Weekly News Roundup: Learning About Violence From Unusual Sources

Understanding the Intersection of Health Care and Social Services (KevinMD): Following the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s, 2011 “Blind Side” report on the all too commonly negative influence of the social environment on patient health, two physicians published a new book, “The American Health Care Paradox.” The book aims to shed more light on the social determinants of our health–including violence.

Eddie Bocanegra Takes an On-The-Ground, Academic Approach to Stemming Youth Violence (The Chicago Reporter): Former violence interrupter, Eddie Bocanegra, gets candid with The Chicago Reporter about why addressing adverse childhood experiences is important in the fight against youth violence.

Fearful Memories Passed Down to Mouse Descendants (Scientific American): A new study suggests that fearful memories can be passed down through generations and potentially impact health outcomes through epigenetic inheritance.

Summit Sheds Light on Youth Perceptions of Gun Violence (Neighborhood News Service Milwaukee): City leaders in Milwaukee recently hosted the “Coming Together” summit for youth and community leaders to collectively develop strategies–including those based on public health principles–to fight the problem.

At PopTech: Violence Interruption Leveraged by Mobile Phones (Cure Violence Blog): Learn more about a project we’ve been thinking about for years, PeaceTXT, a PopTech-initiated collaborative effort to understand how new communication technologies–like mobile phones–can be integrated with face-to-face violence prevention to reach scale.

Social Networks Can Help Predict Gun Violence (The Washington Post): New studies show that on an individual level, social networks — the people one hangs out with — can predict a given person’s likelihood of being shot and killed.