142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 2:50 PM - 3:10 PM

Charlotte Parent, RN, MHCM , New Orleans Health Department, New Orleans, LA
Violence is a leading cause of injury, disability, and death.  Since 1979, New Orleans’ annual murder rate has consistently been seven to eight times higher than the national average.  Violence is also a significant health disparity.  In New Orleans, 93% of all murder victims are African American.  Furthermore, violence increases risk for a multitude of health and social problems and compounds disparities in chronic disease.

 In response to the epidemic of violence, the public health approach has emerged as a promising practice nationwide.  This approach has been adopted in New Orleans, where the local health department has led the development of a strategic plan to prevent youth violence.  Based on stakeholder input, the local health department adopted a collective impact approach to address the issue of youth violence, with the local health department serving as the backbone organization to coordinate prevention activities, collect data about youth violence, and communicate results with partners.

 The local health department now supports a range of initiatives to promote positive, safe, and healthy relationships and communities.  These prevention strategies have been integrated within NOLA FOR LIFE, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s comprehensive murder reduction strategy.  With a focus on addressing trauma, they include efforts to prevent school violence, prevent family violence, and build public health capacity to sustain prevention activities.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe the role of local health departments in preventing violence. Identify interventions to prevent violence that have been implemented in New Orleans, LA. List steps that public health practitioners can take to prevent violence in their community.

Keyword(s): Youth Violence, Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Director of the City of New Orleans Health Department. I have over ten years in health care management experience and previously served as Director for Healthy Start New Orleans. Prior to joining the City, she was the Director of Maternal and Child Services at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans, where she developed and oversaw services for expectant mothers and their families throughout the childbirth and post-natal experience.
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.