Leading Howard Pediatrician Participates in Anti-Bullying Campaign

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Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly versionWASHINGTON (October 9, 2014) – Howard University, along with partners Centene Corporation, its subsidiary, Cenpatico, and Children's National Health System marked the first year anniversary of the group's nationwide, three-year initiative to prevent bullying among school-aged children with an event entitled "No Bullying Zone" at the Newseum Knight Conference Center in Washington on Oct. 6, commemorating the annual World Day of Bullying Prevention. At the event, Joseph Wright, M.D., M.P.H., professor and chairman of Pediatrics and Child Health at the Howard University College of Medicine, participated on a panel of leading administrators, clinicians and educators who addressed bullying identification, intervention and prevention. "Everyone has a role in bullying prevention, including health care professionals," Dr. Wright said. "Physicians, particularly pediatricians, have tools to step up their recognition of the signs and symptoms of bullying, which can sometimes be disguised as constitutional complaints, such as a headache or stomach ache." The panel was moderated by award-winning journalist Mabel Jong and included Mary Mason, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer for Centene. Other activities included a reading by children's book author Michelle Bain, a performance by recording artist Marcus Canty, as well as the unveiling of an anti-bullying "graffiti wall" that has traveled to 19 schools across the country. Students from local Friendship Blow Pierce Junior Academy also participated in a lively question-and-answer session. Bullying has reached epidemic proportions in the nation's schools. More than 3.2 million students across America have been impacted by physical, verbal and cyber bullying. As part of its outreach, this national joint initiative, launched during National Anti-bullying Awareness Month in October 2013, has provided education and resources to almost 5,000 students as well as their teachers and parents on how to prevent, identify and appropriately intervene when bullying threatens school-age children. ABOUT HOWARD Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at www.howard.edu.
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