273390 Prevention works: A public health approach to preventing violence that affects youth

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 2:48 PM - 3:06 PM

Howard Pinderhughes, PhD , UCSF Institute for Health and Aging, San Francisco, CA
The Urban Networks to Increase Thriving Youth (UNITY) is a national initiative that builds support for effective, scalable, sustainable efforts to prevent violence before it occurs. Violence is a leading cause of injury, disability, and premature death. It can be significantly reduced through a public health approach, which engages communities to create new opportunities for participation, fosters leadership and economic opportunity, and dismantles barriers to peaceful streets and connected neighbors. This session will discuss the national UNITY initiative and explore the effectiveness of a public health approach to preventing violence.

Learning Objectives:
Explain why violence is a public health issue. Identify at least two examples of public health’s success in helping to prevent violence.

Keywords: Violence Prevention, Urban Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the author of Race in the Hood: Conflict and Violence Among Urban Youth which examined the dynamics of racial violence in New York City. I also authored a forthcoming book, Dealing With Danger: How Inner City Youth Cope with the Violence that Surrounds Them that examines the production of youth violence and how urban adolescents think about, experience and make decisions about the use of violence.
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.