National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse for a Lunch Briefing on Violence and Abuse: How the Health System Can Prevent and Respond

Date: Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Time: 12:00-1:30 P.M.

U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, Room H201

Senator Tom Harkin, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, and Congressman Steven LaTourette are Honorary Co-Chairs of the briefing. During National Public Health Week 2011, the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse (NHCVA), a collaborative of national professional health associations concerned with the health impact of violence and abuse, will be taking this opportunity to focus attention on the importance of addressing these issues.   The health consequences of abuse which including child abuse, domestic and sexual violence, and elder abuse are severe and can lead to chronic health conditions and health risk behaviors.

NHCVA, which includes leaders from the American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Nurses Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Family Violence Prevention Fund, will host a panel of speakers who will discuss the health impact of abuse, and the need for prevention to be integrated into the national public health agenda.  Speakers will also highlight models in several states that are working effectively to prevent and respond to lifetime exposure to violence and abuse.

SPEAKERS

Jacquelyn Campbell, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Vice-Chair, Anna D. Wolf Chair and Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, will give a brief overview of the health consequences of abuse based on her more than 20 years of research and provide policy recommendations.

Jeremy A. Lazarus, M.D., Speaker of the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates, will discuss why the AMA and other NHCVA members see a role for health providers in reducing abuse and why the national prevention agenda should address violence prevention.

Corinne Graffunder, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., Office of the Associate Director for Policy at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (invited), will provide an update on where violence and abuse can fit into national prevention policy efforts.

Gloria Terry, President of the Texas Council on Family Violence, will highlight a statewide initiative that partners domestic violence advocates with the state health agencies to reduce and prevent domestic violence and children exposed to family violence and improve reproductive and maternal child health outcomes.

Tasneem Ismailji, M.D., M.P.H., President of the Academy on Violence and Abuse, will share her experiences working with children exposed to family violence as a pediatrician and the need for education for providers on violence and abuse across the lifespan and how to respond.

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