142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Applying Lessons Learned from the STRYVE Initiative to Expand the Role of Public Health Departments in Preventing Youth Violence

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014

Allison Dymnicki, PhD , Education, American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC
Mary Thorngren, Certified Health Education Specialist , Health and Social Development, American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC

The American Institutes of Research (AIR), in partnership with the Centers for the Disease Control, National Center of Injury Prevention and Control [CDC, NCIPC) is engaged in a second initiative focused around increasing the role and visibility of public health departments in preventing youth violence with 12 communities across the country. 


This five-year initiative attempts to take lessons learned from the STRYVE initiative to support twelve communities in engaging in and expanding their efforts to prevent youth violence.  Four communities who have been engaged in this type of work before and eight communities that are engaging in this work for the first time will be recruited for this initiative.


Activities that have been achieved during the planning year of this initiative will be described. These include: developing an environmental scan of public health department and collecting data to inform what supports will be offered to participating sites, creating a recruitment approach to recruit two types of communities, and identifying the key supports that will be offered during this initiative that aim to decrease community rates of violent incidents (e.g., homicides).


Key findings from the environmental scan of the needs of public health departments, a rationale for the recruitment process, and a description of the supports that might help public health departments to engage in this type of work will be shared in an effort to increase the knowledge related to injury prevention and the role that public health departments can play in these efforts.

Learning Areas:

Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe the development and purpose of the public health department environmental scan. Explain the types of supports that will be offered during the five year initiative to increase the capacity of local public health departments to address youth violence. Articulate the approach for recruiting public health departments in the second phase of work. Identify strategies to inform the efforts of audience member's own public health departments.

Keyword(s): Violence & Injury Prevention, Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the project director of multiple state and federally funded grants focusing on the implementation of evidence based programs at the district or community level, and specifically trying to reduce engagement in risky behaviors and youth 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.