Crime and Violence Through A Public Health Lens

Violence endangers the health and safety of a community. Public health practitioners play a pivotal role helping to address the impact of violence on a community and prevent violence from occurring.

Attend the MACo Winter Conference Session, “Crime and Violence Through a Public Health Lens“, to learn more about the public health related impacts of violence and how local agencies can partner to address the issues. This session will be held from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge. More information about the session may be found below:

Crime and Violence Through A Public Health Lens

Description: Remarkably, prior to the 1980s, ‘public health’ was rarely mentioned in discussions of violence or its root causes, and was seldom included as a partner in its resolution. Today, violence is clearly recognized as a public health problem. It has become clear that violence affects other social determinants of health that perpetuate poor health outcomes in specific groups in our communities. This session will give a brief overview of the trends that contributed to the growing recognition that violence can be addressed from a public health perspective. Panelists will describe in detail the role of local health departments in collaborations with schools, law enforcement, the judicial system, corrections, social services, and other community partners to address this leading cause of injury, disability, and premature death.


  • Larry Polsky, Health Officer, Calvert County
  • Pamela Brown-Creekmur, Health Officer, Prince George’s County
  • Rodney Glotfelty, Health Officer, Garrett County

Date/Time: Thursday, December 10, 2015; 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The MACo Winter Conference will be held December 9-11, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge. This year’s conference theme is “Mission: Public Safety.”

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Questions? Contact Meetings & Events Director Virginia White.