The Violence and Injury Prevention - Mental Health Promotion Branch recently was highlighted in a video produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Connecting the dots” highlights the department’s efforts to determine what common risk factors and successful preventative measures exist when working to reduce youth violence, child abuse and neglect, bullying, and teen violence. In the past, prevention efforts were separated by the various violence issues, but now the branch’s programs work together, based on common risks and prevention methods. Reducing teen dating violence, for instance, naturally also reduces bullying. As a result, the branch can better leverage funding by using it to address multiple forms of violence and increase collaboration with community partners. The novel approach is now being used as a model across the country.
How can we apply this work to preventing risky driving behaviors among youth and young adults?