2018 Conference
April 30 – May 2, 2018
The Westin Westminster
Denver, CO


The Blueprints Conference disseminates knowledge designed to bridge the gap between research and practice by bringing together research scientists, prevention experts, program designers, policy-makers, community leaders, advocates, practitioners and funders to share ideas and learn about evidence-based programs to prevent problem behavior and enhance positive youth development. In addition to presenting information on a number of evidence-based programs, the conference provides information on policy and implementation practice. We are fortunate to have some of the industry's top speakers join us at each of the Blueprints Conferences and always look forward to learning from their experiences.

Keynote Speakers

David Elliot
Delbert Elliott, PhD
Distinguished Professor, Founding Director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence

Delbert Elliott is the director of The Problem Behavior and Positive Youth Development Program in the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado. He is also a distinguished professor emeritus and research professor in the Institute of Behavioral Science. As a nationally recognized expert on juvenile violence and school safety, his work is both in theory development and testing. He focuses on crime, delinquency, and violent behavior. He is a past president of the American Society of Criminology. He is the Director of the National Youth Survey, the longest study of criminal behavior and drug use in a national panel of adolescents and young adults in the United States. Del’s books include Delinquency and Dropout (1974); The Social Psychology of Runaway (1978); Explaining Delinquency and Drug Use (1985); Multiple Problem Youth: Delinquency, Drugs and Mental Health Problems (1989); Violence in American Schools (1998) and Good Kids from Bad Neighborhoods (2006). Del is the Founding Director of the Blueprints for Violence Prevention Initiative which certifies effective violence prevention programs.

Jeff Jenson
Jeff Jenson, Ph.D.
Philip D. & Eleanor G. Winn Endowed Professor for Children and Youth Chair, Coalition for the Promotion of Behavioral Health University of Denver

His research focuses on the application of a public health approach to preventing child and adolescent health and behavior problems and on the evaluation of preventive interventions aimed at promoting healthy youth development. Dr. Jenson has published seven books and numerous articles and chapters on topics of child and adolescent development and prevention science. His books include Preventing child and adolescent problem behavior: Evidence-based strategies in schools, families, and communities (2014) and Social policy for children and families: A risk and resilience perspective (2016), which received the Best Edited Book Award from the Society for Research on Adolescence. Dr. Jenson is Chair of the Coalition for the Promotion of Behavioral Health and a co-author of Unleashing the Power of Prevention, a framework aimed at helping communities and states implement tested and effective preventive interventions for behavioral health problems. He is the recipient of the Aaron Rosen Award from the Society for Social Work and Research and the Distinguished Scholar and University Lecturer awards from the University of Denver. Dr. Jenson is the editor of the Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research. He is a former board member and treasurer of the Society for Prevention Research and a Fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research and the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

Jim Mercy
James Mercy,. PhD
Director, Division of Violence Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. Mercy provides leadership to innovative research and science-based programs to prevent violence and reduce its consequences. He has worked to develop the public health approach to violence prevention for more than 30 years. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Mercy oversaw global activities in DVP and implemented surveys on violence against children in developing countries as part of a global partnership called Together for Girls with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the World Health Organization (WHO), and others. He began working at CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer and was one of the first to examine violence as a public health problem. As a researcher, Dr. Mercy has authored more than 200 publications that span the areas of child maltreatment, youth and intimate partner violence, homicide, suicide, and firearm injuries. He has received honors from CDC, the Public Health Service (PHS), and Research America for his sustained outstanding leadership in bringing about the recognition of violence as a public health problem and establishing a scientific basis for the prevention of violent injuries. He also served as a co-editor of the World Report on Violence and Health prepared by WHO and on the Editorial Board of the United Nation’s Secretary General’s Study of Violence Against Children. Dr. Mercy received his master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology from Emory University. He is an adjunct associate professor of sociology at Emory University and at the Public Health Institute at Georgia State University, both in Atlanta.