March 2011

CHI Joins Institute of Medicine on Violence Prevention

CHI, which launched a national violence prevention program in 2008, is a founding sponsor of the Institute of Medicine's Forum (IOM Forum) on Global Violence Prevention. Colleen Scanlon, senior vice president of advocacy for CHI, said CHI's United Against Violence initiative parallels the IOM Forum's efforts to promote research and encourage evidence-based prevention methods in the U.S. and around the world.

"This is another important step in CHI's effort to eliminate violence," Scanlon said. "In addition to the collaborative efforts we have made in many communities, this partnership with the Institute of Medicine provides a national focus on research, policy and practices that we can spread across our health system."

The IOM is an independent, nonprofit organization that is part of the National Academy of Sciences. CHI will work with the IOM as part of that organization's overall goal to reduce the burden of violence and promote the healthy development of individuals and communities. The IOM plans to focus on the exchange of information and ideas on violence prevention; highlight policy, research and priorities for further study or investment; and gather information on the scientific basis of and public health needs related to global violence prevention.