Important House hearing on preventing violence this Wednesday

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Preventing Violence: Evidence-Based Programs and Policies to Promote Positive Youth Development
July 22, 2015
1-3:30pm, Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2237

 Though always present, the topic of violence has been particularly salient of late given several uprisings in major cities that are indicative of serious underlying problems.  What it not as often discussed are evidence-based practices and policies to prevent these problems (see op-ed and op-ed). The National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives (NPSC; see first attachment) will host a briefing with nationally recognized experts on violence prevention and positive youth development. The meeting will focus on individual-level and environmental factors that influence development and increase propensity for youth violence.  Strategies will then be discussed for short-term and longer range reduction in violence.  These strategies can save taxpayer dollars while strengthening individuals, families, and communities. There will be discussion about Youth PROMISE Act (YPA) legislation for helping youth to develop into healthy and successful adults. Co-Sponsor Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott will present on this bipartisan prevention-related legislation.

We have conducted five previous prevention-related briefings (Interventions across Policy AreasScaling-up ImplementationJuvenile Justice Reform; Science to Policy; and Economics of Prevention). This session should be of value to legislators, staffers, administrators, researchers, evaluators, educators, practitioners, advocates, and funders. 

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Brief Opening Remarks: Representative Tony Cardenas  (CA-29): Co-Chair of the Crime Prevention and Youth Development Caucus

Welcome by Moderator: Dr. Diana Fishbein, C. Eugene Bennett Chair of Prevention Research at The Penn State University and Director of NPSC.

Framing the Briefing: Dr. Rebecca Vivrette (University of Maryland School of Medicine)

Panel One: Violence: Its origins, prevalence, and effects
Dr. Kristin Anderson Moore
(Senior Scholar, Child Trends): Preventing Violence:  Understanding and Addressing the Determinants of Violence in the United States.

Dr. Peter Scharf (Professor LSU School of Public Health and the Institute for Public Health and Justice): The Social Ecology of Youth Violence: Implications for evidence-based community crime prevention. 

Panel Two: Violence: Prevention via evidence-based programs
Dr. Michael Greene
 (Senior Fellow, Rutgers School of Criminal Justice): Evidence-Based prevention strategies, positive youth development and community youth organizing.

Dr. Thomas Simon  (Deputy Associate Director for Science, Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the CDC): Longer-term solutions & prevention: A public health approach. 

Youth PROMISE Act: Legislation to prevent violence and promote productive youth development: Representative Robert C. “Bobby” Scott  (VA-03) Co-Sponsor

For more information, contact Dr. Neil Wollman, Co-Director of NPSC and Senior Fellow, Bentley UniversityNWollman@Bentley.edu 260-568-0116 

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