254053 Child Abuse and Public Health: Good News, Bad News

Monday, October 31, 2011: 8:30 AM

Ying Ying Yuan, PhD , Director National Programs, WR McDonald Associates, Rockville, MD
The "Public Health Methodology" with study of populations, use of rates, case tracking and surveillance provide useful tools for child abuse prevention and intervention. Examples of public health contributions include: 1) a study of infants and the NCANDS, National Data on Child Abuse and Neglect Data System, 2) Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Investigation with the National Associaion of Medical Examiners, 3) support for home visitor programs, and 4) work with the American Academy of Pediatrics on definitions. Other possible actions to be discussed include the 1) use of birth data to find incestuous pregnancy, 2) use of STD and HIV data to locate infections from sexual abuse and 3) matching infant homicide data across professions and jurisdictions. Problems to note include a resistance to reporting child abuse and separations of public health data system from intervention that may include sanctions. Public health action may only address prevention and avoid any role with intervention. Public Health Nursing will be noted as one group in public health that is involved with intervention. t will be presented as a legitimate topic for public health.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
List expamples of public health contributions for child abuse prevention and intervention.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I direct a major program addressing child abuse data nationally.
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.