Webinar Date: Wednesday, May 15th at 11:00 EST. Click here to view the recording.
Webinar Description: For more than 15 years, Cure Violence has successfully worked to reduce violence in some of the most violent communities in the United States and around the world, advancing a new health paradigm on violence and a scientific approach to preventing it. This approach is grounded in an understanding that violence exhibits hallmarks of an infectious disease. It behaves with a contagious nature; it is acquired and biologically processed, perpetuated through social norms and peer reinforcement, and can be prevented using disease control methodology. The webinar discussed the critical elements of the approach, the adaptation process of the approach, and the documented results of program.
Speaker Bio: R. Brent Decker is the Chief Program Officer at Cure Violence based at the University of Illinois School Of Public Health. Mr. Decker began at Cure Violence in 2003 and has worked with a wide range of US and International partners to adapt, design, and provide ongoing technical assistance on the implementation of the Cure Violence health-based violence prevention model. Mr. Decker holds a Masters of Public Health (MPH) in International public health and development and a Masters of Social Work (MSW) in clinical social work from Tulane University. In his role as Chief Program Officer he has oversight of all global programming which has included 5 independent scientific evaluations in Trinidad & Tobago with Arizona State University (2018), New York City with John Jay College (2017), Philadelphia with Temple University (2016), Juarez, Mexico with the Observatorio Ciudadano FICOSEC (2015), and Baltimore with John Hopkins (2015). Mr. Decker has played the central role in setting up Cure Violence numerous replication sites in the USA (Baltimore and New Orleans), Canada, England, Trinidad & Tobago, Honduras, El Salvador, Colombia, Mexico, Iraq, and Kenya.