Bullying is an important public health issue—one that HRSA and its partners address in communities across the country. Its prevention can improve the physical and mental health, and the safety and well-being of children and their families.
HRSA works to turn widespread awareness of bullying into meaningful action. Our efforts, combined with those of our partners, include developing and sharing research, guidance and resources at the national, state and local levels.
HRSA actively contributes to StopBullying.gov, a collaborative federal effort launched in 2011 that engages federal and community stakeholders from across the health, education, justice and youth domains in bullying prevention.
HRSA’s research-based resources give community leaders concrete tools to address, and ultimately, take steps to prevent bullying. Available in English and Spanish at StopBullying.gov’s Bullying Prevention Training Center, these action-oriented tools include:
Access the stakeholder-specific bullying prevention guides:
HRSA combines the work of researchers and experts from across the field of bullying prevention identifying the most effective strategies to prevent bullying and reduce its negative impacts.
HRSA engages with over 100 national, state and local partners who provide expert review and support in developing and distributing bullying prevention resources.
HRSA commits to ongoing research, like the commissioning of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) for the project: Building Capacity to Reduce Bullying and Its Impact on Youth across the Lifecourse.
This ongoing three-part project brings together researchers and experts in bullying prevention to gather current research on bullying, specifically:
The two-day workshop took place in April 2014, and featured expert presentations and discussion to highlight current research on bullying prevention as well as lessons learned from related areas of research and practice.
-- Read the Workshop in Brief -- Watch videos of the entire workshop
Building on the work done in the workshop, a committee of experts from the Institutes of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council (NRC) is currently conducting a consensus study that will produce a comprehensive report on the state of the science on:
Upon completion of the consensus study, the resulting research and recommendations will be published and promoted through multiple communication channels.
Follow the progress of the project – sign up for email updates via IOM’s site.
Through StopBullying.gov, HRSA distributes important bullying prevention research findings through webinars, trainings and ongoing promotion through StopBullying.gov .
Watch Moving from Awareness to Action in Bullying Prevention - a 2015 webinar presentation with the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO).
Bullying within a community is an indicator of that community’s overall health. For this reason, HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) added bullying prevalence to its National Performance Measures as part of the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant Program.
With the ability to measure bullying’s impact on public health at the community-level; HRSA will be better equipped to take actions toward improving the health, safety and well-being of children and families.
At the federal level, HRSA participates in the annual Federal Bullying Prevention Summit. Find out what happened in 2014, when the theme was “Keeping Kids Safe: Opportunities and Challenges in Bullying Prevention.”
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