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Hartford Faces Two Health Crises: Pandemic And Gun Violence

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Connecticut’s capital city is experiencing another public health crisis amidst the pandemic -- an epidemic of gun violence.

There have been more than 50 shootings in Hartford since September.

This hour, we talk about what’s behind this disturbing rise in violence, and how to address it. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin joins us and we hear from anti-violence advocates.

How should we make sense of a rise in shootings through a public health lens? We hear from an expert who used to lead the CDC’s national injury prevention center.


  • Luke Bronin - Mayor of Hartford
  • Deborah Davis - Programming Coordinator for Mothers United Against Violence. She’s worked with the organization for the past 10 years after she lost her son Philip to gun violence in 2010
  • Jackie Santiago – CEO of COMPASS Youth Collaborative in Hartford
  • Linda Degutis - Lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health and Adjunct Professor at Emory University’s Rawlins School of Public Health. She is the former Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the CDC

Cat Pastor contributed to this program.