"Public Safety Is a Public Health Issue"—New Resources for Cities
In this new UNITY publication, Denver City Councilman Paul D. López describes innovative public health strategies that simultaneously address both gang violence and the lack of healthy, affordable food in west Denver. The urban farming and mural programs highlighted in “City Voices and Perspectives: Paul D. López” illustrate how the combination of political will and strong partnerships can transform neighborhoods for the better. Read this publication and others in UNITY’s City Voices and Perspectives series.
Where is UNITY in October 2011?
--10/4 webinar: Preventing Violence Is Critical to Our Nation’s Health: A Facilitated Discussion with Public Health Leaders, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PT / 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET. Hear remarks by Howard Spivak, the new director of the Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and join UNITY Co-Chair Larry Cohen in conversation with national public health leaders on preventing violence. The third in a series hosted by the CDC, ASTHO, NACCHO, APHA and Safe States Alliance, this webinar will feature an extensive question-and-answer session for the audience to interact with presenters. To submit questions for the panel in advance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday COB, OCt. 3. Register now.
--10/11, Washington, D.C.: Criminal Justice 2036: A 25-Year Vision for Reform, 1:30 p.m. ET. At the invitation of The Sentencing Project, UNITY Co-Chair Deborah Prothrow-Stith will present her vision for criminal justice policy over the next 25 years and discuss promising strategies.
--10/13 webinar: Parallel Worlds—Key Strategies for Preventing Violence in Schools and in the Community, 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 explore shared strategies for schools and communities to prevent violence affecting young people.
--10/19 to 10/21, Oakland, Calif.: UNITY City Network Convening. Members of the UNITY City Network will build skills and share approaches on community engagement and overcoming budget challenges.
Journal on Violence and Health
Health care practitioners can play an important role in preventing violence, and the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine (AJLM) has dedicated its September issue to addressing violence as a public health issue. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Injury Prevention collaborated with AJLM on this issue. Read the articles to learn how clinicians can work to prevent violence and improve patients’ health.
Detroit Mayor’s Office Joins UNITY City Network
The UNITY City Network has benefited from the involvement of Detroit representatives, and UNITY is pleased to welcome the Mayor’s Office as a formal partner. UNITY commends Mayor Dave Bing for his leadership in preventing violence and his commitment to building a vibrant, healthy Detroit.
UNITY Staff Updates
Prevention Institute welcomes Victoria Benson and Maggie Barnes to UNITY. Victoria is a program assistant working on projects that prevent violence. Maggie Barnes is a New Sector resident who primarily supports the newly-launched UNITY Peer Learning Forum.
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.