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Archived 2011 Webcasts
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Archived 2011 Webcasts


The theme for the 2011 ASTHO, NACCHO, & Safe States Alliance webcast series is "Special Topics in Violence Prevention." Throughout the year, webcasts will focus on specific violence prevention initiatives being implemented in states and communities, as well as the importance of effective collaborations between state and locals to ensure the success of these initiatives.

Click on the links below to view archived 2011 webcasts:


The opinions or views expressed by the guests and participants of the webcast series represent the thoughts of individual participants, and not necessarily those of the Safe States Alliance, ASTHO, NACCHO, or affiliates.

"Using Policy to Prevent Teen Dating Violence"

Abuse in dating relationships among adolescents is a serious public health problem of growing concern. Victims of teen dating violence are more likely to do poorly in school, engage in substance abuse, and attempt suicide. To effectively address teen dating violence, policies must be implemented to empower and protect adolescents, as well as provide support to families, schools, and others that can assist teens. Public health professionals can play a critical role in addressing teen dating violence by engaging policymakers, building strong partnerships and coalitions, and advocating for comprehensive policies that emphasize education and prevention.

During this webinar, participants learn about existing state policies that universally address teen dating violence, the components of enacted policies, the various roles that state and local entities play in implementing these policies, and how public health professionals can build support for the adoption and enactment of policies through coalitions and collaborations with diverse partners.


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"Exploring the Intersection: Enhancing Active Living through Violence Prevention"

Violence and the fear of violence can have far-reaching negative consequences and undermine efforts to improve the health and safety of communities. Perceptions of areas as being violent or unsafe may often prevent adults and children from engaging in a host of healthy activities – ranging from walking to schools and workplaces to utilizing parks and recreational areas. As a result, this lack of physical activity can be a substantial factor in the onset of chronic disease. Research has linked several chronic health conditions to a lack of physical activity, including asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. Violence only serves to exacerbate these conditions as it is a significant barrier that keeps individuals from leading healthy, active lives.


Preventing violence is an imperative step in promoting safe and healthy communities and in minimizing the burden of disease. Both violence and chronic disease can be prevented by using a collaborative public health approach. This webcast will feature presentations that will discuss the unique intersection between chronic disease and violence and provide examples of efforts that successfully address both issues. By utilizing innovative approaches and strategies, public health practitioners and other stakeholders at local, state, and national levels can help communities across the country benefit from integrated efforts to prevent violence and increase active living.


Additional Resources from Prevention Institute

  • Addressing the Intersection: Preventing Violence and Promoting Healthy EatingAddressing the Intersection provides an explanation of the inter-relationship between violence and healthy eating and activity.    
  • Safe Places to PlayHighlights solutions to transform California neighborhoods into safe and healthy communities in which all children and adults have access to safe places to play and be active.
  • Fact SheetsThese fact sheets describe how violence affects other health problems and community concerns, such as chronic diseases, mental illness and poor learning.
  • Collaboration Multiplier: Provides details of Prevention Institute’s interactive tool for strengthening collaborative efforts across diverse fields.

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"Programs and Partnerships to Prevent

Gang-Related Youth Violence"

Gang-related youth violence is a complex public health problem that can be addressed by using innovative, prevention-focused strategies and strong, collaborative partnerships. Acknowledging the impact of firearms on the lethality of gang-related violence, it is critical to explore the public health role in supporting primary and secondary prevention efforts to minimize violence-related firearm deaths and injuries that continue to disproportionately affect youth. 

This webcast features presentations by professionals and experts that are actively implementing programs in their states and communities to prevent gang-related violence. During this webcast, speakers address the national burden of firearm-related injuries among youth, describe programs currently being implemented to prevent gang-related violence and enhance youth empowerment, and provide insights on how to address the challenges of delivering effective violence prevention programs that utilize a public health approach.

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