Senseless and even baffling levels of violence are raging out of control in the metro Atlanta area, the state of Georgia and the rest of the country, particularly in the Fulton and DeKalb county areas. TV One host and political connoisseur Roland Martin, the Rev. Bernice King and former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin are among the keynote speakers who are joining the The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority in its 4th Annual Health Summit addressing ways to lower violence in Georgia’s communities, particularly in two of the state’s largest and most populous counties.
Given the epidemic of violence in our local communities, across the nation and around the world, this year’s Health Summit focuses on the causes and elimination or reduction of violence.
The FDHA event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on October 28, 2015 from 8:30am – 5:00pm, at 265 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30303. the event is free and open to the public.
It will include much needed opportunities for dialogue between the general public, local, state and national leaders, police officers, mental health professionals, judges, members of the clergy, faith based communities, and other community leaders. The goal is for The FDHA’s 4th Annual Health Summit to elevate the issues of violence in our communities and help attendees discover, discuss and implement positive solutions to eliminate violence.
From national and global headlines to our local news, stories of violence unfortunately lead. Violence is among the most serious health threats in the world today. Throughout the world, more than 1.3 million people worldwide die each year as a result of violence in all its forms (self-directed, interpersonal and collective), including 475,000 homicide deaths according to the World Health Organization — Global Status Report on Violence Prevention 2014.
Violence jeopardizes the health and safety of the public in various ways. According to the Prevention Institute, (an organization that brings cutting-edge research, practice, and analysis to today’s pressing health and safety concerns) acts of violence are the leading causes of injury, disability, and premature death. Violence also increases the risk of other poor health outcomes, particularly and disproportionately among young people and people of color.
To register for the event in advance, and to glance at its itinerary, log onto www.thefdha.org