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February 1, 2012

UNITY Updates

Public Health Contributions to Preventing Violence
Looking to prevent violence and not just react after the fact? This UNITY fact sheet highlights how public health adds value to any effort to address violence and complements criminal justice approaches. “Public Health Contributions to Preventing Violence” describes how public health’s unique perspective and areas of expertise could strengthen your initiative.

UNITY City Network Member Updates

  • Seattle’s Safe Youth, Safe Community: Promising results out of Seattle show that violence is preventable, not inevitable. The progress report “Safe Youth, Safe Community” (pdf)  shows that arrests of youth for violent offences fell by 20.5 percent in just two years, among other early successes. Learn more about Seattle’s approach by reading “City Voices and Perspectives: Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative.”

  • St. Louis in the News: Watch the CBS News interview of Judge Jimmie Edwards speaking about Innovative Concept Academy in St. Louis. This school was founded to educate young people who have been expelled from traditional schools for serious behavioral problems.

New Publications and Resources

CeaseFire Model Stops Shootings in Baltimore
A rigorous evaluation of Baltimore’s Safe Streets program shows that street outreach and violence interruption strategies can reduce homicides in affected neighborhoods by more than half. Based on the Chicago CeaseFire model, Safe Streets was evaluated by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with funding by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn more
about the study or read the full report. CeaseFire’s Ameena Matthews appears on The Colbert Report on February 1 and again for Frontline's February 14 premiere of "The Interrupters” documentary. CeaseFire is a UNITY partner and is mentioned in the UNITY Policy Platform

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. Public Health Enhances Prevention Efforts
  2. Success in Seattle, New L.A. Report, St. Louis in the News
  3. New Resources from IOM, CDC and for Hospitals
  4. Study Finds CeaseFire Model Works in Baltimore

CeaseFire on Colbert Tonight

UNITY partner CeaseFire will be featured on The Colbert Report on February 1. Tune in to hear CeaseFire Violence Interrupter Ameena Matthews promote “The Interrupters” documentary and the movie’s Frontline premiere, scheduled for February 14.

Awards & Recognition

Congratulations to David Lee on receiving the Award for Excellence in Public

Service from the American Public Health Association’s Injury Control and Emergency Health Services section. UNITY Co-Chair Larry Cohen presented the award to David, who is director of prevention services at CALCASA, the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Congratulations also to APHA's Mighty Fine, who was honored for his tireless support of efforts to prevent injury.

We were pleased to have David and Mighty join us for a UNITY Advisory Meeting at the King Center in Atlanta, where representatives of the UNITY Steering Committee, partner organizations and others gathered to explore opportunities to build and sustain momentum for a public health approach to preventing violence.

UNITY Co-Chair Larry Cohen and
Martin Luther King III at the  King Center

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