242240 Addressing the intersection: How preventing violence can prevent chronic disease

Monday, October 31, 2011

Virginia Lee, MPH, CHES , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
Dalila Butler, MPH , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
Rachel Davis, MSW , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
Erica Valdovinos, BA , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
Larry Cohen, MSW , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
Place and community conditions significantly affect health. People lead healthier lives in communities with walkable and bikeable streets, safe parks and playgrounds, grocery stores selling healthy foods and beverages, and neighbors who know one another. Healthy food and physical activity practitioners and advocates increasingly note that violence undermines the effectiveness of their efforts to prevent chronic disease. Further, high rates of community violence disproportionately impact vulnerable populations, contributing heavily to inequities in health. To understand the relationship between violence and healthy eating and activity, as well as community-based solutions to address these complex issues, Prevention Institute conducted qualitative research consisting of interviews and strategic sessions with community leaders and prevention experts. Additionally, the Institute coordinates six pilot projects, supported by the Convergence Partnership, to reduce violence and promote healthy eating and activity at the neighborhood level through innovative policy and environmental change strategies. Launched in January 2010, the project brings together non-traditional partners, including youth, community and grassroots organizations representing the fields of violence prevention, healthy eating, and/or physical activity, and local public health departments. Participants who attend this session will gain a better understanding about the links between violence and healthy eating and active living. Additionally, they will learn about the community pilot initiative, including successes and lessons learned from multi-field collaboration and environmental changes undertaken to address violence and chronic disease.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss a cross-cutting approach to catalyze multi-field, environmental and policy change efforts with a focus on equity. 2. Describe community-based strategies to prevent violence and improve access to healthy eating and active living at the local level. 3. Identify potential roles and opportunities for violence prevention, healthy eating, and activity advocates and practitioners to work together in partnership.

Keywords: Community-Based Public Health, Health Disparities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Dalila Butler is qualified to present because she works in the areas of healthy eating and active living, health reform, and health equity and supports projects focused on the intersections of violence and chronic disease. She works with public health departments, community organizations, and foundations to provide training, technical assistance, and consultation for developing strategies to promote healthier and more equitable communities.
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.