MEDIA ADVISORY — Members of the media are invited to speak with North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kody H. Kinsley and other state and hospital leaders Wednesday about measures to reduce firearm violence.
The media availability follows a roundtable discussion and tour of Novant Health Wilmington’s violence intervention program.
According to an NCDHHS report, five North Carolinians per day died from a firearm-related death in 2020. To address the issue, Governor Roy Cooper signed an Executive Order establishing the North Carolina Department of Public Safety Office of Violence Prevention.
The Governor’s Crime Commission recently announced $750,000 in funding for hospital-based violence prevention and intervention programs in North Carolina.
What: State and Local Leaders Discuss Measures to Reduce Firearm Violence
Who: Kody H. Kinsley, Secretary, NCDHHS
Dr. Elizabeth Cuervo Tilson, State Health Director and NCDHHS Chief Medical Officer
Caroline Farmer, Executive Director of the Governor’s Crime Commission, NCDPS
Caroline Valand, Deputy Secretary for Partnership Engagement, NCDPS
Gerard Tate, Executive Director, Office Violence Prevention, NCDPS
Jeff Lindsay, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Novant Health
When: Wednesday, Nov. 1
Where: Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center
2131 S. 17th St.
Wilmington, NC 28401
Media: Credential media are invited to participate in an in-person only media availability following a roundtable event that is closed to press. Secretary Kinsley, Dr. Tilson, Caroline Farmer, Caroline Valand, Gerard Tate and Jeff Lindsay will be available to take questions. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.