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Andrea Welsing is the Director of the Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. In this capacity she is responsible for coordinating a comprehensive approach to violence prevention across multiple sectors, community partners, and government agencies to ensure an effective countywide response to violence and trauma. OVP work includes participation in the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS), which tracks all violent deaths in LA County, and the Trauma Prevention Initiative (TPI), focused on reducing violence in South Los Angeles through Hospital Violence Intervention (HVI), Street Outreach and Intervention, Community Engagement, and Peer-to-Peer Learning.
Prior to her service with LA County, Ms. Welsing served in a variety of capacities with local nonprofits including First 5 LA, Minority AIDS Project, JWCH Institute, and Beach Cities Health District and ten years at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center where she provided oversight for a hospital based domestic violence initiative and two Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) sites.
Ms. Welsing received her Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of California Los Angeles, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California Berkeley. She has served as chair for the Countywide Criminal Justice Coordination Committee Youth Diversion Subcommittee, co-chair for the Board of Directors for the Family Violence Council South Bay, and three years as chair for the Board of Directors for South Bay Family Healthcare Center. In 2008, she received the Women Making a Difference Award from Soroptomist International Manhattan Beach.