News Release: School of Public Health

May 3,  2011

Jane Fonda Center of Emory University Hosts Annual Meeting

Media Advisory - Top Health, Education and Youth Experts Convene in Atlanta for Gathering of the Largest National Public Health Initiative to Stop Teen Dating Violence

ATLANTA - Local teens will showcase their innovative middle school prevention programs to Atlanta top public health experts and leaders from around the nation at the annual gathering of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships Initiative. The pioneering effort was developed to teach children as early as age 11 the importance of healthy relationships to prevent teen dating violence.

WHEN:         

Wed., May 4, 2011
11:15 – 11:45 a.m.           

WHERE:      

The Klamon Room, Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health
1518 Clifton, Rd
Atlanta, GA 30322

WHAT:         

The Jane Fonda Center at Emory University is one of 11 distinguished organizations nationwide to receive $1 million in funding as part the Start Strong initiative. Teens, their mentors and leaders will demonstrate new prevention strategies to transform how the Atlanta community is approaching dating relationships and equipping youth to end the spread of teen dating violence and abuse. 

Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships is the largest initiative ever funded to prevent teen dating violence and abuse by teaching 11 to 14 year olds about healthy relationships. This four-year program is at a critical juncture and is bringing together top public health experts and leaders from around the country to Atlanta to discuss their progress and insights into teen dating violence prevention.  

WHO:           

  • Start Strong Atlanta Teen Leaders -- Performance by teens
  • Representatives from All 11 Start Strong Sites Funded
  • James W. Curran, MD, MPH, Dean, Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health
  • Mayor’s Office -  City of Atlanta, Representative
  • Debbie Lee, Senior Vice President, Futures Without Violence, (formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund)

FACTS:

  • FACT: One in six high school students in Georgia experienced physical abuse from a dating partner in the last year.  
  • FACT: Half of all 6th graders say they are dating and 42.1% of these children report being victims of “dating” physical violence.   
  • FACT: Among teens who report taking a course on dating abuse, 75% say it helped them learn about the signs of an unhealthy relationship.  

NOTE:

Please contact Janet Christenbury, 404-727-8599, jmchris@emory.edu to arrange parking for the event.

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