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Sandy Hook Promise Co-founder Mark Barden to Speak on "Knowing the Signs"


Media Contacts: Lisa Black,, 630-626-6084
                          Laura Alessio,, 630-626-6276

For Release: Oct. 22, 2018


Sandy Hook Promise co-founder Mark Barden to speak on "Knowing the Signs" to prevent gun violence at 2018 AAP National Conference & Exhibition

The American Academy of Pediatrics hosts a father who took action after the shooting death of his son and 19 other first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Determined to find sensible solutions to America's gun violence epidemic after his son's tragic death, Mark Barden co-founded Sandy Hook Promise, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to prevent gun violence though preventive programs and measures.

At this year's American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition, Barden will speak with healthcare professionals about Sandy Hook Promise's proven Know the Signs programs, as well as the organization's mission and impact. He is scheduled to speak from 10:30 AM – 10:50 AM on Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the Valencia Ballroom at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

"I believe that thoughtful and sincere dialogue will help Americans find common ground on gun violence prevention. Parents on both sides want to ensure the safety of their children and Sandy Hook Promise offers a solution that will train youth and adults how to identify, assess, intervene, and get help for at-risk individuals before violence occurs, said Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. 

"Gun violence is preventable when one knows the signs and we have seen school shooting plots and other acts of violence be averted though our programs," he said.

To date, Sandy Hook Promise has trained over 3.5 million youth and adults in at least one of its four programs in all 50 states. Through Barden's leadership, SHP was instrumental in working with elected officials on both sides of the aisle to pass the STOP School Violence Act earlier this year. Through the grants provided thorough the STOP School Violence Act, the organization announced its partnership with school districts in 15 states that will roll out SHP's Know the Signs programs, including Florida.

Barden will be available for interviews with media following the event.

About 11,000 healthcare professionals are expected to attend the AAP national conference in Orlando Nov. 2-6. educational sessions, presentations and special exhibits focused on evolving medical evidence and concerns in pediatric medicine.


For information about covering the conference, including how to register, media guidelines, press room arrangements and meeting highlights, visit the AAP News Room or contact AAP Public Affairs at or 630-626-6177. The on-site Press Office will be located at the Orange County Convention Center, Room W. Embargoed news releases and abstracts are available by request.


The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit