Dr. Chao Attends White Coats at the White House

June 10, 2024

Dr. Stephanie Chao attended the White Coats at the White House event on Friday, June 7. June 7th was also National Gun Violence Prevention Day.

“They asked me to speak about how the White House and policymakers can better support the heath care system, front line workers, and the public health address gun violence,” said Chao. “I spoke about the work my lab is doing and broadly about what I think we as a country need to do together.”

Chao’s lab works to reduce gun violence through community-supported K-12 education. She recently launched the PLEDGE campaign.

P - Prevent gun injury through education and awareness.

L - Learn about responsible gun safety practices.

E - Educate others to promote a culture of safety.

D - Deter gun-related injury by fostering responsible behavior.

G - Guard against unauthorized access to firearms through secure storage.

E - Empower students to create safer communities.

Chao is an associate professor in the Division of Pediatric Surgery and the Department of Surgery’s Associate Vice Chair of Professional Development.

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