CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: April 26, 2001
Lundell to discuss workplace violence May 9 in Council Bluffs
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- John Lundell, deputy director of the University of Iowa
Injury Prevention Research Center, will deliver a presentation titled "Violence
in the Workplace" from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 9 at the Council
Bluffs Public Library, 400 Willow Ave., in Council Bluffs.
The event, part of the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce's "Building
Block" series for Chamber members, is open to the public. The cost of
the presentation is $10. To register or for more information, contact the
Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce at (712) 325-1000.
Last month Lundell and colleagues in the UI College of Public Health released
a report that identified workplace violence as a significant public health
concern, one that affects two million workers each year. The report, "Workplace
Violence: A Report to the Nation," was the result of a workshop held
last year in Washington, D.C. The workshop brought together experts from industry,
labor, academia and the government to study workplace violence and more clearly
define the scope of the problem. The report called for a major research funding
effort in order to better understand the issue and develop ways to reduce
and prevent cases of violence in the workplace.
"Workplace violence has become a public health issue," Lundell
said. "It's not just a crime issue, a private industry issue or labor
issue. More discussion -- and more research -- is needed to develop ways to
prevent workplace violence from occurring and to address the ramifications
when it does occur."
The presentation is sponsored by the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce,
in cooperation with the Southwest Iowa Regents Resource Center and the UI
Organizations interested in hosting a speaker from the UI should contact
Jane Hoshi at (319) 384-0017, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more
details, visit the Speakers Bureau Web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/speakersbureau.