Course Description: This course presents a select group of strategies based on the best available evidence to help communities and states sharpen their focus on prevention activities with the greatest potential to prevent youth violence and its consequences. These strategies include promoting family environments that support healthy development; providing quality education early in life; strengthening youth’s skills; connecting youth to caring adults and activities; creating protective community environments; and intervening to lessen harms and prevent future risk.
David-Ferdon, C., Vivolo-Kantor, A.M., Dahlberg, L.L., Marshall, K.J., Rainford, N., & Hall, J.E. (2016). A comprehensive technical package for the prevention of youth violence and associated risk behaviors. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Course Credit(s): 3 CE Credits or Hours
Course Format: Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)
Course Schedule: Self-paced
Course Author(s): Corinne David-Ferdon, PhD, Alana M. Vivolo-Kantor, PhD, MPH, Linda L. Dahlberg, PhD, Khiya J. Marshall, DrPH, MPH, Neil Rainford, MHSE, and Jeffery E. Hall, PhD
Content Publisher(s): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Course Author(s) Qualifications:
Dr. David-Ferdon is the Deputy Associate Director for Science (ADS) within the Office of the Director of the Division of Violence Prevention in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. As the Deputy, she assists the ADS in providing leadership, planning, and guidance to DVP management and staff on scientific policy, research methodology, and priorities for research activities. Her work focuses primarily on the topics of child abuse and neglect, suicide, and youth violence, including school violence and bullying. She also supports prevention science for all violence topics addressed by CDC.
Dr. David-Ferdon received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, and her Master of Science and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.
Dr. Vivolo-Kantor earned a PhD at Georgia State University’s School of Public Health.
Dr. Dahlberg is the Senior Advisor to the Director in the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) within CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Dr. Dahlberg received her master’s degree and PhD in sociology from Indiana University (IU)-Bloomington.
Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced
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