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NACCHO 2016 Keynote Panel Features PHI's Linda Rudolph

July 18, 2016

Every year, local health department professionals gather at NACCHO Annual to share opportunities and challenges, learn how to adopt best practices, engage with federal and local partners, and gain insights from public health experts.

Join PHI's Linda Rudolph for this year's closing panel, Slow Violence, Health Inequity and the Future Well-Being of Communities,  which will focus on the ways in which health inequitywhich often takes decades to manifest its full impactis a form of slow violence, whereby whole communities have devastation visited upon them. The temporal aspect of this form of violence remains invisible and not typically reported.

Examples include policies and practices which impact communities over time such as hazardous waste, landfills, environmental poisoning, dispossession, mass incarceration, and even immediate death e.g. gun violence, as the effects and aftermath remain long-lasting. Such communities experience permanent, rather than post-traumatic stress.


Slow Violence, Health Inequity and the Future Well-Being of Communities
Thursday, July 21, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Room: Valley of the Sun
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Speakers include

  • Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH Director of the Center for Climate Change and Health, Public Health Institute
  • Donald Warne, MD, MPH Chair, Department of Public Health, Fargo, North Dakota
  • Moderator: Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MS, MD, Hon AIA Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences and Psychiatry, Columbia University - Mailman School of Public Health, New York, New York


Dr. Linda Rudolph will discuss the specific threats related to those populations made most vulnerable and the challenge posed by inertia, denial, and inattention to those most at risk. She will explore the need for new public narrative that demonstrates the urgency of action and vital role of public health in strengthening a growing social movement for change.

Dr. Fullilove will talk about the implications of gentrification, redlining, home foreclosure, and other forms of dispossession and historical trauma that create health crises for whole communities.

Dr. Warne will talk about consequences resulting from the dispossession of American Indian populations over the decades—the extraordinary historical trauma and its effects on entire populations.