Assessing Properties and Homes in Flint Neighborhoods

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By: Allison Krusky, MPH, MI-YVPC Research Associate While many people were indoors trying to beat the heat this summer, 6 Flint community members were out walking the streets evaluating the conditions of Flint properties. The Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center (MI-YVPC) Parcel Assessors evaluated over 6,000 properties over a span of 5 weeks. For properties with homes, Parcel Assessors evaluated …

Youth Violence: The Solution is not a Vaccine

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If there were four youth were killed within a seven week time period in your neighborhood, would you do something about it? When is enough, enough? These are some of the questions posed in Milwaukee earlier this month as a recent series of youth killings brought the issue of youth violence to the forefront. A public school representative, Superintendent Gregory …

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, …

Hands 4 Peace

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By: Pete Hutchison, YES Program Director It seems as a culture we are incredibly adept at using our hands for destructive purposes.  We often couch these activities in the cloak of competitiveness, the will to succeed, the survival of the fittest, pulling ourselves up by our boot straps and so on.  Taken on face value these are all good things, …

Creating Peaceful Communities

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By: Pete Hutchison, YES Program Director   “Peace is not an absence of war; it is a virtue, a state of  mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.”      -Baruch Spinoza Most often public health focuses on prevention. Yet, when it comes to violence we need to look beyond just prevention and develop ideas for creating peaceful communities. In order to …