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CHI St. Joseph to host ‘Conference to End Violence’

CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health has organized a conference next month on curtailing violence and promoting community safety.

The “Conference to End Violence” will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, March 19 and 20, at The Inn at Leola Village, 38 Deborah Drive, Leola. For more information and to register, click here.

There are five sessions each day, or 10 in all. The lunch and evening events are ticketed, the remainder are free and open to the public. Costs for ticketed events range from $30 for a single lunch plenary to $150 for the full conference.

Eugene Robinson

The sessions will cover the etiology of violence from a public health perspective and address specific subcategories of violence: Violence in schools, political violence, intimate partner violence, attacks targeting the LGBTQ+ community, stopping mass shootings.

The conference will culminate with a conversation at 6 p.m. Wednesday featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post, who will talk about healthy communities with CSI St. Joseph President Phil Goropoulos.

“Lancaster County has not experienced the level of violence seen and reported in other parts of the United States and around the world,” CSI St. Joseph said. “While that is a blessing, we cannot assume this will always be the case unless we actively work to create a healthy and safe community in which every resident can thrive.”

The nonprofit is presenting the conference in partnership with the Steinman Foundation with support from the Lancaster County Community Foundation.