Gary Slutkin

  • Executive Director, Cease Fire

Dr. Gary Slutkin sees gun violence as a behavioral response, like smoking or drinking. As executive director of Ceasefire Chicago, he leads a community of outreach workers dedicated to changing the behaviors, expectations, and realities of gun... More

Dr. Gary Slutkin sees gun violence as a behavioral response, like smoking or drinking. As executive director of Ceasefire Chicago, he leads a community of outreach workers dedicated to changing the behaviors, expectations, and realities of gun violence in Chicago neighborhoods—and they’re getting results, including reducing shootings by up to 67 percent. Gary is trained in infectious disease control and reversing epidemics and has worked to curb disease outbreaks in San Francisco (tuberculosis), Somalia (cholera), Uganda (AIDS), Thailand (AIDS) and more than twenty other countries. He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. On top of his responsibilities for Ceasefire, he is a professor of epidemiology and international health at the University of Illinois, Chicago, School of Public Health. “Our job is to change what’s normal,” Gary says. “You use multiple messengers with the same message … all saying the same thing: No shooting. We don’t shoot here anymore, it’s not acceptable. Shooting makes things worse.”

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Gary Slutkin's Presentations

PopTech 2010 October 2010

PopTech 2008 October 2008

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