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"Address Presented at the Surgeon General's Northwest Regional Conference on Interpersonal Violence, Seattle, Washington" [Reminiscence] pdf (186,525 Bytes) transcript of pdf
"Address Presented at the Surgeon General's Northwest Regional Conference on Interpersonal Violence, Seattle, Washington" [Reminiscence]
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Koop, C. Everett
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Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Domestic Violence
Exhibit Category:
Reproduction and Family Health
Metadata Record Address Presented at the Surgeon General's Northwest Regional Conference on Interpersonal Violence, Seattle, Washington (September 23, 1987) pdf (1,266,289 Bytes) ocr (17,850 Bytes)
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Series: Speeches, Lectures, Papers, 1958-2004
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Folder: Keynote- Surgeon General's North West Regional Conference on Interpersonal Violence, Seattle, WA, 1987 Sep 23
Lecture Vol. 12 #14 -- September 23, 1987 cover
Address by C. Everett Koop, MD, ScD
Surgeon General
U.S. Public Health Service
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Presented at the Surgeon General's Northwest Regional Conference on Interpersonal Violence
Seattle, Washington
September 23, 1987
I began by thanking the Steering Committee and especially the Chair of that committee, Karil Klingbeil, whom I had invited to the Leesburg Conference one year and eleven months before to talk to 170 of her colleagues from around the country. I wanted her to share her experiences establishing and running a workable interdisciplinary organization with a major hospital - one that deals compassionately and professionally with victims of violence. That's what she did, she did it in a very impressive way, and she wrote later to tell me she was starting working on a regional conference modeled on Leesburg. Naturally, I was delighted. I also thanked our resident representative in region 10, Assistant Surgeon General Dorothy H. Mann.
I reviewed a little bit of Leesburg and repeated that I believed then and I believe it still, that in the long run people in medicine and in public health will be the ones who will generate the most effective ways to prevent violence in our homes and our communities. I then listed the number of regional conferences that we'd had, some of the things that were happening in my office, including the joint law/health initiative and in general, mentioned a number of the things I'd referred to in my address to the 50th Anniversary Annual Conference of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 13, 1987, an address which is shortly before this one in this archive.
Among things I hadn't mentioned before, I talked about my meetings with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a thirty second, TV Public Service Announcement on spouse abuse and woman battering, and the Pittsburgh Woman's Center Manual on the treatment of women victims of domestic violence.
As for the previous lecture mentioned above, I went into the statistics of the 4 million people who are among our must vulnerable citizens. My message may sound simple, but it isn't. We need to be assured that each community is prepared to save the life of anyone of its members - even the most vulnerable and humble or disliked of its members - before we can say such a community is - itself-worth saving. I spoke of the need for a broader dissemination of our message to all of our colleagues in health care and in health-related social service. That led to a discussion of public education as well. I alluded to the difficulty in AIDS education as an example of how tough it could be. Just as we have to be very careful that AIDS does not poison the way Americans have always responded to illness and disease, we have the same concern about the generous, compassionate response - one that has never been mean spirited, pinch penny, or hate ridden - to interpersonal violence.
All ages vulnerable
Battering of pregnant women
Betrayal of American tradition
Betrayal of personal compassion & fair play
Betrayal of professional ethics
Child victims of sexual abuse
Civil rights trauma of the 60s & 70s
Comparisons of AIDS education to violence education
Cost of domestic violence
800 number hot lines
Frequency of interpersonal violence
Homicide against homosexuals
Homophobic violence
Institutional barriers to good care
Interpersonal violence in homes, schools, & streets
"Law/Health Initiatives"
Living without fear
Local women shelters
March of Dimes videotape
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Need for color blindness in AIDS
Perpetrators of violence
Pittsburgh Women's Center Manual on Treatment
Prevention of violence in homes & communities
Public education
Public Service Announcement on Spouse Abuse & Woman Battering
Response to AIDS victims
Response to illness & disease
Response to interpersonal violence
Series of regional conferences
Services to victims & their families
Spousal abuse
State coalitions
Statistics on battering
Teaching of violence in medical schools
Technical Bulletin of ACOG
Videotape: "Crime Against the Future"
Violence & emergency medicine
Violence & long-term physical & mental health care
Violence & people in medicine & public health
Violence & the police & the courts
Women battering
American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists
Detroit, Miami, Los Angeles
Karil Klingbeil
Dorothy H. Mann, Assistant Surgeon General
Surgeon General's Workshop at Leesburg
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