Dallas, TX, April 19, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- Specialists from the Violence Prevention Agency (VPA)
, Dr. Tau Braun, executive director of the VPA, Captain Bob Martin, senior advisor at the VPA, and Alissa Parker, co-founder, Safe and Sound Schools, will present evidence-based violence prevention strategies at NACCHO’s 2016 Preparedness Summit, “Planning Today for Rebuilding Tomorrow: Resiliency & Recovery in the 21st Century,” taking place on April 19–22, in Dallas, Texas.
Violence prevention is a proactive, strategic approach directed at preventing and reducing incidents of violence to develop cultures where violence cannot flourish.
The number of high impact, mass casualty attack incidents around the world has substantially increased over the past decade, with studies reporting a 300% increase in mass shootings since 2011. Despite the news media’s portrayal of the unpredictable and random nature of such events, measures can be taken to decrease a potential attacker’s chances of successfully carrying out his or her plan, which will be discussed by Dr. Braun, Capt. Martin, and Alissa during the Preparedness Summit.
About Dr. Tau Braun
Tau Braun (Ed.D., M.S., EMT) is a thought leader and eminent speaker on violence prevention. Dr. Braun is the Executive Director of the Violence Prevention Agency and a South African licensed clinical psychologist. He advises and trains educational institutions, healthcare facilities, and government organizations in violence prevention strategies, including threat management and active shooter preparedness and response. His research and teaching focuses on the use of a biopsychosocial (BPS) approach to violence prevention and intervention efforts. He guest lectures at several universities.
About Captain Bob Martin
Capt. Bob Martin is regarded as one of the nation’s leading experts in violence prevention and threat assessment. During his 28-year career with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Capt. Martin directed several of LAPD’s most vital responsibilities. He served as Commanding Officer of the Detective Headquarters Division, Commanding Officer of the Personnel Division, and Commanding Officer of the Emergency Control Center Division (handling responsibilities like the Rodney King Trial and the 1994 earthquake). In 1989, he founded the LAPD’s Threat Management Unit, the first of its kind in the nation. After retiring from LAPD, Capt. Martin served as the Vice President of Gavin De Becker and Associates (GDBA) for almost 20 years.
About Alissa Parker
Alissa Parker is the mother of Emilie Parker, one of the 20 children who died in the Sandy Hook School Shootings on December 14, 2012. In the wake of the tragedy, Alissa was moved to engage parents in securing the safety of their children in school, and has devoted herself to creating a legacy of safety for our nation’s children in honor of her beloved Emilie. She is a member of the Newtown Public Schools’ Safety Committee and has traveled across the country visiting schools and their communities to discuss security and safety. An active stay-at-home parent and involved community member, Alissa brings powerful perspective and passion to Safe and Sound Schools, of which she is a founding member, and the VPA, where she is a specialist. Alissa holds an Associate’s degree in Communications from Weber State University.
The annual Preparedness Summit (http://preparednesssummit.org/) is the first and longest-running national conference on public health preparedness. Since its beginning in 2006, NACCHO has taken a leadership role in convening a wide array of partners to participate in the Summit; presenting new research findings, sharing tools and resources, and providing a variety of opportunities for attendees to learn how to implement model practices that enhance the nation’s capabilities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters and other emergencies.
“The chances of experiencing an event that displaces thousands of people are higher than ever in this country, due to our increasingly unstable climate and our reliance on a federal response system,” said Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, executive director of National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the national non-profit association representing the approximately 2,800 local health departments in the United States, including city, county, metro, district, and tribal agencies. “The Preparedness Summit is a premier opportunity for local health departments on the frontlines to gather and learn from our top experts and from each other on what it means to help create conditions for resilient communities in the face of disaster.”
About Violence Prevention Agency (VPA)
The VPA is committed to making the world a safer place by training and assisting others to implement effective violence prevention and intervention strategies. The VPA’s best practice methods are designed to detect, investigate, manage, reduce, and resolve behavior that compromises the safety and well-being of individuals and organizations. The VPA advises a broad range of individuals, government, and non-government organizations to improve their violence prevention strategies, including the assessment and management of incidents of violence and threats of violence. Their professional trainers, instructors, and speakers are passionate and proficient in teaching violence prevention strategies, and are dedicated to continued research in the field of violence prevention and threat management. For more information visit: http://www.violencepreventionagency.com/.