Karen Shore 
Center for Health Improvement 


Thursday August 1, 2013 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM PDT

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State Capitol, Room 112 
1303 10th St
Sacramento, CA 95814

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Preventing Violence, Promoting Health

Our knowledge and understanding about the cycle of violence and its health consequences has both expanded and been refined over the past several years. Interpersonal and community violence are common and often have negative, long-term effects on physical and mental health. Health care costs for individuals exposed to violence are high, and societal costs for violence in communities are even higher. Historically, funding to address specific types of violence (e.g., child abuse, intimate partner violence, bullying, gang violence) has been fragmented, but as the intersections between family violence, community violence, and health are becoming better understood, there are opportunities to implement new violence prevention strategies that use a coordinated and comprehensive approach.

At this briefing, speakers will describe how the perception of violence is evolving to one that addresses violence as a preventable public health problem and how communities across the United States and California are implementing cross-sectoral approaches to prevent violence before it occurs. Specific policy recommendations related to violence prevention also will be discussed.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Howard Spivak, MD, Director, Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Lisa James, MA, Director of Health, Futures Without Violence
  • Andrea Flores Shelton, Injury & Violence Prevention Coordinator, Center for Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Santa Clara County  Public Health Department
  • Benita Tsao, MPH, CHES, Program Coordinator, Prevention Institute
  • Fatima Angeles, MPH, Director of Evaluation and Organizational Learning, The California Wellness Foundation (facilitator)

This presentation is open to the public. Reservations are recommended.

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The California Health Policy Forum is an initiative of the Center for Health Improvement. Funding is provided by grants from the California HealthCare Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, and The California Endowment.

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