Futures Holds Briefing on Capitol Hill

Futures Holds Briefing on Capitol Hill

In light of national events that have turned public attention to the epidemic of violence in the U.S, now is the time talk about the health consequences of exposure to violence and abuse.

Last week, Futures held our annual Capitol Hill briefing on health policy and violence prevention, as part of the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse. The briefing was sponsored by Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Representative Richard Hanna (R-NY), and Representative Lois Capps (D-CA).

An engaging expert panel of speakers discussed strategies and best practices to lower costs, improve health, and prevent violence through innovative health policy. Their topics ranged from expanding mental health services for children to demonstrating the link between early exposure to violence and long-term health implications.

Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary of Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, discussed how new provisions in the Affordable Care Act and Violence Against Women Act can prevent violence and improve women’s health. In addition to health policy, Dr. Koh highlighted Project Connect—our program that works with healthcare providers to improve their response to victims of abuse. Other speakers included:

  • Brigid McCaw, MD, MPH, MS, FACP, medical director of family violence prevention at Kaiser Permanente, who presented the health improvements and cost savings that can be achieved when providers screen for abuse
  • Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP, founder and CEO, Center for Youth Wellness, who presented the latest research on the link between childhood exposure to violence and health and how to promote resiliency in kids
  • Denise Dowd, MD, MPH, PEM, a pediatrician who helped author the American Academy of Pediatrics position on guns, discussed the importance of health care providers in addressing gun safety and how supporting mental health services kids can prevent future violence
  • Kiersten Stewart, MA, public policy director at Futures Without Violence and Annie Lewis-O’Connor, PhD, NP-BC, MPH, chair, National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse discuss discussed policy recommendations

We’re proud to be a part of the National Health Collaborative, a group of 30 professional health organizations working to increase the role health care providers play in violence prevention, and improve support for children facing abuse. This was the third annual briefing coordinated by Futures and the National Health Collaborative.

Materials from the Event:

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