Online Program

Integrating Public Health Prevention Efforts to Decrease Violence and Unintentional Injuries in Children

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Karen Liller, PhD, College of Public Health, Department of Community and Family Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Martha L. Coulter, DrPH MPH MSW, Department of Community and Family Health, University of South Florida, College of Public Health, Tampa, FL
Violence and unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for children and adolescents in the United States.  Traditionally prevention strategies have not fostered partnerships among violence and unintentional injury practitioners and scholars, leading to fragmented program development and policy approaches that could have been much more effective should collaborations been developed and nurtured.  Presently efforts are taking place in our College of Public Health to develop and implement pedagogical strategies, including graduate courses and fieldwork, which allow students the opportunity to develop targeted interventions to decrease both violence and unintentional injuries in children. The students utilize theoretical and epidemiologic approaches in addition to the constructs of the integrated model developed by Peterson and Brown.  This model focuses on sociocultural factors, child-based factors, and caregiver-based factors as background (consistent) and immediate contributors to child abuse and neglect and unintentional injuries.  For example, a caregiver background contributor may include lack of parenting skills and an immediate contributor would be need for control and ineffective discipline that leads to both abuse/neglect and unintentional injuries. Resiliency factors include addressing the parenting skills and environment through home visitations, community programs and outreach activities coordinated by public health agencies.  Example projects will be provided that highlight the overlap of risk and resiliency factors related to violence and unintentional injuries in children and foster comprehensive injury-related policy changes at the local, state, and national level.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe how public health intervention strategies can prevent both violence and unintentional injuries in families.

Keyword(s): Violence & Injury Prevention, Curricula

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been an child injury prevention researcher and professor for over 23 years, have published numerous peer-reviewed publications, and am editor of the text Injury Prevention for Children and Adolescents: Research, Practice, and Advocacy, published by the American Public Health Association. I have partnered for several years with researchers focused on violence prevention in the development of collaborative prevention strategies.
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.