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Commission outlines strategy to reduce youth violence

From the March 2001 ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright 2001 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

By Jack Ginsberg

A commission representing a partnership of medical, nursing and public health organizations including the College has released a report that calls on public policy-makers in the United States to use preventive efforts to stop youth violence.

The Commission for the Prevention of Youth Violence's 65-page report, "Youth and Violence," emphasizes that prevention must be the cornerstone of public health efforts to stem the tide of youth violence in this country. The report identifies key priorities and recommendations to prevent youth violence in U.S. schools and communities.

The commission was organized by the AMA and funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The College's Immediate Past President, Whitney W. Addington, MACP, represented ACP-ASIM on the commission.

The commission reviewed literature, held public hearings, and collected testimony from multidisciplinary speakers and panelists. It then developed seven priorities and 44 recommendations for a violence-prevention agenda.

The report can be downloaded from the AMA Web site at www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/3536.html. Limited copies of the report are also available free of charge from ACP-ASIM Customer Service at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600, or 215-351-2600 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., EST). Ask for product code #500700300.

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