During this one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, Karyn Brownson and Tony Gomez, from the Violence and Injury Prevention Unit (VIP) at Public Health — Seattle & King County in King County, Washington, will provide a high-level overview of key policy planning, learning, and overall efforts. They will share key elements of injury and violence prevention work that other public health agencies can learn from and use as guides for their own policy efforts. This includes local, state, and federal efforts on traffic, water, and firearm safety.

Learning Objectives

  • Articulate a planning framework for public health policy work.
  • Understand the spectrum and steps of prevention.
  • Identify key elements of successful Washington state injury and violence prevention policies.
  • Understand how to anticipate and address racial, geographic, and other health inequities in policy work.

Intended Audiences

Local, state, and tribal public health practitioners


Karyn Brownson, MSW
Community Safety Manager, Violence and Injury Prevention Unit
Public Health — Seattle & King County

Tony Gomez, BS, RS
Manager, Violence and Injury Prevention Unit
Public Health — Seattle & King County

Discussion Questions

  • What is the burden of violence and unintentional injury?
  • What are useful policy frameworks for public health practitioners to use in our prevention efforts?
  • Firearm-related injury data show stark inequities based on race, gender, age, geography, and socioeconomic class. Where does policy fit in the landscape of solutions?



This webinar is supported by the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center.

Continuing Education Credits

Up to 1 CPH recertification credit may be earned by viewing this webinar. Visit the National Board of Public Health Examiners to learn more.

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Air Date: 
Wednesday, August 24, 2022, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PDT
Violence and Injury Prevention
1 hour
Hot Topics in Practice
Competency Domains: 
Policy Development/Program Planning Skills