A Message from Dr. Sunil Joshi, DCMS Foundation President:
Nearly one week after the tragedy in Parkland, many of us remain devastated in its aftermath. It is quite impossible to imagine what the families and loved ones are going through at this time. In the last week, there has been even more discussion about gun violence in our communities. Most of the discussion has been on political lines and quite bitter, as well. There must be common ground and there is no reason that we need to wait for elected officials in Washington to help improve the conditions in our hometown and neighborhoods. Since 2016, our community has lost 17 children in Northeast Florida due to gun violence. This is unacceptable and has become a public health concern.
We must start a discussion that will lead to local public policy that eventually pumps the brakes on this horrible epidemic. The DCMS Foundation’s Future of Healthcare Conference will focus on gun violence as a public health issue! We have local and national speakers to help us address the issue and offer potential common-sense solutions. If you love this community and its children, you will want to be a part of our second annual FOHC at the Prime Osborn Convention Center on May 21 and 22, 2018.