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UNITY Updates

 UNITY Policy Platform

The UNITY Policy Platform describes what needs to be in place on the ground in cities to prevent violence, and delineates the supports that cities need for their efforts to be successful and sustainable. Just released, the UNITY Policy Platform is a summary of the UNITY Urban Agenda, which emphasizes bringing to scale a multi-sector approach to reduce violence in U.S. cities. With support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The California Wellness Foundation, the UNITY Urban Agenda and Policy Platform were developed in partnership with representatives of cities across the country and are endorsed by the city representatives. We urge you to sign on to the UNITY Policy Platform. Cities can’t do this alone, but together we can create peaceful streets with thriving youth.   

Save the Date—UNITY Webinar
As we enter the new year, what is the landscape for violence prevention? Register for this webinar featuring UNITY Co-Chair Larry Cohen and Nancy Gannon Hornberger, executive director of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice. Larry will discuss the implications of Health Reform for violence prevention practitioners, and Nancy will provide an overview of pending and possible juvenile justice legislation.

Understanding the Current Context for Violence Prevention:
Updates on Health Reform and Juvenile Justice Legislation

Monday, January 10, 2011
11 a.m. to noon PST / 2 to 3 p.m. EST
Register now.

For those interested in health reform, Prevention Institute will co-host a webinar discussion on Monday, December 20, about the next steps for community prevention in the Affordable Care Act. Read the announcement.

UNITY Enhances Web Pages
The enhanced UNITY web pages feature innovations such as the Cities in Action interactive map and a searchable resource library of all UNITY publications and tools. The Cities in Action map highlights local efforts with its visual overview of how U.S. cities are preventing violence. The website also features the complete UNITY RoadMap. The UNITY RoadMap, which includes case studies and links to the latest resources, details the who, what and how of effective, sustainable violence prevention. Visit the new web pages today at www.preventioninstitute.org/unity.

Judge Challenges St. Louis to Educate All Youth

Judge Jimmie Edwards is a St. Louis native and UNITY City Network member who has served as a circuit court judge for the past 18 years. He opened Innovative Concept Academy in 2009, a school for juveniles who have been expelled from traditional public schools due to serious behavioral problems. The Academy has garnered national attention for its inventive approach from The Wall Street Journal, People and others. Watch the 18-minute video of Judge Edwards’s TEDx speech “Encouraging the Incorrigible.” See the Cities in Action interactive map to learn more about efforts to prevent violence in St. Louis and elsewhere. 

UNITY Welcomes a New Partner

UNITY welcomes the National Network of Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs (NNHVIP) as a new partner. (See all UNITY partners.) NNHVIP has a new website for sharing knowledge and best practices. Learn how to start a violence intervention program in your hospital at www.nnhvip.org.

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UNITY is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of the CDC's national youth violence prevention initiative, Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE), and in part by The California Wellness Foundation.

"Violence is not the problem of one neighborhood or group, and the response and solutions are not the responsibility of one sector of the community or of one agency, professional group, or business. Coming together and owning this problem and the solutions are central."

-Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Harvard School of Public Health

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