As part of National Youth Violence Prevention Week, the state is urging local health departments, schools, churches and parents to get involved.
Youth violence is a public health concern, says Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. “Youth violence is a serious problem but it is preventable,” Hasbrouck said. “It is a legitimate public health concern, as significant as exposure to second-hand smoke, a severe influenza outbreak or a contaminated water supply.”
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While the state isn’t setting aside any extra money to combat youth violence, they are encouraging community organizations, churches, schools, parents and local health departments to visit the IDPH website for tips on preventing youth violence.