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In This Issue:

  1. CDC Funding Opportunity
  2. New Resources for Cities
  3. Prevention Institute Receives Award
  4. Recent UNITY Events
  5. UNITY Staff Updates

Congratulations to CeaseFire Chicago on the success of their award-winning documentary “The Interrupters.” PBS Frontline will air the movie later this year, so check local listings for when to watch and view the trailer. CeaseFire is a UNITY partner.
UNITY Updates

Funding for Local Health Departments to Prevent Violence

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will award $4.5 million over five years to local health departments to “work with other sectors in their community to stop youth violence before it starts.” Four grants averaging approximately $225,000 each year will be awarded to local, city or county public health departments to apply comprehensive strategies to prevent violence affecting youth. The application deadline is June 13. Read the announcement for how to apply.

New Resources for Cities to Prevent Violence

Prevention Institute and UNITY Co-Chair Honored
Prevention Institute was honored to accept the 2011 National Health Impact Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for outstanding contributions to the field of injury and violence prevention. UNITY Co-Chair Billie Weiss received the Alex Kelter Vision Award from Safe States Alliance for her leadership and research in the field.

Recent UNITY Events

  • 5/20: UNITY Project Director Rachel Davis and Neil Rainford of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presented “Preventing Violence through UNITY: Lessons Learned from a National Initiative” at a conference in Miami hosted by the Office of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi titled Preventing Crime in the Black Community.
  • 5/2: UNITY hosted a successful meeting of state health officials to advance state efforts to prevent violence in U.S. cities. Sponsored in partnership with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and Safe States Alliance, the meeting made connections between violence and other health issues and community concerns, and participants called the event “transformational.” Stay tuned for next steps.
  •  4/28: UNITY Project Director Rachel Davis emphasized the value of prevention at the Institute of Medicine Global Violence Prevention Forum’s workshop on the social and economic cost of violence. View the meeting agenda and presentations at the event web page.
UNITY Staff Updates
Prevention Institute welcomes Cyrée Jarelle Johnson. Cyrée works as a program assistant on UNITY and other initiatives that prevent violence. With her health education and media experience, Cyrée brings valuable skills to the UNITY team, especially in the areas of preventing sexual and domestic violence. Read her full bio. Also, we congratulate UNITY Program Manager Annie Lyles on the birth of her daughter, Sophia Estelle, on May 22. Everyone is healthy. Annie will rejoin us from leave in 12 weeks.

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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 (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

"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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