Thursday, August 8, 2013

Youth Violence Prevention Strategies to Be Presented by Loyola Nurse

Nurse to partner with Cook County Department of Public Health to Reduce Youth Violence

A Loyola University Health System acute care nurse practitioner is partnering with The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) to reduce youth violence in suburban Cook County.

Daria C. Ruffolo, RN, DNP, CCRN, ACNP-BC, will provide the CCDPH's violence prevention team with tools for key community leaders, social service workers and nurses in this area to select evidence-based youth violence-prevention programs. This training will take place from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 9, at CCDPH located at 15900 S. Cicero Ave. - Building E in Oak Forest. The program will address social skills, cognitive and behavioral interventions, parental training, family therapy and strategies to improve school environments.

"Youth violence has long been a critical issue for communities within the western and southern areas of suburban Cook County," said Ruffolo, who began teaching this course as she earned her doctorate from Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. "Prevention and community mobilization are critical and complimentary tools that can strengthen a community's capacity to effectively address youth violence."

Ruffolo recently published research in the Journal of Trauma Nurses, which found that previous educational sessions with key stakeholders in suburban Cook County provided the skills necessary to identify programs that can best meet the needs of their communities. These officials also gained an appreciation for the efficacy of evidence-based prevention programs.

Youth violence is among the most serious health threats in the nation today. Homicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 24 years in suburban Cook County. Although the national rates of violent injury and homicide have shown a decline in most regions of the United States over the past 15 years, the rates of violence and related injuries among youth remain high.

"The prevention of youth violence has been a priority for the Cook County Department of Public Health," said Terry Mason, MD, FACS, chief operating officer, CCDPH. "This partnership with Loyola will allow us to better protect communities that suffer from disproportionate rates of violent acts."

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.