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May 29, 2013

Sharing UNITY Lessons on a National Stage

June 5-6: UNITY at “Safe Today, Safer Tomorrow” conference in Baltimore 
UNITY will be in the house at this national conference, sharing lessons learned in eight years of work preventing violence. UNITY Project Director Rachel Davis will kick off the session, “A Public Health Approach to Preventing Community Violence: The Safe Streets Baltimore Program,” and provide the national context for Safe Streets, Baltimore’s street outreach and violence interruption strategy. This panel is part of the joint annual meeting of Safe States Alliance and the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR). See the conference website for details, and live-Tweet with @UNITYinitiative and @SafeStates at #safe2013.

More sessions with UNITY:

  • June 5, 6 p.m. “Preventing Youth Violence:  Cross-Sector Solutions for a Complex Problem,” a poster presentation. UNITY will introduce a tool to strengthen multi-sector efforts to prevent violence. Based on the Collaboration Multiplier framework, this tool was developed in part from interviews with UNITY City Network representatives.
  • June 6, 1:30 p.m. “Innovative Approaches to Preventing Violence,” a concurrent session. Convening partners is an important role for public health in efforts to prevent violence. Come hear about UNITY convenings and how these events have helped promote local connections and inspire work on the ground. Hear what’s happening in Baltimore from Jacquelyn Duval-Harvey of the Baltimore City Health Department, Melvin Russell of the Baltimore Police Department, and Philip Leap of the Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence.

June 13: UNITY at NCSL’s “Strategies For Preventing Injury And Violence” in Keystone, CO
At this State Team Meeting for the National Conference of State Legislators, UNITY’s Rachel Davis will talk about how to prevent violence using a public health approach and the implications for state action in a plenary session entitled, "Youth Violence in America: Strategies for Prevention.” Her remarks will feature successes from the UNITY City Network and highlight state-level supports identified in the UNITY Policy Platform. Following the session, state teams will break into work groups to discuss the implications for their own states. 

Now Online: UNITY Webinar on Community-Level Trauma
Watch the recording of Advancing Prevention in the Context of Community Trauma, featuring Howard Pinderhughes of UC, San Francisco and UNITY. 


A Prevention Institute initiative, UNITY is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kresge Foundation. For more information, visit www.preventioninstitute.org/unity.

Video of Deborah Prothrow-Stith 

UNITY Co-Chair Deborah Prothrow-Stith describes how she came to understand violence as a public health issue and how violence in U.S. cities today mirrors dueling in the 19th century. Deborah spoke in Chicago in March 2013. Check out the video here

Add “Reports from the Field” to Your RSS

Stay current on news, research and recommended reading with Reports from the Field, a UNITY web page on preventing violence in U.S. cities. 

PSAC Seeks Executive Director

Chicago’s Public Safety Action Council seeks an inaugural ED. PSAC will fund programs and build capacity to reduce violent crimes in Chicago. Find out more here


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