247184 What do urban gardens, reduced alcohol and tobacco signage, and a community bus system have to do with preventing violence?

Monday, October 31, 2011: 11:10 AM

Dalila Butler, MPH , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
Larry Cohen, MSW , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
Rachel Davis, MSW , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
Virginia Lee, MPH, CHES , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
Erica Valdovinos, BA , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
The growing recognition of the impact of violence on health outcomes, like chronic disease, presents an opportunity to bring attention to efforts in preventing violence. Healthy food and activity practitioners are increasingly noting that violence undermines the effectiveness of their efforts to prevent chronic disease. It negatively affects where people live and shop and whether children are allowed to play outside or walk to school. Violence also alters the community environment by reducing social connectedness and disincentivizing community investments such as healthy food retail. 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 interviews and strategy sessions with community leaders and prevention experts. Furthermore, a pilot program, started in January 2010, brought together advocates and practitioners from multiple fields to implement policy and environmental approaches to address the intersection of issues. This presentation will delineate the links between violence and healthy eating and active living and share the outcomes of the pilots, highlighting how prevention efforts are helping to increase community connectedness and resident engagement and prevent violence, fostering peace and health in their neighborhoods. The presenter will discuss how efforts like the revitalization of a local park to provide safe spaces for youth and seniors and an urban garden apprenticeship and training program for youth in the juvenile justice system are increasing safety and improving the health of communities. The presentation will also discuss potential roles for violence prevention advocates in this cross-cutting work.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1. Explain the relationship between violence and chronic disease. 2. Discuss examples of strategies to prevent violence and promote healthy eating and physical activity. 3. Explore potential roles and opportunities for partners in multi-field collaboration to work to achieve safer, healthier communities.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Dalila Butler, MPH, supports projects related to community health and health equity, healthy eating and active living, and preventing injury and violence. She provides training, technical assistance, and consultation to government agencies, community collaboratives, healthcare organizations, and foundations on advancing prevention approaches to achieve equitable health and safety outcomes.
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.