In 2002, the World Health Organization published a seminal report on Violence and Health, demanding greater attention from public health professionals to examine the causes and consequences of violence and the development of preventive strategies. Faculty at the Yale School of Public Health are involved in the teaching of and research on the negative health consequences of interpersonal violence on women’s health, as well as the effects of violence and forced displacement on neighborhoods.
YSPH researchers are developing interventions to improve trauma-informed care, as well as technology-delivered interventions to reduce the impact of violence exposure on young families.
Alongside the well-known public health consequences of global conflict and displacement, including increased mortality, higher risks of malnutrition and spread of infectious diseases, many displaced people require longer-term care for chronic conditions, including mental health issues resulting from protracted conflict. These factors, along with the economic and social impacts of conflict and displacement, put existing healthcare and social services under strain. Current YSPH research has brought attention to the neglect and abuse of women in childbirth, unmet mental health needs, and HIV risk in populations displaced by violence.