Unlike other public health issues, child abuse and neglect prevention has no “vaccine” or single solution to address this complex issue. It requires a multifaceted approach that shifts the focus to upstream solutions which prevent child abuse and neglect from happening in the first place, including:


  • Innovative, Evidence-Based Programs and Practices that improve child well-being and promote healthy child development, strengthen families, and meet the unique needs of different communities, cultures, and populations;
  • Family-Friendly Policies that support evidence-based programs and interventions that help keep families together, address the underlying causes that can contribute to child abuse and neglect, and provide supports to all families, especially those in high-risk communities;  
  • Cutting-Edge Research that helps provide direction and advance the field, and that can be translated into practice; and
  • Impactful Public Awareness that drives community engagement and understanding of the issues, promotes positive social norms and attitudes around the issues, and changes behaviors.


The 2019 Prevent Child Abuse America National Conference will examine these core components—innovative programs and practices, family-focused policies, cutting-edge research, and public awareness and engagement strategies—and provide the latest thinking to help drive the field toward upstream prevention so that every child has the opportunity to grow up safe and nurtured.


healthy families america pre-conference INFORMATION
September 15, 2019
Wisconsin center, Milwaukee, WIsconsin

As a bonus for the Healthy Families America (HFA) Network, there will be an exclusive pre-conference session specifically designed for those implementing HFA in their communities, as well as those who support HFA at a state or regional level. Led by HFA National Office staff, this intensive session will focus on supporting your efforts to implement the HFA model to fidelity, among other things. It is also a great opportunity to network and collaborate with your HFA colleagues from across the country and have a little fun along the way!
We’d love to have as many Healthy Families America affiliates and state leaders attend as possible. Due to space limitations we will have to cap registration at 200 participants. Space will be filled on a first come first serve basis and attendees must register in advance through this registration page. More details will be released in the coming months, but we encourage you to register today to reserve your spot!
We look forward to seeing you in Milwaukee!
Please contact if you have any questions regarding the conference and registration.