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October 31, 2011

UNITY Updates

The Blueprint for Action, a Minneapolis Success Story

This new UNITY publication highlights the effectiveness of the Blueprint for Action, a comprehensive strategic plan to prevent violence in Minneapolis. Violent crime in four prioritized neighborhoods fell by 43 percent in the first two years of the initiative, and the National League of Cities has recognized Minneapolis’s approach as among the most innovative models for preventing violence affecting youth. Part of UNITY’s City Voices and Perspectives series, “Blueprint for Action—Preventing Violence in Minneapolis” demonstrates how developing and implementing a strategic plan grounded in prevention is paying off for Minneapolis.

UNITY City Network Convenes in Oakland

Representatives of 18 cities in the UNITY City Network gathered at Prevention Institute in October to share best practices and hone skills for preventing violence. Over three days, participants explored how the UNITY RoadMap can help structure local efforts, and this framework guided conversation throughout the meeting. Key UNITY RoadMap elements that participants focused on include multi-sector collaboration, community engagement, strategy evaluation and funding. Participants also explored the UNITY RoadMap element programs, organizational practices and policies through a discussion of trauma-informed approaches, a site visit to Youth UpRising, and a special screening of “The Interrupters.” This documentary highlights the street outreach and violence interruption strategies of UNITY partner CeaseFire Chicago, and CeaseFire staff led a question-and-answer session after the screening.

Join UNITY and Prevention Institute at APHA

The American Public Health Association invited UNITY to present a special session on Nov. 1 at 10:30 a.m., at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. UNITY Program Manager Xavier Morales will present UNITY: Lessons Learned from a Six-Year Initiative to Prevent Urban Violence Using a Multi-Sectoral Public Health Approach. The session features Cleveland Public Health Director Karen Butler, Howard Spivak, director of the Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Kiersten Stewart, director of public policy and advocacy at Futures Without Violence. Other UNITY and related Prevention Institute presentations are:

Where Is UNITY in November 2011?

--11/9, Detroit, Mich.: PolicyLink Equity Summit 2011, 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. UNITY Co-Chair Larry Cohen presents on violence and fear of violence as a health equity issue at the workshop “Community Safety and Youth Development: How Opportunity for All Can Foster Safe Places.” Larry will share the latest UNITY Fact Sheet as a resource that demonstrates how preventing violence is an important component of any effort to promote health equity. 

--11/10 webinar: Making the Case—Prevent Bullying in the First Place, 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 build skills for participants to engage diverse partners and initiate multi-sector efforts to prevent bullying.

--11/11, Phoenix, Ariz.: National League of Cities Your City’s Families Summit, 3 to 5 p.m. Howard Pinderhughes will share how UNITY works with Cleveland and other cities in the UNITY City Network to prevent violence using the public health approach. Join Howard and Cleveland City Councilmember Kevin Conwell at the World Café/Speed Learning Session.

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 Minneapolis publication
  2. UNITY City Network Convening
  3. UNITY and PI at APHA
  4. Upcoming UNITY Events

Awards & Recognition

Congratulations to UNITY Co-Chair Deborah Prothrow-Stith on receiving the 2011 Exceptional Leaders Awards from the Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center. She shares the award with Charles Stith, former U.S. ambassador to Tanzania.

Congratulations to Esta Soler, founder and president of Futures Without Violence, who was named Huffington Post’s Greatest Person of the Day on Oct. 4. Esta serves on Prevention Institute’s Executive Advisory Board, and Futures Without Violence is a UNITY partner.

Billie Weiss at APHA

UNITY Co-Chair Billie Weiss will moderate a panel at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) in Washington, D.C. Join her on Nov. 1 at 10:30 a.m. for “From Norway to Florida: Mass Shootings, the Militarization of the Civilian Gun Market, and Attempts to Gag Physicians from Implementing Public Health Strategies to Prevent Firearm Injuries.

WHO Call for Abstracts

Co-sponsored by the World Health Organization, the Safety 2012 World Conference is accepting abstract submissions. Review the submission guidelines to present at this international safety conference, scheduled for October 1 to 4, 2012, in Wellington, New Zealand.

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