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September 30, 2011

UNITY Updates

"Public Safety Is a Public Health Issue"—New Resources for Cities

In this new UNITY publication, Denver City Councilman Paul D. López describes innovative public health strategies that simultaneously address both gang violence and the lack of healthy, affordable food in west Denver. The urban farming and mural programs highlighted in “City Voices and Perspectives: Paul D. López” illustrate how the combination of political will and strong partnerships can transform neighborhoods for the better. Read this publication and others in UNITY’s City Voices and Perspectives series.

Where is UNITY in October 2011?

--10/4 webinar: Preventing Violence Is Critical to Our Nation’s Health: A Facilitated Discussion with Public Health Leaders, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PT / 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET. Hear remarks by Howard Spivak, the new director of the Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and join UNITY Co-Chair Larry Cohen in conversation with national public health leaders on preventing violence. The third in a series hosted by the CDC, ASTHO, NACCHO, APHA and Safe States Alliance, this webinar will feature an extensive question-and-answer session for the audience to interact with presenters. To submit questions for the panel in advance, please email victoria@preventioninstitute.org by Monday COB, OCt. 3. Register now.
--10/11, Washington, D.C.:
Criminal Justice 2036: A 25-Year Vision for Reform, 1:30 p.m. ET. At the invitation of The Sentencing Project, UNITY Co-Chair Deborah Prothrow-Stith will present her vision for criminal justice policy over the next 25 years and discuss promising strategies.
--10/13 webinar:
Parallel Worlds—Key Strategies for Preventing Violence in Schools and in the Community, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PT / 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET. Part of the UNITY Peer Learning Forum’s Bullying Prevention series, this webinar will explore shared strategies for schools and communities to prevent violence affecting young people. 
--10/19 to 10/21, Oakland, Calif.:
UNITY City Network Convening. Members of the UNITY City Network will build skills and share approaches on community engagement and overcoming budget challenges.

Journal on Violence and Health

Health care practitioners can play an important role in preventing violence, and the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine (AJLM) has dedicated its September issue to addressing violence as a public health issue. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Injury Prevention collaborated with AJLM on this issue. Read the articles to learn how clinicians can work to prevent violence and improve patients’ health.

Detroit Mayor’s Office Joins UNITY City Network

The UNITY City Network has benefited from the involvement of Detroit representatives, and UNITY is pleased to welcome the Mayor’s Office as a formal partner. UNITY commends Mayor Dave Bing for his leadership in preventing violence and his commitment to building a vibrant, healthy Detroit.

UNITY Staff Updates

Prevention Institute welcomes Victoria Benson and Maggie Barnes to UNITY. Victoria is a program assistant working on projects that prevent violence. Maggie Barnes is a New Sector resident who primarily supports the newly-launched UNITY Peer Learning Forum.

UNITY is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of the CDC’s national youth violence prevention initiative, Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE), and in part by The Kresge Foundation and The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF). Created in 1992 as an independent, private foundation, TCWF’s mission is to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness, education and disease prevention programs. For more information, visit www.preventioninstitute.org/unity.

In This Issue:

  1. City Voices Denver Publication
  2. October Events - 10/4 Preventing Violence is Critical to Health
  3. Journal on Violence and Health
  4. Detroit Mayor Joins UNITY
  5. UNITY Staff Updates

Rice Receives Angel of Peace Award

Congratulations to Connie Rice on receiving the Angel of Peace Award from the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles (VPCGLA). Connie is co-director of the Advancement Project in California, and both the Advancement Project and VPCGLA are UNITY partners. Read City Voices and Perspectives: A Call to Action for Connie’s presentation to the UNITY National Consortium on L.A.’s solution to the gang violence epidemic.  

St. Louis Judge Edwards Honored

Judge Jimmie Edwards is a national finalist in People Magazine’s 2011 Readers’ Choice Hero campaign, in recognition for his work with young people who have been expelled from traditional schools due to serious behavioral problems. Judge Edwards, a St. Louis native and UNITY City Network member, founded Innovation Concept Academy in 2009. Learn more by watching Judge Edwards’s 18-minute speech, “Encouraging the Incorrigible.”


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