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Prepared Communities Can Be Successful in Violence Prevention

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 03:00
Kitson, J., Donato, I., Smith, P., Osborn, J.

Rural schools and communities, along with the nation, are working to come to grips with the recent acts of persistent violence and to identify solutions to this complex problem. Questions regarding how to create safer environments and how to propel the conversation about effective strategies to prevent and address school and community violence were discussed.

This webinar provided information about resources and lessons learned from community and school violence, an overview of key programs and efforts at the Federal level, and an example from a Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative in rural Ohio that is making a difference. This webinar also included interactive discussion with participants to identify effective strategies currently being implemented in their rural schools and communities.


Jennifer Kitson, Technical Assistance Specialist, National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention, Education Development Center


Gina Lasky Ph.D., Consultant, WICHE Mental Health Program

Ingrid Donato, Branch Chief, Mental Health Promotion Branch, SAMHSA/CMHS/Division of Prevention, Traumatic Stress, and Special Programs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Pat Smith, Project Director, Safe Schools/Healthy Students with Jan Osborne, Superintendent, Putnam County Schools, Putnam, Ohio


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