Welcome to the Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI)

John Meurer, MD, MBAJohn Meurer, MD, MBA

VPI Principal Investigator and
Professor and Director of the Institute for Health and Society
Medical College of Wisconsin

The Medical College of Wisconsin Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program invests in VPI to prevent child violence, to influence and motivate teens in peacemaking, and to develop community capacity to end violence in Milwaukee. Four community partner agencies, two dozen other community and academic organizations, youth leaders, parents, and neighborhood residents collaborate in evidence-based programs to achieve these aims. On our Web site, you will find a calendar of violence prevention community events, other opportunities for engagement and action, newsletters, research and evaluation reports, and presentations. We encourage you to sign up for our email list serve and to contact our staff with questions or suggestions. Join us in transforming Milwaukee to a healthier, violence-free city!

VPI Events

VPI Partners Host 2nd Annual Coming Together Gun Summit
Dec. 10, 2014

The Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) in partnership with Community Advocates, the City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention and Project Ujima hosted the 2nd Annual Coming Together Gun Violence Prevention Summit on Dec. 10, 2014. This year's theme was “Becoming a Change-Maker" and was designed to assist agencies and individuals on becoming better equipped in taking action to end the epidemic of gun violence that has hit our community.

The Summit, emceed by Derrick Shoates of Running Rebels Community Organization, featured presentations of service projects birthed from the previous Coming Together Summit. With an attendance of 200 participants, community youth and organizations had an opportunity to build upon efforts made this past year to foster new relationships and strengthen the great work being done by a new spirit of activism brewing in the community amongst the youth.

Somer Nowak, John Rakowski, Derrick Shoates
Somer Nowak, John Rakowski, Derrick Shoates

Dr. Stephen Hargarten presents to youth on the impact of gun violence from a public health perspective.
Dr. Stephen Hargarten presents to youth on the impact of gun violence from a public health perspective.

Be a Bridge Music Video

Be a Bridge

The Bridge Project is a campaign to inspire Milwaukeeans to unite for violence prevention. Bridges have long been symbols of making connections; not just connecting two masses of land, but also connecting people. The launch of the Bridge Project is meant to do just that, connect people of goodwill -- youth and adults - who are working on activities all across Milwaukee to build bridges of peace.

Milwaukeeans are encouraged to serve as bridges to non-violence in their community. Stories of Milwaukee bridge-building can be submitted on the Bridge Project Milwaukee Web site throughout the year.

Organizations and communities are encouraged to organize bridge projects through the year. Bridge projects can be promoted and documented on the Bridge Project Milwaukee Web site throughout the year.

Bridge Project awards will be presented at the end of the year to outstanding Milwaukee bridge builders. Bridge builders can be nominated on the Bridge Project Milwaukee Web site.


Youth Leadership

Join the VPI Youth Leadership Council! (PDF) An exciting opportunity for leadership development and training.  We are currently accepting applications for our Youth Leadership Council, which works cooperatively to provide planning and guidance related to the VPI's implementation priorities and objectives.  

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Milwaukee, WI 53212

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