Friday the 13th turned out to be extra lucky this month as the 2015 Injury and Violence Prevention Summit, sponsored by Healthy Gen and hosted by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, Washington State Department of Health and the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, was a big success. This day-long summit gathered leaders from public health, health care and community-based organizations to discuss strategies for partnership and collaboration, policy and advocacy, and practice within communities towards preventing and creating the conditions for improved responses to, injury and violence, including Adverse Childhood Experiences and trauma-informed practices of prevention and care.
Ending the day, Healthy Gen Board Member and Medical Director of Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic , Dr. Ben Danielson encouraged the audience to collectively make our voices heard and act with courage to stand up against the pervasive structures supporting racism and gun violence in the United States. He also challenged the audience to move away from continued investment in research to the deficit of moving to action for impact based on the collective wisdom that we already have, as “the work is too important.”
For injury and violence prevention resources: http://www.nwcphp.org/documents/about/ivp-resource-guide