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Seminar to spark discussion of violence prevention in Omaha

Addressing Health Disparities SeminarCreighton University invites health science professionals to engage in discussion on preventing societal violence in the ninth annual Addressing Health Disparities Seminar.

On April 30 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., participants will hear from a variety of local and statewide professionals about the effects of violence on individuals and public health. Panelists and speakers will highlight topics such as violence in Omaha, gun laws and solutions for community violence prevention.

Community organizations, such as the Douglas County Health Department and Omaha Housing Authority, will display posters at the event.

Creighton will offer continuing education credit for those who attend.

The Center for Promoting Health and Health Equality (CPHHE) will sponsor the event. CPHHE works with community leaders to promote health and reduce health disparities in Nebraska.

The day’s schedule is as follows:

7:30 a.m. Check-in /Continental Breakfast

8 a.m. Welcome/Opening Remarks
Sade Kosoko–Lasaki, M.D., MSPH, MBA
Edward R. O’Connor, Ph.D., FACHE
Doris Lassiter, B.S., Interim CPHHE Chairman

8:15 a.m. Agenda Overview, Logistics, Charge to Audience
Mervin Vasser, MPA

8:20 a.m. Overview of Success of the Center for Promoting Health and Health Equality (CPHHE) in Community Academic Partnerships
Speaker: Doris Lassiter, B.S., Interim CPHHE Chairman

8:30 a.m. Violence: the Omaha Experience and Best Practices in the Nation Speaker: Willie Barney, B.A., Empowerment NetworkSpeaker: Dawn Irlbeck, Ph.D., Creighton University, Sociology & Criminal Justice

9:15 a.m. Data Analysis of Violence in Omaha
Speaker: Rebecca Murray, Ph.D., Creighton University Department of Cultural & Social Studies Chairman
Speaker: Dawn Irlbeck, Ph.D., Creighton University, Sociology & Criminal Justice

10:15 a.m. Break and Review Posters

10:30 a.m. Panel Discussions 1: Community Approach to Violence Prevention
Moderator: Stephen Jackson, MPH, Douglas County Health Department
Speakers: Jane Prine, LADC, Impact One Community Connections
Scott Gray, Omaha Police Precinct Captain
Donna Polk, Ph.D., LMHP, Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition, Inc.
Michael Maroney, Omaha Economic Development Corporation

12 p.m. Lunch (bring lunch into auditorium)
Ethical Considerations of Violence Prevention in Public Health
John Stone, M.D., Ph.D.

1 p.m. Keynote Address – Power and Possibilities: Public Health Approaches to Violence Prevention
Guest Speaker: Magda Peck, Sc.D., MP3 Health Group

2 p.m. Social Determinants of Violence: Solutions for Public Health
Moderator: Roselyn Cerutis, B.S., Ph.D.
Speakers:

  1. Deborah Frison, Ed.D., Nebraska Department of Education
  2. Alberto Gonzales, Omaha Police South Gang Specialist
  3. Adi Pour, Ph.D., Douglas County Health Department
  4. Errik Ejike, MPH, Center for Promoting Health and Health Equality
  5. Teela Mickles, Compassion in Action, Inc.

3:15 p.m. Break and Review Posters

3:30 p.m. Two-Group Breakout - Solutions: Economic Situation / Public Health and Gun Laws
Moderator: Doris Lassiter, B.S., Nebraska Center for Healthy Families

Group 1—Pros of Gun Laws:
Kenny McMorris, MPA, CHCEF, Facilitator
Richard Brown, Ph.D., FACHE, Recorder

Group 2—Cons of Gun Laws:
Jackie Font-Guzman, MHA, JD, Ph.D., Facilitator
Jeffrey Smith, Ph.D., NCC, PLMPH, Recorder

4:15 p.m. Q & A / Closing
Sade Kosoko-Lasaki, M.D., MSPH, MBA

4:30 p.m. Evaluations
Mervin Vasser, MPA

Poster displays by:
Charles Drew Health Center
Douglas County Department of Health
Nebraska Center for Health Families
Nebraska Urban Indian Health Center
Omaha Housing Authority
Omaha Police Department
One World Community Health Centers
Urban League of Nebraska

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