In spite of the broad-ranging commitments to reduce violence, a comprehensive health sector response to youth violence and its social determinants is yet to be achieved. There is a need to accelerate action, working hand in hand with partners at the regional, national and local level. In order to gain a better understanding of opportunities for action, PAHO is organizing this two-day experts’ meeting with the purpose of engaging stakeholders in a regional dialogue to seek their advice on possible joint actions to strengthen a public health approach to youth violence in the Americas.
Place: Washington, D.C.
Dates: October 7-8, 2019.
- Review the current status of efforts, lessons learned, challenges and opportunities for advancing a public health approach to youth violence in the Americas;
- Reach consensus on regional and country-level strategies and actions to strengthen the role of the health sector within a multisectoral response to youth violence in the Americas.
- Agreement on challenges, opportunities and lessons learned in advancing a public health approach to addressing youth violence in the Americas.
- Agreement on priority actions for strengthening the role of the health sector within a multisectoral response to youth violence in the Americas
- Improved regional partnerships and efficiency in the allocation and use of regional resources for youth violence
Monday, 7 October
- Overview of meeting objectives and background: why are we here? - Britta Baer
- Evolution of youth violence prevention from a PH perspective - Alberto Eastman
- Violence Prevention in the Region of the Americas: Trajectory and Way Forward - Simone Assis
- Understanding violence from a public health perspective - Britta Baer
- Violence is a Health Issue - Karen Volker
- Public health strategies for preventing youth violence - Maria Fernanda Tourinho
Tuesday, 8 October
- Moving from Data to Action: what more needs to be done? - Britta Baer
- How to get from knowledge to evidence? Informed Policy and Action - Gustavo Bardales
- How to get from data to action? Health System Surveillance - Eduardo Macario
- What works in prevention and how to scale it up - Britta Baer
- Examples of action in countries: Mexico - Sara Antillon
- Examples of action in countries: Bahamas - Calae Philippe
- Examples of action in countries: Belize - Mary Vasquez
- A Guide to Developing Resiliency Programmes for Our Adolescents - Elizabeth Ward
- Strengthening the effectiveness of the health system response - Britta Baer
- Strengthening the capacity of adolescent health services to respond to youth violence - Mario Ernesto Soriano
- Addressing violence through adolescent-friendly services: Trinidad and Tobago - Dr. Asha Pemberton
- Strengthening trauma: informed responses to youth violence - Philip J. Leaf