The 19th Annual Partners In Peace Awards Luncheon will be at noon March 19 at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom at 201 SW Jefferson St.

Individuals and groups in the community who further the vision of the Center for Prevention of Abuse, to build a safe and peaceful community, will be honored. The luncheon also recognizes volunteers from the center for their dedication of time, talent and energy.

Keynote speaker Dr. Sara Rusch is the regional dean for the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. She is recognized as an educator and mentor of young physicians, an academic leader and a skilled clinician. UICOMP and the CPA are involved in a special initiative through a grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority.

This initiative involves the development of new training modules to educate residents, nurses and other healthcare providers to better respond to issues of abuse. This year the focus is elder abuse. The goal of cross training is to improve health care providers' response to abuse by establishing a system-wide understanding of abuse as a major health concern.

Tickets are $40 each, and tables of 10 are available. Make a reservation by calling Lisa Prather at 691-0551 or go to

Sponsors of the event include Ameren, WEEK-TV, HOI-19, Lite Rock 107, Verizon Wireless, CEFCU, Methodist Medical Center of Illinois, Bonnie Schofield in memory of Chuck Schofield, Farnsworth Group, Par-a-Dice Hotel Casino, Peoria Magazines, and Times Newspapers.