231635 Informatics as the Nexus between Public Health and Juvenile Justice

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Paul Juarez, PhD , Department of Family & Community Medicine, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN
While youth violence increasingly has become recognized as both a public health and juvenile justice problem in recent years, the social-ecological model and tools of public health have not yet been fully integrated with the juvenile justice system. Establishment of a public health informatics system that integrates data on the individual, event and the natural, built and social environments, at a small area level, can provide us with opportunities both to increase our understanding of the social-ecological context of youth violence and provide communities with data that they can use to identify modifiable community attributes and target local interventions to reduce youth violence. Collectively, integrating an Epidemiological Criminology perspective into such a framework can further begin to address the social justice of informatics, health, and judicial disparities that are normally considered as separate and distinct throughout the literature within a social determinants context.

Learning Areas:
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to identify the key dimensions of the “Haddon Matrix” and its relevance for youth violence prevention; 2. Participants will be able to define five social determinants of youth violence; 3. Participants will be able to identify five existing data bases that can be integrated to provide a more comprehensive understanding of youth violence.

Keywords: Information Technology, Criminal Justice

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: The author has written on topics of a very similar nature and has published in this area.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.