Friday News Roundup: Our Founder Takes His Message On the Road, Our Partner Sites Fight the Good Fight, And More Major Cities Gain Resources To Treat Violence As A Public Health Issue

Violence Interrupter In Brooklyn IS “Moral Courage” (Cure Violence Blog): Violence interrupter Kenneth Edwards, a violence interrupter at our partner site Save Our Streets (SOS) Crown Heights, in New York City, was recently profiled on YouTube’s “Moral Courage Channel”. We are proud to partner with people like Kenneth, agents of change in violence prevention efforts.

Doctor Says Violence Is a Contagious Health Problem, And Can Be Cured (Minnesota Public Radio): Our founder Gary Slutkin laid out the compelling case for treating violence as a public health issue when he spoke at recent Mayo Clinic “Transform” symposium. Thanks to Minnesota Public Radio, you can hear his important words in their entirety.

Cusp Conference 2013: Creativity With A Strong Chance of Thunder (DesignFeast Blog): Our founder Dr. Gary Slutkin was a presenter at the 2013 Cusp Conference in Chicago, where he shared how his work in epidemiology applies to his work against violence.

Dispatches from Killadelphia (The City Paper): This in-depth feature on violence in inner-city Philadelphia mentions the anti-violence work being done by our partner site CeaseFire Philadelphia.

Curbing Gun Violence Through Behavior Control (“Media Planet,” as featured in USA Today): USA Today featured a Media Planet package on Violence Prevention, including this article that provides a great overview of our approach and effectiveness.

Times Writers Group: Change Response to Violence ( This opinion piece does a wonderful job explaining violence as a public health issue, and includes a good overview about our founder Dr. Gary Slutkin and our approach.

Rutgers Professor Helps to Design Innovative New Policing Strategy in Trenton (Rutgers Today): The city of Trenton, New Jersey is undertaking a new policing program designed to reduce violence. Louis Tuthill, who will oversee the program’s research, has worked with Cure Violence Chicago on its research in the past.

Feds Give San Francisco $1 Million To Treat Crime As ‘Mental Health’ Issue (San Francisco Examiner): We are heartened to see more cities beginning to tackle violent crime as a public health issue. San Francisco just received a million dollars to do just that.

The 40 Best Documentaries on Netflix Instant (Paste Magazine): Hey Paste Magazine! Thanks for including The Interrupters in your picks for the top 5 of all available Netflix documentaries! We couldn’t agree more.

Research Lab Studies Mental Health Problems Facing At-Risk Youth (Health Canal): Youth exposure to violence is a major public health issue, and can lead to a wide range of mental health issues in a population that does not have proper resources available to treat them, according to this prominent research lab.