Ohio Programs – Please read the below and consider nominations you can make to represent the excellent work you are doing in your communities! – Debra

Dear Colleagues,
CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention is working to increase awareness, understanding, and commitment to violence prevention in a new “Tell Us About Your Hero” video series. The series will highlight people performing extraordinary acts of heroism in an effort to shift the culture and change the context in which violence occurs. Stories may focus on preventing violence types such as suicide, child abuse and neglect, sexual violence, intimate partner violence, elder abuse, bullying, or could be crosscutting about preventing multiple violence types.

What We Need
We are looking for compelling stories of people who prevent violence from happening where they live, learn, or work. We are requesting DVP teams, project officers, and partners to reach out to those they work with to solicit impactful personal stories of people working to increase protective factors and reduce risk factors to prevent violence. These stories can include but are not limited to:

* A community champion who addresses violence and embraces violence prevention efforts.

* Potential example: Group of students at GSU are working to change social norms on campus to reduce sexual violence by doing X, Y and Z activities. [Aligns with SV Technical Package: Promote social norms that protect against violence]

* About the person, organization/program, policy or hero, who protected them or prevented the violence from occurring.

* Potential example: State senator sponsors a bill requiring flexible telework and leave policies for parents with young children. [Aligns with CAN TP: Strengthen economic supports for parents]

* Family members of those affected by particular violence types and those who helped them through the challenges.

* Potential examples: A mother and father who experienced ACEs were preparing to have their first child. Recognizing the need to stop the generational cycle of ACEs, they sought parenting classes early, requested home visitation services, and connected to community resources. (Aligns with CAN: Enhance Parenting Skills to Promote Healthy Child Development & Intervene to Lessen Harms and Prevent Future Risk)
* A family notices teenage child struggling at school, dealing with bullying, and feeling down. They provide emotional support, reach out to their school about peer norms programs, and contact a counselor to work on parenting and coping skills (Aligns with SUICIDE: Promote Connectedness; Teach Coping and Problem-Solving Skills; Create Protective Environments)

How You Can Help
The series aims to increase awareness, understanding, and commitment to violence prevention and motivate people to get involved in creating healthy communities for all. Below are details on how to submit a story idea for consideration.

1. Write a brief note/storyline explaining why you think the individual or group should be featured. Be sure to include the violence type(s) (i.e., suicide, child abuse or neglect etc.) with the submission.
2. Send the note/storyline and violence type to Cole Youngner, Project Director at Banyan Communications,<>.
3. Following your submission, a Banyan Communications representative will contact you to gather more information about your idea. If selected, Banyan will then reach out to your nominee for an interview. All potential nominees will be vetted before final approval.

Please note, all submissions will be reviewed to ensure a broad array of stories showing protective factors in action are represented across the many violence types. However, not all submissions will result in a story.

About “Tell Us About Your Hero” Video Series
Violence is preventable. Hearing from people who prevented violence, and those who helped them, can inspire others to take action.

The “Tell Us About Your Hero” series will provide target audiences visual, first-person accounts of people helping to create healthy relationships and communities. The series will also help audiences understand that preventing violence is possible; assess risk and protective factors for violence; and identify potential partner organizations already working in violence prevention.

The series helps to fill a much-needed gap for first-person storytelling. Traditionally, public health stories have been told in the form of data and treatment approaches. “Tell Us About Your Hero” is a new, compelling way to learn about violence prevention and expand the commitment to violence prevention across the country.

Please send any questions about the process or guidelines to Molly Kurnit<>.

Thanks for helping to Veto Violence!

Jenny Dills, MPH