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Symposium to tackle violence against vulnerable Alaskans

Alaska Dispatch
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On Wednesday July 11, a panel of national experts will speak at an Anchorage symposium about the prevention of violence against children and other vulnerable Alaskans.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Injury Prevention Research Center has paired up with The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) and the Alaska Children's Trust to organize the event. According to a press release, four experts will "present national research on current best practices, effective tools, data, and the need for violence prevention."

More than 100 Alaska professionals are expected. The event hopes to provide leaders in the community with information that will assist in finding ways to prevent violence before it occurs. Stephanie Birch, chief of the department’s section of Women’s, Children’s and Family Health notes, "Violence against children and other vulnerable people has negative short‑ and long-term impacts on individuals, families and communities. Research shows that certain adverse events experienced early in life, such as child abuse, are major risk factors for the leading causes of illness and death, and poor quality of life in the United States."

The event will take place from 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the BP Energy Center. For more information, contact DHSS.