Walking the Walk

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By: Pete Hutchison, YES Program Director There are times in life when we are faced with the choice to act on our beliefs or to simply follow the easy path.  Robert Frost wrote about the road not taken, and I find myself thinking about the same thing. I am confronted daily with the specter of Flint and Genesee County leading …

Hometown Health Hero Award

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Every April, Michigan celebrates National Public Health Week. Each year there is a different focus area that highlights Michigan efforts. This year’s focus is “Healthier Michigan Begins Today.” If you know a person or group who deserves recognition as a Hometown Health Hero for going above and beyond (in any of the categories listed on the application) to prevent diseases …

Shutting Out the World: Preventing Violence in Flint

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By: Pete Hutchison, YES Program Director The real frustration of the current rate of violence in Flint is that there are so many concerned people working to prevent it.  There are active neighborhood groups, collaborations amongst the faith community, a multitude of youth serving organizations meeting together and looking for solutions.  Yet with all of this we still can’t seem …

YES is in the News

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Word is getting out about Youth Empowerment Solutions.  The press release and slideshow from the UM News Service has been picked up by numerous news outlets around the state and nationwide.  Here are some of the headlines: Michigan Program Led to Lower Crime and Fewer Violent Incidents among Kids ASPH Friday Letter – Jan 26, 2012 Program led to lower …

What Does Violence Have to Do With Public Health?

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By: Susan Morrel-Samuels, MA, MPH, MI-YVPC Managing Director According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, violence in the U.S. causes approximately 50,000 deaths a year and over 2 million injuries. In 2007, 18,000 people were victims of homicide and 34,000 people took their own lives.  Let’s think about that for a moment.  Cities like Sheboygan, Wisconson, Ames, Iowa, …

Reducing Urban Blight as a Crime Prevention Strategy

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Can programs like the Genesee County Land Bank’s Clean and Green Program prevent crime? Tom Reischl, PhD, Evaluation Director at MI-YVPC and the Prevention Research Center of Michigan, recently spoke to the Genesee County Board of Commissioners in support of funding for the Land Bank’s property maintenance programs.  His remarks are posted below:  Both violent crime and property crimes are …