Prevention Program

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The mission of the Violence & Injury Prevention Program at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center is to: "E.R.A.SE." violence & injury through Education, Research, Advocacy, & SErvice. It is the goal of the Program to have each of these four components as a part of each prevention program offered. 

The vision of the Violence & Injury Prevention Program is: To improve the health and overall well-being of the people in our
shared community by developing and implementing sustainable, innovative prevention and research initiatives that reduce the occurrence and consequence of violence and injury, ensure safer communities, and highlight the excellence of the Level One trauma services of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. 

Coordinator of the Violence and Injury Prevention Program: 

The Coordinator of the Violence and Injury Prevention Program is Katherine J. Smith, MSW. She is a Master's prepared social worker with a plethora of experience in abuse and violence prevention and intervention. Her entire professional focus has been on the improvement of services provided to at-risk children and families to reduce the risk of injury, neglect, abuse and domestic violence. Through her combined experience and education, she has cultivated a capacity for the development and management of programs and services that enable affective listening, assessment, analysis, and prompt response to the needs a diverse client population. Ms. Smith has the organizational, developmental and operational responsibility for all of the prevention programs within Violence & Injury Prevention Program. In addition, she currently utilizes her skills and expertise by serving on many community & state-based child abuse and injury prevention committees. 

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