Weekly News Roundup: The Connection Between Violence and Children’s Health

WEBINAR: Role of the Healthcare Provider in Treating Violence (Cure Violence Blog): Cure Violence Founder Dr. Gary Slutkin will discuss the role of the healthcare provider in treating violence as a contagious disease in a webinar sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics Medical Home for Children Exposed to Violence on January 23, 2014 from 12-1pm CST. Don’t miss out!

Much Has Been Done About Oakland Violence, But Much Left to Do (Contra Costa Times): In October 2012, our partners at the city of Oakland relaunched their Cure Violence modeled effort, CeaseFire. According to an op-ed in the Contra Costa Times, thus far, this effort resulted in a 50 percent decrease in homicides in the targeted neighborhoods (a critical factor in the overall city decrease of 28 percent).

The Surprising Ways the Weather Affects Your Health and Well-Being (Huffington Post): Weather makes a difference in the rates of violence. Cure Violence Data Analyst Charlie Ransford found “Shootings go way down in winter. There are half or less than half [the number of shootings] than there are in the summer time. Weather does make a difference. [With a] warmer Spring, its natural to think there will be an increase in homicides and shootings.”

Maskwacis Youth and Crime Prevention Gets Funding (Wetaskiwin Times): The Canadian federal government announced almost $2.9 million for a new youth crime prevention program partially based on the Cure Violence model. The program will be used in Maskwacis, Alberta to deter and decrease conflict, gang, and gun violence.

Time to Act: Investing in the Health of Our Children and Communities (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation): Building resilient, healthier communities requires investing in innovative ideas like Cure Violence. Read the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Commission for a Healthier America report to see their recommendations.

Viewpoints: Domestic Violence an Epidemic in California (The Sacramento Bee): An op-ed in The Sacremento Bee, Bess Bendet addresses the “hidden epidemic” of domestic violence in California—one of many forms of violence on the overall spectrum. Bendet calls on health care providers to be a bigger part of the solution in preventing and stopping this form of violence, and helping prevent the negative health outcomes experienced by those who are victims of it–including children exposed to the trauma of violence during some of the most formative years of their lives.