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Eight, Arizona PBS to host leaders from Health, Education, Government, Business and Non-Profits
with welcome by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton

PHOENIX -- (March 19, 2013)  Eight, Arizona PBS will host “Creating Safe Environments – Advocacy, Prevention, and Support for Children in Arizona, A Summit for Leaders” on Tuesday, April 9 at 8 a.m. at Eight, Arizona PBS, Studio A (555 N Central Ave, Phoenix, 85004). The work session includes keynote presentations and breakout sessions by recognized experts in children’s welfare, psychology, education, public health media campaigns, and health.

Following presentation of the latest research findings, including the relationship between adverse childhood experiences (ACE) and adult well-being, disease and premature death, the focus will turn to the solutions presented by evidence-based public health strategies and an effort to mobilize new public-private partnerships and identify new sources of funding to benefit all Arizona families.

“We hope that by learning about these cost-effective approaches, new partnerships can be forged between the public and private sectors and the academic community to benefit all families in Arizona,” said ACE Consortium spokesperson Marcia Stanton, MSW, specialist in Injury Prevention and Strong Families at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. “Building partnerships and investing in children by strengthening families is not only the right thing to do, it's also the best way we can ensure healthy, productive communities for all of us.”

Keynote speakers include Dr. Vincent Felitti, leading researcher on the ACE study, Ron Prinz, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Parenting and Family Research Center, University of South Carolina; President and Senior Scientist of the PAXIS Institute in Tucson Dennis Embry, among other professionals in the field. Breakout sessions include ASU’s Crystal Gustavson, author R. Bradley Snyder, and Dr. Cricket Mitchell from the California Institute for Mental Health. Additional speakers and facilitators are still being confirmed.

“Arizona PBS is proud to partner with local healthcare organizations, serving both as a convener and content producer/distributor, which complements well the community service assets of our partners in this project,” says Eight, Arizona PBS General Manager Kelly McCullough.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton will welcome leaders and community stakeholders from across the state to this forum organized to address the needs of some of Arizona’s most vulnerable citizens – our children.

Lunch will be provided by Prevent Child Abuse Arizona. Continental breakfast and parking also included in registration. Funding for this event is provided by a grant from The Steele Foundation.  Additional funding provided by Eight, Arizona PBS, Child Crisis Center, Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Registration is now available at: 

Media Contact:  Colleen O’Donnell Pierce
(602) 496-0579
(602) 478-3867 (cell)


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