2020 Conference
April 27–29 2020
The Westin Westminster
Denver, CO

James Mercy Keynote

Making Violence Prevention Urgent

The prevention of violence is an urgent public health and social challenge. Its effects reverberate through families, communities, nations and across generations. We now understand that exposure to violence, in addition to causing physical injuries and homicide, also plays a role in the etiology of mental illness, chronic disease and even infectious diseases such as HIV. In the U.S. and across the world we face many daunting challenges, including the HIV epidemic, ongoing wars and conflicts, cardiovascular and other chronic diseases, and high suicide rates. Given the impact of violence on these outcomes, violence prevention can be viewed as a powerful lever that, if successfully engaged, can have a cross-cutting impact on a broad range of health and social challenges. Progress in preventing violence is advancing rapidly. There is every reason to believe that our understanding and capacity to prevent violence will make a difference if governments, their citizens and the global community start now, act wisely and work together.
James Mercy James Mercy
Division of Violence Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention