Child Maltreatment Mapping Project

2016 Thinking Upstream Community Report

The Thinking Upstream: Mapping a Pathway to End Child Maltreatment report is the product of an ongoing research study with Dell Children’s Trauma and Injury Research Center and Children’s Optimal Health. The report aims to inform child maltreatment prevention programming in Travis County to better target preventive resources and education efforts toward areas of greatest need in our community. By releasing this child maltreatment report, we hope to inspire and mobilize academic, business, community service and civic leaders to join the effort to prevent child maltreatment in Travis County.

The maps in the report depict confirmed child maltreatment cases in Travis County from 2003 to 2012. For comparison, we have also included pre-existing maps from similar time periods produced by other respected entities, such as the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University, Children’s Optimal Health and the Community Advancement Network. In addition, we included findings from our summit, Thinking Upstream: Mapping a Pathway to End Child Maltreatment, wherein participants engaged in cross-sector guided conversations to inspire upstream thinking and provide recommendations for the prevention of child maltreatment in our community.

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2016 Thinking Upstream Summit

Dell Children’s Trauma and Injury Research Center and Children’s Optimal Health hosted the summit, Thinking upstream: Mapping a pathway to end child maltreatment, on July 14, 2016. The purpose of this summit was to promote community awareness, enhance knowledge and engage cross-sector community stakeholders in mobilizing our collective efforts.

We shared geospatial maps depicting confirmed child maltreatment cases in Travis County from 2003 to 2012. In addition, a strengths-based speakers’ panel highlighted four local organizations, representing complementary sectors that are building a strong foundation to end child maltreatment. Throughout the event, guided conversations occurred to inspire upstream thinking focused on informing action and policy in our community.