Online Program

UNITY: Lessons learned from a national public health initiative to prevent violence

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Larry Cohen, MSW, Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA

A growing evidence base confirms that violence is preventable. 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. Funded by CDC, UNITY works with cities and public health departments around the country to plan, implement, and evaluate comprehensive prevention plans. To support effective implementation and sustainability, UNITY developed the UNITY RoadMap, which delineates the 9 essential elements that need to be in place to prevent violence. This session will discuss the UNITY initiative and tools, highlight lessons learned and discuss the roles and contributions of health departments and multiple other sectors in preventing violence affecting youth.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Describe violence as a preventable public health problem Delineate the elements of effective, sustainable efforts to prevent violence against young people in urban settings Explain the roles and contributions of multiple sectors in address addressing risk and protective factors and preventing violence Identify at least two examples of public health’s success in helping to prevent violence.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I'm the founder and Executive Director of Prevention Institute, a national nonprofit that has helped to shape the way that the country thinks about health and safety: taking action to prevent illness and injury before they occur. Larry has advanced injury and violence prevention as critical elements of public health. Larry leads UNITY (Urban Networks to Increase Thriving Youth), a national initiative funded by the CDC to strengthen and support cities to effectively prevent 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.