Youth Violence Expert / Physician
Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith is a nationally recognized public health leader. As a physician working in inner-city Boston, she broke new ground with her efforts to have youth violence defined as a public health problem, not just a criminal justice issue. Her passion for prevention was not satisfied with the emergency room work of “stitching people up and sending them out.” She turned to public health and, along with others, created a social movement to prevent violence that has had an impact on Boston and the nation. Dr. Prothrow-Stith was recently appointed as Dean and Professor Medicine for the College of Medicine at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Read More >
Community and Family Violence
Preventing Youth Violence
"Deborah was the PERFECT speaker for our event yesterday. She was passionate, informative, really connected to the event and people involved, and hit a home run with her talk. Please pass along my great thanks and appreciation for being part of this important event. And thanks to [APB] for your help!"
"The lecture was amazing! The attendees were overwhelmingly pleased with her presentation. I spent some one-on-one time with Dr. Prothrow-Stith and she is absolutely one of the warmest, down-to-earth but poised people I have ever met. I was beyond impressed with her personally and professionally, and really pleased that she was able to visit with us and present. Thanks so much for all of your assistance!"
"Dr. Prothrow-Stith, thank you so much for coming to Austin to give the keynote speech at CARY’s 5th Annual Autumn Benefit last week. Almost 200 supporters of our youth violence prevention program really enjoyed your presentation, “Combating the Deadly Consequences of Violence and Our Youth.” We heard so many positive comments about your view of youth violence as a public health crisis. We especially enjoyed the American history of dueling and we all learned a lot! Thank you again."
"Deborah was a joy! Her presentation was great. She spoke with such enthusiasm and compassion. She was very happy to come to a community-based organization convened conference of this nature. Even though we only had her for a short time, she was very impactful. Thank you so much for your assistance in scheduling her to come here. She is an amazing person and we are looking towards future interactions with her."
"Deborah was awesome!! After all the bumps along the way, it was a relief to see her smiling face and hear her words. Her pic does not do her justice, she's more even more beautiful and her aura makes you want to listen to what she has to say. The comments from our evaluations give similar comments. I am sold!"
"Thank you for the important role you played in making the AMA Alliance’s Leadership Confluence II such a great success. Adolescent Violence Prevention is a compelling public health issue. You certainly convinced participants on the need for communities and agencies to work together. The lively question and answer period demonstrated how much the audience was engaged and inspired. One women commented that she wish the program could have lasted even another hour."
"The program went really well. Prothrow-Stith is definitely the most impressive speaker we've had for this particular lecture in quite some time. She's very down to earth and engaging as well. She will be a hard act to follow."
"Our MLK event went very well and Dr. Prothrow-Stith did a marvelous job in incorporating the teamwork theme and MLK theme into her own presentation. She is a phenomenal and dynamic speaker."