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 …

Genesee County Speak To Your Health! Community Survey

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Genesee County residents are invited to participate in the 2011  Speak to Your Health! Community Survey. The goals of the survey are to provide data to develop programs, inform policies, and generate resources; to identify and acknowledge community assets; to understand the relationships between residents’ health-related behaviors and perceptions, environmental conditions, and health outcomes; and to develop a more coordinated …

Michigan Radio — Empowering Flint Youth to Improve Communities

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Michigan Radio posted an article and podcast on the YES curriculum on their website. Here is an excerpt: Every week on What’s Working, we take a look at people and organizations that are changing lives in Michigan for the better. The Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center is targeting youth violence in Flint by getting kids involved in activities that improve …

YES Curriculum

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  We are pleased to announce that the Youth Empowerment Solutions for Peaceful Communities Implementation Guide is now available for free download through the University of Michigan TechTransfer site. To find out how to download the curriculum, please visit the YES website. YES is a theory-based after-school program that engages adolescents in conceiving, planning, and carrying out community improvement projects. The …

Marc Zimmerman Interview with Este University

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Professor Marc Zimmerman, Director of the MI-YVPC and the Prevention Research Center, recently did an interview with Este University regarding his work. You can watch the full interview of it tomorrow (September 16th) at 10AM: http://www.suagm.edu/une/paliqueando Read more about Marc Zimmerman’s work by visiting his profile on the School of Public Health’s website: http://www.sph.umich.edu/iscr/faculty/profile.cfm?uniqname=marcz

Do Video Games Influence Violent Behavior?

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By:  Roanna Cooper, MA and Marc Zimmerman, PhD, MI-YVPC Director An op-ed article appeared recently in the The New York Times  discussing the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down California’s law barring the sale or rental of violent video games to people under 18.  The author, Dr. Cheryl Olson,   describes how the proposed law was based on the erroneous assumption …

Who are those people walking around my neighborhood with clipboards?

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As part of the MI-YVPC evaluation, we are conducting property assessments in the intervention and comparison areas.  The purpose of the property assessment is to examine the effects of specific community change projects (such as community gardens)  on the maintenance and upkeep of properties. Starting Monday July 11th, a team of University of Michigan research assistants will be walking through …

Welcome to the Michigan YVPC

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Welcome to MI-YVPC Blog!  MI-YVPC seeks to empower youth and adults to create a more peaceful community in the Durant-Tuuri-Mott area in Flint.  We plan to use this blog to share information and discuss ideas about youth violence prevention.  This space is a venue for researchers, program leaders, and community members to contribute posts and comments. Check back frequently to …