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UNITY e-alert: February 4, 2014

Public Health Model Reduces Violence, Says Baltimore Health Commissioner

Street outreach and violence interruption can prevent shootings and killings, and cities say it is a key strategy for preventing violence. In this publication, Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot describes the success of the Safe Streets Baltimore program. For example, one neighborhood went nearly two years without a homicide, and non-fatal shootings dropped by more than one-third. This publication is based on Dr. Barbot’s remarks from a congressional briefing on the public health approach to preventing violence, co-sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressional Asian and Pacific American Caucus, and UNITY.

“What we’re doing in Baltimore conveys the power of public health in preventing violence,” said Dr. Barbot. “We’ve seen reductions in shootings because the Safe Streets program acts in concert with traditional public health principles—changing social norms, reducing risk, and providing alternatives to violent behavior.”

Browse the City Voices and Perspectives series to hear insights on preventing violence using the public health approach:

A Prevention Institute initiative, UNITY is funded in part by The Kresge Foundation to support multi-sector tools and training for preventing community violence and violence affecting youth. From 2005 to 2013, UNITY was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through two cooperative agreements, and in part by The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) from 2006 to 2009. Created in 1992 as an independent, private foundation, TCWF’s mission is to improve the health and people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness, education, and disease prevention programs.

Congratulations Seattle

In addition to coaching Super Bowl XLVIII winners, Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll is a champion for the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative and gang intervention. Watch this video interview with Coach Carroll for the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention.

Talk Show: Violence Prevention and Community Health

UNITY Director Rachel Davis spoke as part of a panel on the Institute for Health Care Improvement’s live audio program. Missed the show? Listen to the recording for how health care organizations can support efforts to prevent violence.

Safe Streets for Your City

Safe Streets Baltimore is the longest-running replication of the Cure Violence model. Learn more about Cure Violence by watching The Interrupters documentary and reading Interrupting Violence: How the CeaseFire Program Prevents Imminent Violence through Conflict Mediation, by Jennifer M. Whitehill and others. Cure Violence is a UNITY partner.

CDC Grand Rounds, Feb. 18

Watch "Preventing Youth Violence" online at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET on Feb. 18. Hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this session features Sheila Savannah of Houston and the UNITY City Network, and Howard Spivak, director of the CDC Division of Violence Prevention.

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