Special Initiative Projects

The Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) is a special initiative of the MCW Consortium on Public and Community Health, funded by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin endowment through the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program.

The VPI is a community-based initiative that aims to:
1) decrease rates of violence in identified areas of Milwaukee and, possibly, other areas of Wisconsin, and
2) strengthen community capacity to prevent future violence.

The initiative uses both a public health and asset-based model that focuses on community strengths. This approach emphasizes preventing violence before it occurs, making public health science integral to identifying effective policies and programs, and integrating the efforts of diverse scientific disciplines, local organizations, and communities. The initiative intends to complement, not replace, other community-MCW academic partnerships and the many other excellent community violence prevention projects underway.

By investing in a long-term initiative, collaborating with many people and groups, and addressing the complex problem of violence from a public health standpoint, the initiative seeks to decrease violence and prevent its increase in the future.

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Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI)   

The VPI’s primary goals are to decrease rates of violence in identified areas of Milwaukee and, possibly, greater Wisconsin and to strengthen community capacity to prevent future violence.  Read More

Academic Partners:

John Meurer, MD, MBA - Institute for Health and Society
Staci Young, PhD - Department of Family and Community Medicine

Community Partners: 

In 2010, two community partnership teams were selected through a competitive application process to decrease violence in Milwaukee and strengthen community capacity to prevent future violence:

 

In 2011, two community partnership teams were selected through a competitive application process to decrease violence in Milwaukee and strengthen community capacity to prevent future violence:

Project Progress:

Project Progress Report Summary 2/1/2010 - 6/30/2010
Project Progress Report Summary 7/1/2010 - 12/31/2010
Project Progress Report Summary 1/1/2011 - 6/30/2011
Project Progress Report Summary 7/1/2011 - 12/31/2011
Project Progress Report Summary 1/1/2012 - 6/30/2012
Project Progress Report Summary 7/1/2012 - 12/31/2012
Project Progress Report Summary 1/1/2013 - 6/30/2013
Project Progress Report Summary 7/1/2013 - 12/31/2013
Project Progress Report Summary 1/1/2014 - 6/30/2014

Project Dissemination Efforts (as reported by project partners):

  • Articles
    • Featured in an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Awards
    • Award received from the Unity for Service National Exchange Club for VPI’s special contribution to the prevention of crime in the community
  • Outreach Materials/Events
    • Distributed a Communications Flyer at multiple community events
    • Developed and distributed a bi-monthly newsletter to over 440 people
    • Co-sponsored a full-day community workshop with Safe and Sound focused on the usefulness of evidence-based practice and the importance of rigorous outcome evaluation in local programs
    • Hosted the “Bridging the Divide: Evidence Based Programming and Pragmatic Solutions to Violence Prevention” Conference on June 16, 2011
    • Developed and distributed the “Evidence for Action” report providing data to help understand the scope of youth violence
    • Participation by Dr. Hargarten in “Emerging Issues in Adolescent Health” consultation event hosted by Johns Hopkins University in October 2011
    • Participation by Dr. Hargarten in the Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Global Violence workshop “Communication and Technology for Violence Prevention” in December 2011
    • Developed and launched the Community Café Series: Nurturing a Caring Community providing education and discussion forums for community members
    • Highlighted in a radio interview on WUWM-FM88.9
    • Developed and distributed a VPI Fact Sheet and Brochure to community partnership teams and at various community events
    • Hosted a Resource Exchange Conference
    • Panelist participation by Dr. Mallory O'Brien for the 4th Street Forum, A Conversation: Violence, Guns and Our Culture in February 2013
    • Panel discussion at Sugar Maple in April 2013
    • Interview with Marquette University's Urban Journalism program on VPI efforts
  • Presentations
    • Presented at a skill-building session at the 2010 HWPP Community Engagement for Health Conference in October 2010
    • Presentation at the Mental Illness in Our Community: Lessons from Tucson Shooting Tragedy conference hosted by the MCW Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities
    • Presentation at the HWPP Community Engagement Conference in April 2011
    • Presentation at the AHW-WPP Leading the Way Joint Conference in September 2012
    • Presentation at the MCW Institute for Health and Society Retreat
    • Presentation at the University of Wisconsin Madison’s “Guns in America: Conflicting Points of View” Conference
    • Presentation at the "I Will Not Die Young Campaign" at Milwaukee Public Schools in March 2013
    • Presentation at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Global Action Through Engagement (GATE) in June 2013
    • Presentation at MCW PhD Orientation in August 2013
    • Presentation to the MCW Pathways Program in October 2013
    • Presentations to the Men's Network of Community Baptist Church in August and September 2013, Community Baptist Church of Greater Milwaukee in September November 2013, Redemption Fellowship Church in November 2013
    • Presentation to the Milwaukee Rotary Club in October 2013
    • Presentation at Brighter Futures to leaders of youth serving organizations in December 2013
    • Presentation at Thomas More High School in December 2013
    • Presentation at UWM Global Action Through Engagement in July 2013
    • Presentation at the American Public Health Association Conference in November 2013
    • Presentation at the Gun Summit: Coming Together in November 2013
    • Presentation at the Intergenerational Symposium in November 2013
    • Presentation at the UWM Black Male Youth Achievement in December 2013
    • Presentation to 130 high school students on public health approaches to violence prevention and local resources
    • Presentation to 70 City Year Milwaukee corps on local violence prevention efforts and related career paths
    • Presentation to 30 high school students at the MPS Youth Summit on local data and violence prevention resources
  • Publications
    • Co-authorship by Staci Young, PhD, entitled “Medical College of Wisconsin Violence Prevention Initiative Facilitating IRB Review of Community-Based Participatory Research” for the Association of American Medical Colleges
Contact Us

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment Research and Education Program (REP)
P: 414.955.8075 | E: ahw@mcw.edu

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP)
P: 414.955.4350 | E: healthierwisconsin@mcw.edu

Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226
414-955-8296
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