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Session Description Violence Prevention

revent Firearm Injuries (1 CE credit)

Firearm injuries and violence are critical public health issues. Thus, it is imperative for public health professionals to be proponents of prevention strategies including but not limited to education and policy. This session focuses on recent research and policy related to preventing firearm injuries and violence with specific emphasis on the mass shootings in Tucson, and Norway, and attempts to limit physician counseling regarding firearms.

Learning Outcomes:

Describe policy recommendations based on research evidence to prevent mass shootings in the US. Describe the public health approach to preventing firearm injuries and violence.


Roseanna Ander: Gun violence in Chicago
David Hemenway, Phd: Guns in the Home
Josh Sugarmann: Militarization of the U.S. civilian gun industry Daniel Webster, ScD, MPH: Effects of state gun laws on the exportation of guns for criminals

Addressing the Intersection: Preventing Violence and Promoting Healthy Eating and Active Living (1 CE credit)

Through a panel that includes representatives from policy and practice in an emerging interdisciplinary field that addresses violence and chronic disease, this session illustrates how innovative community-led efforts can shape national-level strategy to prevent violence.

Learning Outcomes:

Describe the value of prevention as a strategy for addressing violence, reducing chronic illness, and eliminating health inequities. Identify strategies for using local practices/successes to inform local, state, or national policies and agencies.


Dalila Butler, MPH: Addressing the intersection: Preventing violence and promoting healthy eating and active living
Rita Noonan, PhD: Building community capacity to address violence and physical activity: An update from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Monica Brown: Path to Neighborhood Transformation is the Road Less Traveled

Preventing works:

A public health approach to preventing violence that affects youth (1 CE Credit)

Violence is preventable. It can be significantly reduced through a public health approach which addresses the underlying causes. This session highlights: evidence on what works to prevent violence; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s approach and activities including UNITY, a national initiative supporting cities to prevent violence; and lessons from local public health departments.

Learning Outcomes:

Identify successful strategies led by local health departments. Describe the specific contributions of public health to preventing violence. List the resources available to cities via UNITY and the UNITY City Network.


Howard Spivak, MD: Youth violence as a public health issue
Benita Tsao, MPH: Preventing the epidemic: Understanding the UNTIY approach to youth Karen Butler, MS: Youth violence prevention – The Cleveland experience
Carey Riccitelli, MPH: Live Well, San Diego!: Living Safely