142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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National Landscape: Advancing Public Health Approaches to Preventing Violence

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 2:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Rachel Davis, MSW , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
A 2006 national assessment of violence prevention in large US cities revealed, among other findings, that violence was viewed as a serious issue for cities,  cities largely weren't implementing primary prevention strategies, and public health was not seen as part of the solution, nor did it see itself as part of the solution. [i]The landscape has changed dramatically. Emerging trends across the country include, for example, the development of comprehensive plans; an emphasis on balanced approaches that include prevention and intervention in addition to enforcement and reentry; place-based strategies; and increasing recognition of public health's role and contributions by city leaders and elected officials, people in the criminal justice sector, and by public health practitioners. Since 2006, UNITY, a national violence prevention initiative, has worked with more than twenty health departments and cities around the country – including New Orleans – to advance a public health approach to community violence. Since its inception, UNITY has helped change the landscape of how cities approach the problem of violence.

This presentation will provide an overview of the current landscape of urban approaches to preventing violence and set the national context for the work going on in New Orleans, including implementing its own strategic plan, the NOLA FOR LIFE PLAYbook: Promoting Life for all Youth. It will also highlight public health's role in and contributions to preventing urban violence.

[i] Weiss, B. P. (June 2008). An Assessment of Youth Violence Prevention Activities in USA Cities. Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Southern California Injury Prevention Research Center.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe 3 emerging trends in urban efforts to prevent violence Delineate at least 4 roles for public health practitioners and departments in preventing urban violence.

Keyword(s): Youth Violence, Preventive Medicine

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I oversee Prevention Institute’s violence prevention work. I have directed a national violence prevention initiative for more than 8 years focused on advancing a public health approach. Through this work, I have worked with more than 20 health departments around the country. I regularly provide training and technical assistance on the topic. I also chaired the California Cities Gang Prevention Network’s advisory board for more than five years.
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.