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Gun Violence in Philadelphia


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Meet the BTG panelists: 

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Scott P. Charles, MAPP

Scott Charles is the Trauma Outreach Manager for Temple University Hospital and is Director of TUH's Cradle to Grave Program, an award-­winning hospital-­based violence prevention initiative that educates public school students and adjudicated youth about the medical realities of firearm injury. He also coordinates the hospital’s Trauma Victims Support Advocates program which connects violently-injured patients to crime victim services throughout Philadelphia. Scott also directs the hospital’s Fighting Chance program, which teaches community members to provide first aid to victims of gunshot injury, as well as the Safe Bet program, which has distributed more than 8,000 free gun locks to city residents. His work with trauma surgeon Dr. Amy Goldberg has been showcased on CNN, CBS News, ABC World News, MSNBC, Huffington Post, and NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Their work has also been featured in the New York Times and in the HBO documentary Gun Fight. Scott holds degrees in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.


Amy J. Goldberg MD, FACS

A nationally celebrated clinician scholar, educator, and violence-prevention innovator, Amy J. Goldberg, MD, FACS, has devoted more than 30 years to medical education, clinical practice, and community service at Temple and beyond.

Dr. Goldberg came to Temple as a general surgery resident in 1987, joined the faculty in 1993, and has held a succession of leadership positions over the years, including Chief of the Trauma and Surgical Critical Care Division; Director of the General Surgery Residency Program; and the George S. Peters MD and Louise C. Peters Chair and Professor of Surgery. She served as Interim Dean of the Lewis Katz School of Medicine for 18 months prior to being named dean in September 2022 following a national search. She also serves on multiple Temple University Health System boards.

A master trauma surgeon, Dr. Goldberg spent 13 years leading Temple’s trauma program, coming face-to-face with Philadelphia’s gun-violence epidemic. Adamant to stem the tide, she created Cradle to Grave, Fighting Chance, and other community- and patient-engaged violence-prevention programs that have garnered the attention of media outlets such as National Public Radio, ABC World News, CNN, The New York Times, and the Washington Post. She understands the catastrophic damage that a single bullet can inflict on an entire community, as detailed in the Huffington Post.

A fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Goldberg has been named among the Best Doctors in America -- and is likewise acclaimed for teaching.

A Director of the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Goldberg provides leadership at the national level. She lectures and teaches at universities, academic medical centers and major professional association conferences.

She’s a bit like Temple itself: tough, effective, and caring.


Dorothy Johnson-Speight, EdD, MHS, LPC

Founder and National Executive Director of Mothers In Charge, Inc.

Dr. Dorothy Johnson Speight was born to be the mother of Khaaliq Jabbar Johnson but at the young age of 24 his life was taken not by illness or accident, but by an act of violence over a parking space dispute.  Grief-stricken and devastated by this senseless act, Dorothy channeled those emotions into the start of Mothers In Charge, a grass-root organization dedicated to violence prevention, intervention and education.  Connecting with a small group of mothers dealing with similar circumstances, Dorothy envisioned an organization that would provide support to grieving families as well as awareness, and violence prevention to the public in an effort to prevent others from experiencing the pain of losing a loved one to violence.

While addressing issues of violence prevention with many support programs, Mothers In Charge also offers programming for youths, men, and women returning home from incarceration. This year brought back "Women Working For A Change", (WW4C) an evidenced based program for women recently released from Riverside Correction Facility. (RCF).  Mothers In Charge's mission is to help improve the quality of life for many individuals, families, and work for safer communities in the City of Philadelphia.

Dr. Dorothy was awarded the Inaugural Honorable Frederica Massiah-Jackson Community Justice Engagement Award for which honors the work of individuals or organizations that have succeeded in promoting justice for individuals and communities before, during or after their entry into the criminal justice system.

Recently, Governor-Elect Josh Shapiro & Lieutenant Governor-Elect Austin Davis Announce Diverse, Experienced Transition Advisory Committees. The Advisory Committees are made-up of policy and professional experts, community advocates, and business, industry, and labor leaders across the Commonwealth. Dr. Dorothy Johnson-Speight is honored to serve on his Public Safety Committee.

Jan 31, 5:30 PM
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