Spring 2005 Health & Society News Archive

In January, 2005 Del Elliott was an invited presenter in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the National Association of Counties (NACO) sponsored conference: A National County Strategy to Prevent Violent Crime - Linking Early Childhood Development to Prisoner Re-Entry. Del's keynote title was: County Government and the Prevention of Violence: The Relationship Between Early Childhood Development and Re-Entry.

Del Elliott was also invited to present at OJJDP's (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention) Big Island Juvenile Mental Health Conference in Hilo in February and to meet with groups of providers and members of the probation department to determine the overall needs of the area and identify what violence, drug, and delinquency prevention programs have been proven effective and might be suitable for implementation there.

February found Del Elliott in Hawaii chairing a panel and presenting at the Western Society of Criminology's 32nd Annual Conference: Meeting the Challenge - Translating Research Into Practice. The title of Del's presentation was: Commonalities Among Effective Violence Prevention Interventions.

March 2005 saw Del Elliott traveling to Columbus, Ohio, to present at the 2005 PfS Evidence-Based Practices Symposium. Del was requested to be a luncheon keynote and to also conduct a workshop at the Ohio State University's Partnerships for Success Academy, Center for Learning Excellence. The title of Del's luncheon keynote was: Violence Prevention: What Works and What Doesn't and the title of Del's Workshop was: Implementing Evidence-Based Practices for Delinquency, Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention Programs.

Richard Jessor has been selected as the recipient of the Society for Adolescent Medicine's most prestigious award, the Outstanding Achievement in Adolescent Medicine Award, for 2005. The society is a multidisciplinary organization of professionals committed to improving the physical and psychosocial health and well-being of all adolescents. The Outstanding Achievement Award in Adolescent Medicine was established in 1981. The intent of this award is to recognize individuals nationally and internationally for their commitment to improving health and health care resources for adolescents and young adults. Although all recipients to-date have been members of the Society, awards are made irrespective of membership. Jessor will be presented this award at the society's annual meeting in Los Angeles on Friday, April 1, 2005.

On May 11th, Del Elliott was the invited keynote presenter at the 36th Annual Juvenile Court, Community and Alternative School Administrators of California Conference in Sacramento, CA. Del's keynote address was devoted to the subject of violence prevention and intervention and what works and what does not. The importance of fidelity to proven interventions was also stressed.

At the invitation of Interim Chancellor, Philip DiStefano, June 13-16, 2005 found Del Elliott traveling with the Chancellor, and various other members of CU, on an Outreach Tour through rural communities in Colorado, including Durango, Montrose, Grand Junction and Steamboat Springs. The purpose of the trip is to reacquaint alumnus, parents of incoming and current students, donors and key community members with the strengths of the CU-Boulder campus, its faculty and education. The agenda also includes interviews with media and meetings with school administrators and legislators. Inside CU article...

Richard Jessor was an invited participant at the Rockefeller Foundation meeting on "HIV/AIDS and Human Development in the 21st Century: Challenges for the Social Sciences." The meeting was held at the Rockefeller Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy, June 17-21, 2005. Participants were from the United Kingdom, South Africa, Vietnam, India, Senegal, Kenya, and Thailand, as well as the U.S. The meeting was part of the strategic planning process undertaken by the new president of the Rockefeller Foundation, Judy Rodin, and may signal a possible shift from support for technological solutions to the pandemic to a stronger interest in the potential contributions of the social sciences.