Gun violence prevention and HAVhope

June 9, 2017, National Day of Awareness, #HAVhope

The 2017 Bluford Institute for Healthcare Leadership Scholars join hands in support of the American Hospital Association's #HAVhope Friday at the Stowers Institute in Kansas City, Missouri. Pictured with them are (left to right) the Rev. Dr. Marc Smith, Bishop’s Deputy for Gun Violence Prevention in the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, the Hon. Vi Lyles, Mayor Pro Tem of Charlotte, North Carolina, the Hon. Sly James, Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri and John Bluford, retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Truman Medical Center, Past Chairman of the Missouri and American Hospital Associations and Founder of the Leadership Institute.


The Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion in St. Louis, Missouri, hosted an April 17, 2017 meeting to organize parishes throughout the Diocese of Missouri in support of its partnership with the American Hospital Association's (AHA) anti-violence campaign, #HAVhope, and the local "Lock It for Love" initiative to distribute gun locks free-of-charge throughout the community.