Online Program

Advances in preventing violence in communities across the world: More than ever, we know what to do

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Larry Cohen, MSW, Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
The tragedy in Newtown, Conn., underscored the fact that too many people in the U.S. die from gun violence. While massacres are high-profile events, a vast majority of homicides and gun-related injuries take place in U.S. cities where low-income communities and communities of color are disproportionately affected. Victims of mass killings are a small fraction of the 16,000 people killed each year in America, and for every homicide there are more than 100 visits to the emergency room for assault-related injuries. Violence is preventable public health problem; a strong and growing evidence base describes how to prevent shootings and killings and to sustain that progress over time. A concerted effort to prevent violence in American cities will dramatically cut the number of homicides nation-wide, and cities need resources and expertise to make this a reality. Initiatives to prevent violence are more effective and sustainable when 1) they are grounded in comprehensive strategies, and 2) multiple sectors coordinate their efforts. To create safe, healthy communities, various sectors must join with residents and local leaders to implement comprehensive strategies, i.e., those that respond to local needs and concerns, and build on best practices and existing strengths. This presentation will describe the progress of cities working to prevent violence, and share lessons learned from a national initiative called UNITY, Urban Networks to Increase Thriving Youth. Cities need support to develop comprehensive strategies, coordinate efforts, and implement what works. Supporting city efforts to prevent violence can promote safety throughout the U.S. and beyond.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Describe at least two key characteristics of effective, sustainable efforts to prevent violence in U.S. cities. Explain how supporting large U.S. cities in preventing violence can promote safety across America. Discuss the relevance and appeal of using a public health approach for developing global solutions to violence and for promoting safety internationally.

Keyword(s): International, Violence Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am executive director a national non-profit organization that improves community conditions as a means to prevent illness, injury and violence before they occur. I helped define violence as a preventable public health issue, and I lead initiatives that promote safety, healthy eating, active living, mental health and health equity. Prevention Institute is a member of the World Health Organization's Violence Prevention Alliance, and I am a regular presenter at the biennial World Safety Conference.
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.