Event Details

Date: April 4
Time: 6:30 to 8:30
Location: Main Street Movies 5, 230 E Main St, Newark, DE 19711
Admission: $5 donation to A Family Affair requested

Lecture and a Movie: Violence and Public Health

Join the University of Delaware Partnership for Healthy Communities at Main Street Movies 5 as we discuss violence as a public health issue. The event features a showing of “A Family Affair” followed by a panel discussion with UD and community experts, and questions from the audience. You must register in advance.

About violence as a public health issue

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, violence takes many forms, including intimate partner violence, sexual violence, child maltreatment, bullying, suicidal behavior, and elder abuse and neglect. These forms of violence are interconnected and often share the same root causes. They can also all take place under one roof, or in a given community or neighborhood and can happen at the same time or at different stages of life. Understanding the overlapping causes of violence and the things that can protect people and communities is important, and can help us better address violence in all its forms.

Through creative expression, “A Family Affair” highlights the need to coordinate violence response and prevention strategies in a way that recognizes these connections and considers the individual in the context of their home environment, neighborhood, and larger community.

National Public Health Week

This event takes place during National Public Health Week (April 2 to 8) — a celebration of the power of prevention, promoting research and education on healthy and fair policies, sharing strategies for successful partnerships and championing the role of a strong public health system.

Meet our Panelists

Rita Landgraf (moderator)

Rita Landgraf (moderator)

Director, UD Partnership for Healthy Communities

Landgraf is a professor of practice and distinguished health and social services administrator in residence for the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences. She previously served as secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services.

Shirelle "Diamond" Hogans

Shirelle "Diamond" Hogans

Writer/director, A Family Affair

A public health prevention advocate, Hogans is an experienced nurse of 18 years and a “thriver” from experiencing multiple forms of trauma herself. Diamond has channeled her resilience and creative skills to become an international empowerment speaker, author, publisher, and now movie writer/director/producer to establish hope in the dark places of the world.

Kelibogile Setiloane

Kelibogile Setiloane

Associate professor, Behavioral Health & Nutrition

Dr. Setiloane’s research interests include maternal health, global health and nutrition, immigrant health and nutrition, cultural competency and health disparities.

Deianna Tyree

Deianna Tyree

Director of Domestic Violence Services, CHILD Inc.

Tyree oversees domestic violence shelters, a visitation center, a bilingual hotline and court advocacy programs. With the help of various justice and social welfare programs, she earned a master’s degree from UD in human development and family science.

Chiara Sabina

Chiara Sabina

Associate professor, Department of Women and Gender Studies

Sabina’s research centers on interpersonal victimization, especially intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and dating violence. She studies risk and protective factors for violence, including the role of community connectivity in healing from trauma. Sabina examines interpersonal violence among understudied populations, help-seeking responses and cultural influences on victimization and related help-seeking.

About the film


Locally filmed and produced by a volunteer cast and crew, “A Family Affair” is a grassroots “edutainment” film arising out of a vision by Writer/Director, Shirelle “Diamond” Hogans. In her job as a Delaware nurse and prevention educator, Diamond felt compelled to make a movie that started conversations about the challenges related to health, safety and well-being that her patients and youth faced- from violence and addiction to co-parenting and job security- and how these matters are intricately connected across individuals, families and communities. The film depicts the lives of four diverse families, celebrating love, family, friendship and resilience, while highlighting the importance of culturally-responsive and community-relevant strategies. It shows how places of worship, barber shops/hair salons, and community centers play a critical role in responding to and connecting people with resources, while giving insight to the social, economic and political forces that put some families at-risk for experiencing poor health and violence disproportionately.

This movie has mature content and is not recommended for children 14 and under.

Event sponsors

The UD Partnership for Health Communities, a Community Engagement Initiative, is proud to sponsor this event along with the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition (College of Health Sciences), Cooperative Extension (College of Agriculture and Natural Resources), the Health Equity Club, the Collegiate Recovery Community, the Delaware Academy of Medicine and the Delaware Public Health Association.

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