A Presentation by Jeff Jenson, PhD
Behavioral health problems among children and youth exact a heavy individual, social, and economic toll in the United States. Strong evidence from the past three decades indicates that we can prevent many behavioral health problems before they emerge. This presentation will review progress in promoting healthy youth development and preventing behavioral health problems among young people. Strategies to advance prevention practice and policy identified in Unleashing the Power of Prevention, an initiative of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare’s Grand Challenge: Ensure Healthy Development for all Youth, will be described. By unleashing the power of prevention through widespread use of proven approaches, we can help all youth grow up to become healthy and productive adults.
Jeff Jenson, PhD, is the Philip D. and Eleanor G. Winn Professor for Children and Youth in the Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver. His research focuses on the application of a public health approach to preventing child and adolescent health and behavior problems and on the evaluation of preventive interventions aimed at promoting healthy youth development. Dr. Jenson has published seven books and more than 100 articles and chapters on topics of child and adolescent development and prevention science. He is Chair of the Coalition for the Promotion of Behavioral Health and co-author of Unleashing the Power of Prevention, an initiative of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare’s Grand Challenge: Ensure Healthy Development for all Youth. Dr. Jenson is a fellow of Society for Social Work and Research and the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.