NEW YORK, March 20, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center and World Childhood Foundation USA today announced a two-day conference, "Ending Violence Against Children: Developing a Roadmap to a Healthy Childhood and Adolescence," March 22-23, in Stern Auditorium at The Mount Sinai Hospital. The conference brings together leading scientists, clinicians, policymakers, funders, and advocates from around the world to discuss the impact of violence in childhood and adolescence on brain development and mental health. The conference will also highlight the importance of focusing on practical strategies to raise awareness and investment in prevention, as well as education to end abuse and exploitation of children.
"Violence against children, including sexual abuse and exploitation, is a hidden public health epidemic in the United States and around the world, and one that bears a lifetime of burden for its victims, including mental health and substance abuse problems later in life, and the physical effects of repeated or chronic stress," said Angela Diaz, MD, PhD, MPH, Director of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center. "We need to identify concrete solutions to end this cycle of violence, and give children every opportunity for a bright future. Our goal with this conference is to come away with a realistic roadmap for action that can help ensure future generations grow up free from this abuse and neglect."
More than 50 experts will participate as speakers, panelists, or moderators over the course of the two days. They include researchers who study the physical, economic, and societal effects of violence against children; policymakers representing U.S. and international governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations; and representatives of funding and advocacy organizations. Among the speakers are scientist Bruce McEwan, the new Executive Director of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children; Howard Taylor, the renowned macroeconomist; Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University's Earth Institute, who will deliver a keynote address on the economic impact of preventing violence against children; and Ashley Smith-Juarez, National Director of the Clinton Foundation, who will lead a panel discussion on working across sectors to find innovative solutions to prevent abuse.
"Both World Childhood Foundation USA and the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center share the same vision – that no child should be exposed to violence and sexual abuse and exploitation," said Joanna Rubinstein, President and CEO of World Childhood Foundation USA. "This conference builds on the new opportunity provided by the UN Sustainable Development Goals framework. Hopefully, it will help to spur collective action and unprecedented collaborations to end all forms of violence against children, and will be an impetus for creating a roadmap to end violence against children by 2030 in New York, the United States, and globally."
For more information on the conference, visit: https://mssm.cloud-cme.com/.
Abuse and Exploitation Impacts Children in the United States
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Administration for Children and Families, approximately 676,000 children in the United States were victims of abuse and neglect in 2016, an increase of 3 percent over 2012. Of these children, 18 percent were physically abused and 8.5 percent were sexually abused. About 1,750 children died from this abuse and neglect – nearly five children each day.1 Little is known about the true number of children who are sexually exploited and trafficked in the United States, but estimates by the U.S. Department of Justice range from around 10,000 to more than 20,000 each year;2 some experts believe that these numbers may actually understate the magnitude of this problem.
About the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center
Since its establishment in 1968 as the first primary care program in New York specifically created for the health needs of young people, the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center has grown to become a model of excellence in adolescent health care nationally and worldwide, serving more than 11,000 young people in 2017. The Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center in New York City offers a comprehensive array of medical, mental health, and reproductive health services, plus prevention education to young people aged 10 to 22. The Center's multidisciplinary staff includes pediatricians who specialize in Adolescent Medicine, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, health educators and support staff specially trained to work with young people.
For more information visit https://teenhealthcare.org, or to make an appointment, call 212-423-3000.
About the Mount Sinai Health System
The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest integrated delivery system encompassing seven hospital campuses, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai's vision is to produce the safest care, the highest quality, the highest satisfaction, the best access and the best value of any health system in the nation. The System includes approximately 7,100 primary and specialty care physicians; 10 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the renowned Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the highest in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding per investigator. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 18 on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of top U.S. hospitals; it is one of the nation's top 20 hospitals in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, and Neurology/Neurosurgery, and in the top 50 in four other specialties in the 2017-2018 "Best Hospitals" issue. Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital also is ranked in six out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 12th nationally for Ophthalmology and 50th for Ear, Nose, and Throat, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West are ranked regionally.
For more information, visit http://www.mountsinai.org/, or find Mount Sinai on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
About World Childhood Foundation USA (WCF)
WCF envisions a world where all children are free from violence, sexual abuse and exploitation. Founded in 1999 by H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden, WCF supports the development of solutions to prevent and address violence, defend children's rights, and promote better living conditions for children. A United Nations accredited NGO, WCF raises awareness about child sexual abuse through programmatic support, global advocacy initiative #EyesWideOpen (co-founded by H.R.H. Princess Madeleine) and high-level meetings with government, academia, civil society, and private sector leaders. In 2016-2017, the WCF served over 73,000 clients – both directly and indirectly – in the United States alone and launched the Stewards of Children Prevention Toolkit mobile app (www.socapp.org) in partnership with Darkness2Light and Ericsson. Childhood USA is a board member of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.
For more information, please visit our website: www.childhood-usa.org
Tildy La Farge
Mount Sinai Press Office
World Childhood Foundation USA
1 U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children's Bureau. (2017). Child Maltreatment 2015. Available at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/research-data-technology/statistics-research/child-maltreatment. Last accessed February 20, 2018.
2 Swaner R, et al. Youth Involvement in the Sex Trade: A National Study. U.S. Department of Justice. June 2016. Available at https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/grants/249952.pdf?ed2f26df2d9c416fbddddd2330a778c6=jaccjssvkj-jdvsadwa. Last accessed February 27, 2018.
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