APRIL 21, 2014 – Whitney Dockrey (NHS’15), a health care management & policy major at the School of Nursing & Health Studies, helped take on bullying during a recent panel convened by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council.
Held at the request of the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the April 9-10 workshop – entitled “Building Capacity to Reduce Bullying and Its Impact on Youth across the Lifecourse: A Workshop” – featured experts who discussed current research on bullying prevention, according to the institute’s Web site.
Dockrey says she was invited to served on the panel based on her work to empower youth to make “positive lifestyle and character choices to improve communities in meaningful ways.” She was the 2011 Oklahoma 4-H Hall of Fame recipient.
“I was so grateful to learn about and contribute to the innovative work HRSA, the IOM, and leading researchers in bullying and violence prevention are conducting,” she says. “It is such an important topic that affects youth and young adults’ lives forever.”
Between 25 and 33 percent of students in the United States say they have been bullied at school, according to www.stopbullying.gov, a Web site of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The event is part of a larger effort to address the topic.
“I left the workshop confident we are all taking steps in the right direction to address and mitigate these problems,” Dockrey says.
By Bill Cessato