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

Jewish Family Services and VPI Host Compassion Fatigue Workshop April 16, 2015

Burnout. Compassion Fatigue. Vicarious Trauma. 

These words are used to describe the effect and impact that caring for others can have on your personal and professional life. Many individuals become helping professionals because they want to make a difference. However, sometimes you can become so focused on assisting other to the determent of your own self.

Join Keynote Speaker, Mary Jo Barrett, MSW of the Center for Contextual Change in Chicago, as she discusses how helping professionals can cope with their own compassion fatigue. She will also address agency administrators, as they seek to recognize and prevent compassion fatigue in their own organizations.

Admission for this event is $10 (includes continental breakfast). The event will be held April 16, 2015 at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI from 8 a.m. - noon. To reserve a seat, contact (414) 225-1372 or RSVP@jfsmilw.org by April 9, 2015. View flyer (PDF)

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.

MCW: Injury Research Center Models Violence Prevention Project on Wales’ Program

MCW’s Injury Research Center received a one-year, $194,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice to translate a violence prevention model to the Milwaukee area. The project is modeled on a program in Cardiff, Wales that engages law enforcement, the health care sector, public health, and other stakeholders. The project is led by Dr. Stephen Hargarten (Emergency Medicine), Dr. Michael Levas (Pediatrics – Emergency Medicine) and Jennifer Hernandez-Meier, MSW (Emergency Medicine – Injury Research Center).
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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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1801 N. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53212

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