Date: Monday, May 20, 2013

Time: 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Emily Forestieri, (312) 915-6481, [email protected]

Venue: Loyola University Chicago, Water Tower Campus, Lewis Towers, Regents Hall, 16th Floor

Address: 111 E. Pearson Street, Chicago, IL, United States  Map

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Carol Harding Lecture Series
15th Annual Children’s Summer Institute

Broadening the Landscape: Child Protection through a Public Health Lens

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, child maltreatment is a public health issue:

  • Toxic stress can impair brain development.
  • Poverty, maltreatment, and discrimination in childhood can have a harmful effect on later health, learning, and behavior.
  • Research shows an association between child maltreatment and a broad range of health problems including substance abuse, intimate partner violence, teenage pregnancy, anxiety, depression, suicide, diabetes, and more.

What would it look like if we tackled the issue of child protection in a different way? What might a strong public health prevention system look like — one that promoted safe, stable, and nurturing relationships for children and prevented child maltreatment?

Join us for a discussion with researchers, practitioners, and legal representatives to learn about the challenges involved in tackling these issues, as well as the exciting and innovative programs that are in place to implement public health initiatives to strengthen families and protect children.


  • Barbara Shaw, Chair, Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership
  • Diane Scruggs, Executive Director, Healthy Families Chicago
  • Dr. David Anderson, Executive Director, Lydia Home and Founder, Safe Families for Children
  • Amy Zimmerman, Director, Chicago Medical Legal Partnership for Children, Health & Disability Advocates

The Children’s Summer Institute is an interdisciplinary program for social workers, educators, lawyers, psychologists, child development specialists, and child advocates. The Lecture Series is offered as part of a weeklong law and graduate student seminar convened by Civitas ChildLaw Center, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and Erikson Institute.

Continuing education credits

CEUs approved, $25 processing fee. Application for MCLEs is pending.


For more information or to register, contact Emily Forestieri at (312) 915-6481 or [email protected].