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Conference will support effort to address child abuse in Lane County

Dr. Jeff Todahl at the 90by30 conference

Lane County residents, prevention specialists, educators and others will come together April 25 at Valley River Inn, 1000 Valley River Way, Eugene, for the third annual conference aimed at dramatically reducing child abuse in Lane County.

“Building Bridges: Connecting Communities to Prevent Child Abuse,” invites anyone who wants to prevent child abuse and neglect in Lane County to attend the all-day event featuring Australia’s National Association for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect, a middle school banner project involving 25 Lane County middle schools, the College of Education’s Dr. Charles Martinez discussing cultural translation of best practices, and the debut of the "What Would We Do Lane County" video series. The conference is organized by 90by30, an organization housed in the UO College of Education’s Center for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect whose goal is to reduce child abuse and neglect in Lane County 90 percent by 2030.

“There is every reason to be hopeful that we can prevent child abuse and neglect if we work together. This conference is one touchstone along the way in Lane County to doing just that,” said Phyllis Barkhurst, director of 90by30.

A scientific survey of 503 Lane County residents found that community members strongly endorse the importance of shared responsibility for child safety: 98.4 percent of residents agreed or strongly agreed that one of the most important responsibilities of adulthood is to ensure the safety of all children. The conference will feature practical steps and strategies to carry out that belief.

“We are much more likely to reduce child abuse and neglect in our community by changing the factors that allow it to occur, by more thoughtfully applying prevention and public health strategies that have proven effective, and by creating a Lane County-specific plan,” said Jeff Todahl, director of the Center for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect and associate professor in the college’s Couples and Family Therapy Program.

For information on the conference or to register, please visit 90by30.