“First Years Last a Lifetime: Tracing the Roots of Violence”

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Sponsored by the Children’s Foundation of Memphis and the UTHSC, the 21st annual Forum on Child Health will be held from 8 to 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, October 14 in the auditorium at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center.

Sponsored by the Children’s Foundation of Memphis and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, the 21st annual Forum on Child Health will be held from 8 to 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, October 14 in the auditorium at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center.

Titled “First Years Last a Lifetime: Tracing the Roots of Violence,” this year’s event will address how environment and nurturing can have a powerful impact on a child’s developmental potential. Case studies will be presented on why children commit violent behavior, followed by discussion on how youth violence can become an issue of national security and terrorism.

Program highlights include:

8 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – Welcome and Session Introduction by Russell W. Chesney, MD and Henry G. Herrod, MD, UTHSC

– “Commitment to Early Childhood,” by Mayor AC Wharton, Shelby County Mayor

8:45a.m. “Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing the Roots of Violence,” by Robin Karr-Morse, author and therapist

9:45 a.m. Question and Answer Session

10 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. “Consequences of Early Childhood Development on Criminal Behavior,” Robert L. Hutton, JD, Glankler Brown, PLLC

10:45 a.m. Question and Answer Session

11 a.m. “Early Childhood Brain Development Effects on Violence in our Community and Nation,” Congressman Harold E. Ford, Jr.

11:30 a.m. Question and Answer Session

11:45 a.m. Adjournment

The Forum on Child Health was established in 1983 through a generous gift from the Crippled Children’s Foundation. In 2001 the foundation’s name was changed to the Children’s Foundation of Memphis. The forum has become one of the largest pediatric seminars in the city addressing the most current topics relating to children’s health.

The registration deadline is Friday, October 8, and the cost is $10 per person. Checks should be made payable to the UT Health Science Center, and registration forms should be mailed to: UTHSC Forum on Child Health, 62 South Dunlap, Suite 500, Memphis, Tennessee 38163. For more information, call 448-7218 or 800-733-0482.