New study examines implementation of YES program in real-world settings

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Translating evidence-based programs from controlled settings into real-world community settings is challenging. Inevitably, life gets in the way, and programs are not implemented as they were originally designed or intended. Measuring implementation factors can help guide future implementation and improve program outcomes. A new study, published in the journal, Health Promotion Practice, presents methods to document and assess implementation of the …

Experts develop public health action agenda around firearm injury

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Firearm deaths, including homicides, suicides and unintentional shootings have been prevalent in the United States since the turn of the 20th century.  Data suggest that firearm deaths now stand to surpass motor vehicle fatalities. Although there is a much debate in the country about the ways to address these issues, there is little research available to help inform policy and …

New study examines links between life satisfaction and school violence

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A new study led by our colleague, Jorge Varela at the Universidad del Desarollo in Santiago, Chile, examined the relationship between school violence and life satisfaction among youth, specifically looking at the role that school satisfaction may also play in that relationship. The researchers analyzed data from a sample of 802 seventh graders from three different cities in Chile. They found that being a victim …

Wayne State researchers adapt YES program to address healthy relationships

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We are excited to announce that Youth Empowerment Solutions, which was developed and tested in Flint, MI to empower youth to make changes in their community to address violence,  is now being adapted to address teen dating violence and is being implemented in middle schools in Wayne County, MI. Dr. Poco Kernsmith and Dr. Joanne Smith-Darden from the Wayne State …

Blight removal is a cost beneficial solution to firearm violence

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A recent study by our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania determined that blight remediation of abandoned buildings and vacant lots can be a cost-beneficial solution to firearm violence in US cities. The study was published this week in the American Journal of Public Health. The research team, led by Dr. Charles Branas,  analyzed the impacts and economic returns on investment …

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Learn how environmental design is helping prevent crime in Flint, MI

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We are pleased to announce the launch of our Story Map: Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design in Flint, MI. This new resource describes Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles and highlights how a community coalition applied them to address blight, reclaim neighborhoods, and establish a model for revitalization in Flint, Michigan. This Story Map was created in partnership with the …

YES and Greening findings presented at APHA

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Michigan YVPC faculty and staff presented several talks and posters at the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting in Denver CO.  Two YVPC presentations are highlighted below. If you have questions or would like further information, feel free to contact us. Measuring the Implementation of the Youth Empowerment Solutions Program Morrel-Samuels, S., Eisman, A.,  Franzen, S., Hutchison, P., Reischl, T., Zimmerman, M.A. …

What’s happening in the corridor: Renew the Avenue Activity Updates

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The Renew the Avenue project has just completed its first set of activity reports. Renew the Avenue is a three-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Justice to reduce crime and strengthen neighborhoods across the University Avenue Corridor in Flint, Michigan. Visit the Renew the Avenue project page to learn more about activities underway to eliminate blight, reduce crime, and engage residents in the …

Event: Newtown Live-A National Conversation

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Newtown, a documentary about the December 14, 2012 school shooting in Connecticut,  premiered at Sundance earlier this year and has been lauded by critics from coast to coast. Newtown comes to theaters Wednesday, November, 2 — one night only — for a special screening event, followed by a nationwide live town hall discussion that will be moderated by CNN’s Chris Cuomo. The …

YVPC partners presenting at Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference in Baltimore

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This week, Allison Krusky, UM Research Associate, Natalie Pruett from the Genesee County Land Bank and Tom Wyatt, Kettering University are in Baltimore Maryland, at the Center for Community Progress’ Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference (RVP) to learn about strategies being used to revitalize cities around the nation and to present findings from the LandBank, MI-YVPC and UAC projects in Flint, …