police

11:50 a.m. Call to Action: A Message from Congresswoman Lucy McBath

12:00 p.m. Gun Safety and Violence Prevention Advocacy Workshop: Kris Brown & Delphine Cherry, Brady

12:30 p.m. Grab and Go Lunch

Additional specialized content will be available on

Credit and Attendance: This event is eligible for 2 EGR Credits, CCGH Supported Lecture, BCCI® CE chaplaincy credit, and 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™*

Sponsored by: Loyola Stands Against Gun Violence, Loyola University Medical Center, Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health, Health Sciences Campus Ministry, and the Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM)*

Questions: contact or Idiake Irumundomon at