233981 Injury and Violence Prevention as the Catalyst for a New Vision for Public Health

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 2:55 PM - 3:20 PM

David Hemenway, PhD , Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
Public health has made our lives saferóbut it often works behind the scenes, without our knowledge, that is, "while we are sleeping." Dr. Hemenway chose this as the title of his book on injury and violence prevention successes, published in 2009. In this session, Dr. Hemenway will describe the journey of injury and violence prevention practitioners to illuminate the wide range of tools from multiple disciplines that results in effective and sustainable injury prevention and risk reduction efforts. This session will illustrate through example, some of the challenges that injury prevention policy has faced in the United States over the last several decades, successes and failures, lessons learned, and new multidisciplinary and multisectoral approaches to injury prevention policy for sustainable change.

Learning Areas:
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the success stories in the injury and violence prevention field to show new multidisciplinary and multisectoral approaches to public health policy for sustainable change.

Keywords: Injury Prevention, Injury Control

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Dr Hemenway is Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and the Youth Violence Prevention Center. Dr. Hemenway teaches classes on injury and on economics and has won ten teaching awards at Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Hemenway has written widely on injury prevention, including articles on firearms, violence, suicide, child abuse, motor vehicle crashes, fires, falls and fractures. He headed the pilot for the National Violent Death Reporting System, which provides detailed and comparable information on suicide and homicide.
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.