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HHS and DOJ Award $3M to Support Innovative Approaches to Curb Youth Violence

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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HHS and DOJ Award $3M to Support Innovative Approaches to Curb Youth Violence

Funding program seeks to reduce violence and help youth reach their full potential

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a new grant award of approximately $3 million to help curb youth violence and improve the health and well-being of underserved and distressed communities.

Despite significant improvements in the overall health status of the nation, youth violence and reduced access to public health services persist among racial and ethnic minority populations. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 4,700 young people ages 10 to 24 were victims of homicide in 2012 – an average of 13 each day. In this age group, homicide is the leading cause of death for African Americans, the second leading cause of death for Hispanics, and the third leading cause of death for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Nine demonstration sites will receive the grants through the Minority Youth Violence Prevention: Integrating Public Health and Community Policing Approaches (MYVP) program, a joint effort by HHS and DOJ to support interventions aimed at addressing youth violence, improving academic outcomes, increasing access to public health and social services, reducing disparities, reducing negative encounters with law enforcement and reducing violent crimes against minority youth. The sites will field initiatives that combine community policing and prevention approaches within a public health framework.

"Minority youth often face the toughest odds, such as lack of access to quality education and increased incidents of violence and hospital visits for urgent care," said J. Nadine Gracia, MD, deputy assistant secretary for minority health and director of the HHS Office of Minority Health. "The Minority Youth Violence Prevention program will help forge stronger and more innovative collaboration among public health and law enforcement officials and community groups to enhance more pathways to success in education, employment and health for all youth."

The grant funding is being awarded through and will be administered by the HHS Office of Minority Health, in conjunction with DOJ's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office). Under the MYVP grant program, the DOJ COPS Office is also awarding $500,000 to support an organization that will provide coordination, technical assistance and evaluation across the demonstration sites.

"Being smart on crime means that we proactively address the root cause of a problem and not simply respond to its symptoms," said Ronald L. Davis, director of the DOJ Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. "The MYVP initiative demonstrates our commitment to addressing youth violence as an urgent public health matter. The greatest deterrent to crime and violence is not a community saturated with cops — it is a neighborhood alive with residents."

The MYVP will support promising violence prevention and crime reduction models. The sites must also demonstrate improvements in coordination and collaboration among law enforcement agencies, public health and community entities.

The COPS grant award will support funding to convene the demonstration sites, assist the demonstration sites in identifying metrics and analyses to evaluate program impacts at the local level, and provide on-going technical assistance. At the conclusion of the project, the City of New York, Center for Court Innovation, will provide a comprehensive overview of the local efforts, including an assessment of how the programs implemented at local demonstration sites advanced public health and community policing approaches to violence prevention.

The MYVP awardees are listed below:

  • Asian Media Access, Inc. , Minneapolis, Minn. -- $380,000
  • Chatham County Board of Commissioners, Savannah, Ga. -- $220,100
  • City of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio -- $345,000
  • DeKalb County Board of Health, Decatur, Ga -- $357,557
  • Health Education Council, West Sacramento, Calif. -- $370,000
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital, Inc., Binghamton, N.Y.-- $325,536
  • Public Health Authority of Cabarrus County, Kannapolis, N.C. -- $362,668
  • City of West Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, FL -- $340,000
  • Youth Alive, Oakland, Calif. -- $133,333

The COPS Office grant awardee is listed below:

  • Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation, New York, N.Y., $499,938

For additional information about the MYVP initiative and grantees visit: www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov and www.cops.usdoj.gov.

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