April 2015 – Gary Slutkin Selected for Illinois’ Highest Honor: Order of Lincoln

Gary presentation imageGary Slutkin, M.D., Founder & Executive Director of Cure Violence, will be honored for his work as 2015 Recipient of the Illinois Order of Lincoln, the state’s highest honor for professional achievement and public service. The Order of Lincoln will be presented at the 51st Convocation of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois in the chambers of the Illinois House of Representatives in Springfield on Saturday, May 9, 2015. A gala reception and dinner in honor of the 2015 recipients will be held at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield.

“This year’s recipients of the Order of Lincoln have helped make Illinois and the world a better place,” Governor Rauner said. “The work they have accomplished is admirable, and it is our privilege to honor them. Mr. Lincoln would be proud.”

In addition to Gary Slutkin, this year’s Order of Lincoln recipients include Arthur H. Bunn, CEO of Bunn-O-Matic Corporation; Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme; J. Roland Folse, Surgeon and Founding Chair, Department of Surgery at SIU School of Medicine; Sara Vaughn Gabbard, nationally recognized Lincoln Scholar and Executive Director of the Friends of Lincoln Collection; and W. Russell Withers, Jr. previous chair of the Illinois Broadcasters Foundation, posthumously honored for his work in broadcasting.

Marquell Harris, Kansas City, Missouri:  Youngest Violence Interrupter on Staff at Aim4Peace

Marquell MillerPhoto Courtesy of Ink Magazine

Meet Marquell Harris, the youngest violence interrupter (24 years old) on staff at Cure Violence partner Aim4Peace: Violence Prevention Program in Kansas City. He was profiled by Ink Magazine recently. His advice to at-risk teens, “We all have struggles. It’s hard for everybody, no matter who you are, what color you are. Struggle is universal. It’s how you move on that decides who you become, and there’s beauty in that.” Well said, Marquell!

Ronal Serpas, Ph.D., new Cure Violence International Advisory Board member, pens Wall Street Journal Op  Ed

Ron Serpas, former Superintendent of Police in New Orleans, former Chief of Police in Nashville and Director of the State Police in Washington recently joined the Cure Violence International Advisory Board. Concerned about the fractured relationship between law enforcement and the community in many cities, Ron and Gary Slutkin are working together to develop training materials specifically geared to help law enforcement understand the contagious nature of violence and understand how a health approach to violence prevention can interrupt and prevent violence.

Cure Violence Hospital Intervention Component of Health Approach Gains Support Through New Study

Chicago HospitalThe American Academy of Pediatrics published a new study this month reinforcing the importance of proactive hospital intervention at trauma centers when high-risk youth present to urban Emergency Departments for assault. These youth have an elevated rate of subsequent firearm violence. The study showed that interventions at an index visit addressing substance abuse, mental health needs, retaliatory attitudes and firearm possession may help decrease firearm violence among urban youth.

Cure Violence maintains a hospital intervention component within its health model. In Chicago alone in 2014, specially trained hospital responders served over 1,300 patients suffering from GSW or blunt trauma injuries at Northwestern, Stroger, and Advocate Christ Community hospitals. The team remains on call 365 days a year and responds to all in-bound Level 1 trauma center patients and families when an act of violence is the cause of the injury.  Cure Violence is advocating its program partners throughout the U.S. adopt a hospital intervention component as part of the Cure Violence health approach to violence prevention.

Cure Violence Awarded JAMS Foundation 2015 Warren Knight Distinguished Service Award; $25,000 Grant

JAMSCure Violence was awarded the 2015 Warren Knight Distinguished Service Award by the JAMS Foundation at a Seattle meeting of the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section on April 17, 2015.

JAMS is the largest private alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provider in the world. The Warren Knight Distinguished Service Award recognizes the work of extraordinary individuals and organizations in promoting and advancing collaborative forms of dispute resolution. Named in honor of JAMS Founder, H. Warren Knight, a pioneer in the development of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), the award honors recipients’ commitment to helping prevent and resolve conflict in the communities they serve. The award is accompanied by a $25,000 grant to Cure Violence.

“On behalf of our 350 staff who work in high-risk communities daily to interrupt violence and mediate potentially lethal conflicts, I want to thank the JAMS Foundation for its support for our work to change individual behavior and community norms. To be recognized by the JAMS Foundation, the largest private alternative dispute resolution provider in the world, for our work in conflict mediation is truly an honor,” said Gary Slutkin, M.D. Executive Director of Cure Violence.

Former US Attorney and CeaseFire Advisory Board Member Advocates for Health Approach in Crain’s Chicago Business

Scott LassarScott Lassar, former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois and a member of the CeaseFire Illinois Advisory Board, penned a Letter to the Editor that appeared in Crain’s Chicago Business recently reiterating the importance of implementing a health approach to violence prevention in Chicago. “Nothing robs Illinois and Chicago of a booming, growth-oriented economy and its ability to attract new businesses and industry more than youth violence. Cities like New York, New Orleans, and San Antonio, Texas, use their police departments to curtail youth violence in high-risk neighborhoods but also utilize an epidemic-control approach to violence prevention in high-risk communities.”