Understanding Youth Violence

with Eric Sigel, Elizabeth Miller, Avril Melissa Houston

Date and Time: Thursday, November 21, 2013 | 12:00 p.m. CDT/ 1:00 p.m. EDT/ 10:00 a.m. PDT (Duration 90 Minutes)

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Violence is the second leading cause of death among youth between the ages of 15 and 24. Healthcare professionals who care for adolescents and youth are in an opportune position to identify potential victims and perpetrators, as well as witnesses, to violence and participate in primary, secondary, and/or tertiary prevention strategies. This webinar provides healthcare professionals with a general overview of adolescent violence, as well as examples of screening tools and available interventions in order to increase their confidence and self-efficacy in addressing violence issues in the clinic setting.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify trends and risk and protective factors of adolescent violence in order to improve health providers’ knowledge of adolescent violence.
  2. Provide examples of screening tools that can be used to identify both adolescent violence victims and perpetrators.
  3. Provide examples of interventions, including supported referrals, that providers can use for those adolescents involved in violence.
Target audience: healthcare professionals who provide primary care to adolescents (pediatricians, family practitioners, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants)

About your instructors

Avril Melissa Houston, MD, MPH, is the chief medical officer for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Division of Vaccine Injury Compensation, where she is responsible for evaluating claims and requests for compensation through medical review and assessment of compensability for all complete claims, promulgating regulations and providing professional support to the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines. She transferred from the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) HRSA in February 2011. Prior to joining the Health Department, Dr. Houston was the medical director of the University of Maryland’s Adolescent and Young Adult Center. There she was responsible for the daily operations of the clinic, the coordination of the adolescent medicine rotation for pediatric, internal medicine, and family practice residents, and the development of an adolescent medicine educational curriculum. While there, Dr. Houston was able to develop a partnership with the Emergency Department to better coordinate care for adolescents, pursue her research interests in the areas of adolescent relationship violence, risk and protective factors related to STI acquisition, and the intersection between the two, as well as introduce residents to public health by establishing a relationship with the local public health department.

Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD, is Chief of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Trained in medical anthropology as well as Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Dr. Miller’s research focuses on the impact of gender-based violence on adolescent health with a focus on underserved youth populations, including pregnant and parenting teens, foster, homeless, and gang-affiliated youth. Her studies include community and clinic-based interventions to reduce adolescent relationship abuse. She teaches courses in community health and advocacy as well as knowledge translation (i.e., moving research into policy and practice). She has participated in numerous legislative hearings related to protecting adolescent confidentiality, adolescent reproductive health, and relationship abuse.

Eric Sigel, MD, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and is board certified in Adolescent Medicine and Pediatrics. Dr. Sigel is an active clinician, teacher and researcher in the section of Adolescent Medicine/Children’s Hospital Colorado. Clinically, he specializes in taking care of violence-involved patients, those with mental health issues, as well as routine care. His research focuses on youth violence, and how its recognition and treatment can become part of routine health care delivery. He has created a screening tool to detect youth at risk for future violence involvement and has integrated electronic violence screening into clinical practice. He has recently completed a career development award from the CDC, and is a co-investigator on an “Academic Center for Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention” grant from the CDC, along with colleagues at the CU Boulder’s Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence.


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