US Conference of Mayors Endorses Cure Violence

Cure Violence maintained a noticeable presence last week at the United States Conference of Mayors 80th Annual Meeting in Orlando. The nation’s mayors not only adopted a resolution in support of the Cure Violence model, but also heard endorsements from several of their own at a forum on Friday, June 15.

“Violence is a deeply rooted problem that can only be dealt with as a public health epidemic. The Cure Violence model is built on an idea that is exactly right. It is one of many tools that we have to use to get to the problem,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitchell Landrieu.

Mayor Landrieu joined Gary Slutkin, M.D., founder and director of Cure Violence, and Mayors Michael Nutter (Philadelphia), Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (Baltimore), and Ashley Swearengin (Fresno) on a panel to discuss the Cure Violence model’s effective public health approach to stopping shootings and killings. Additionally, Jane Lowe, Ph.D., iterated the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s longstanding support of the effort to spread the Cure Violence model to more cities, and Jennifer Whitehill, Ph.D., faculty affiliate at the Johns Hopkins University Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence, presented on the promising evaluation from Safe Streets, the Baltimore Cure Violence replication site, released in January 2012.

The Conference of Mayor’s Criminal and Social Justice Standing Committee backed a resolution on Wednesday, June 13, affirming support for Cure Violence’s public health approach to violence prevention. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore, who operates the Cure Violence replication site Safe Streets in her jurisdiction and also serves Chair of the Criminal and Social Justice Standing Committee, submitted the resolution, “Violence Prevention.”

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