mPreventViolence: Communication and Technology for Violence Prevention - A Workshop

When: December 8, 2011 - December 9, 2011 (8:00 AM Eastern)
Where: The Canadian Embassy (Auditorium) • 501 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Topics Global Health, Children and Families, Substance Use and Mental Health
Activity: Forum on Global Violence Prevention
Boards: Board on Global Health, Board on Children, Youth, and Families

Following the momentum of the mPreventViolence Workshop and in partnership with Forum Sponsor, the Avon Foundation for Women, the IOM held the Ending Violence @ Home App Challenge. Visit the challenge homepage for more information.

If you attended this workshop in-person or via webcast, please fill out an evaluation survey here .

Over the past 25 years those working in the field of violence prevention have brought about a major paradigm shift from an assumption that violence is inevitable to the recognition that violence is preventable, through the application of evidence-based programs to prevent specific types of violence. But neither the paradigm shift nor the specific programs have spread to low- and middle-income countries. As practitioners gain further insight into successful avenues of research and intervention, the ability to transport such information to new settings is crucial in advancing the field. How could traditional tools of dissemination be used more effectively? How could newer tools such as the internet and mobile technologies be introduced into this field? How can we better translate what works in one setting to another using such tools and media?

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) will convene a 2-day workshop to explore gaps in the four areas of knowledge management (knowledge generation, integration, dissemination, and application) and how closing these gaps might accelerate violence prevention in low- and middle-income countries.

The public workshop will be organized and conducted by an ad hoc committee to examine 1) the use of traditional and new media to communicate evidence-based information for violence prevention and 2) new applications of social media and new communications technologies to prevent violence. It will also highlight evidence-based best practices from other arenas of global health where use of such tools show potential for success.

The workshop will include invited presentations and panel discussions. Experts will be drawn from the public and private sectors as well as from academic organizations to allow for multi-lateral, evidence-based discussions. An individually authored summary of the workshop will be prepared by a designated rapporteur, in accordance with institutional policy and procedures.

The workshop was free and open to the public. PowerPoint presentations and archives of the webcast can be found in the links on the right side of this page.


The workshop summary can be viewed online for free here.


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