Just as healthcare providers seek to interrupt the cycle of heart disease and stroke through promotion of healthy diet and physical activity, so too can healthcare providers interrupt the cycle of violence and abuse that is epidemic within Alaska. A growing number of practitioners are incorporating other violence preventative measures into their core visits, school-based, or community work.
- Provide regular guidance on relationship development and relationship skills.
- Ask questions that reinforce healthy relationship and healthy sexuality and let parents know that violence can be preventable.
- Provide educational materials for parents and youth during their visits and in the community.
- Connected Kids: Safe, Strong, Secure is an asset based anticipatory guidance tool developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics focused around violence prevention.
In the Schools:
- Promote the Coordinated School Health Model
- Support the Youth Risk Behavioral Survey
- Serve on a health education curriculum review committee
- Promote the Fourth R Healthy Relationships Curriculum and teach some of the lessons
- Serve as a resource for school health programs