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Loyola nurse partners with Cook County to reduce youth violence

Friday October 4, 2013
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An acute care nurse practitioner at Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill., partnered with the Cook County Department of Public Health in an effort to reduce youth violence in suburban Cook County.

Daria C. Ruffolo, RN, DNP, CCRN, ACNP-BC, provided the CCDPH’s violence prevention team with tools for key community leaders, social service workers and nurses in this area to select evidence-based youth violence-prevention programs. This training took place Aug. 9. The program addressed social skills, cognitive and behavioral interventions, parental training, family therapy and strategies to improve school environments.

“Youth violence has long been a critical issue for communities within the western and southern areas of suburban Cook County,” Ruffolo, who began teaching this course as she earned her doctorate from Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, said in the release. “Prevention and community mobilization are critical and complimentary tools that can strengthen a community’s capacity to effectively address youth violence.”

Ruffolo recently published research in the Journal of Trauma Nurses, which found that previous educational sessions with key stakeholders in suburban Cook County provided the skills necessary to identify programs that can best meet the needs of their communities. These officials also gained an appreciation for the efficacy of evidence-based prevention programs.


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