African American Mayors Association: Monthly Call Series
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African American Mayors Association
Monthly Call Series
Gun violence is a public health issue in the United States, with more than 40,000 gun-related deaths in 2018. Elected officials and healthcare providers alike have equal stake in finding tangible solutions. The adverse impact to victims, families, communities alike are driving elected officials and healthcare providers to work together on tangible solutions to address this growing issue.
Hear from Dr. John Porter, M.D., Head of the Division of Trauma Surgery at Cooper University Health Care, as he shares key insights on how partnership between the City of Camden and Cooper University Healthcare has led to reduced gun crime and better patient outcomes.
Dr. John Porter, M.D. Head of the Division of Trauma Surgery at Cooper University Health Care
Dr. John Porter is a board-certified trauma surgeon with more than 26 years of experience in trauma. His clinical specialties are trauma surgery, laparoscopic surgery, and surgical critical care. He serves as the Head of the Division of Trauma Surgery and as the Director of the Center for Trauma Services at Cooper University Health Care in Camden, NJ. Cooper University Health Care is the leading academic health system in South Jersey. Cooper includes South Jersey’s only Level I trauma center (Cooper University Hospital). Dr. Porter is also a professor of surgery at the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.
As a thought leader Dr. Porter has worked in the military as well as some of the busiest trauma centers in the country. He has spent the last 5 years in Camden working with police to build trust, improve safety – partnering to reduce gun violence. Dr. Porter received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He also completed his fellowship training in trauma/critical care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Honors earned include the National Merit Achievement Award in 1977 and the National Medical Association Distinguished Lecturer Award in 1999.
Natia Seegars Director of Demand Generation and Community Engagement at ShotSpotter
Natia Seegars is the Director, Demand Generation and Community Engagement at ShotSpotter. Mrs. Seegars has built a career creating experiences to grow businesses, enhance customer and community engagement, and elevate global brands. Over the past 15 years, Mrs. Seegars has produced revenue-driving marketing programs for a variety of organizations, spanning global corporations, fast-growing start-ups, and non-profits. After spending several years in Silicon Valley tech, she decided to redirect her efforts to support organizations that impact communities, which brought her to her role at ShotSpotter.
Passionate about living life on purpose, Mrs. Seegars’ goal is to use her gifts and skills to positively impact the lives of others. Over the years, Mrs. Seegars has maintained a commitment community service, supporting non-profit organizations like the Lupus Foundation and Second Harvest Food Bank, which are dear to her heart. For more than 8 years, Mrs. Seegars mentored young adults and women to help them discover their purpose as Assistant Director of One Way Youth.
Currently, Natia Seegars serves as a Board Member of Pay It Forward, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to helping disadvantaged individuals who need resources, exposure, and emotional support to become positive contributors to society. Mrs. Seegars is a graduate of Bennett College in Greensboro, NC, a devoted wife and mom, as well as a community advocate.
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