Last month, in a special report on the growing public health problem of violence, USA Today’s “Media Planet,” highlighted Cure Violence’s work using behavior change strategies to curb gun violence across the United States. The report also highlights other prevention programs like Elev8 Baltimore’s, ‘D-Stress Baltimore,’ a program that helps middle school-aged kids exposed to violence learn to better manage and respond to that stress and trauma.
Like Cure Violence, Elev8 Baltimore is a grantee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), a partner we’ve found invaluable in growing our innovative approach to violence in Chicago and far beyond. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President and CEO, Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, is one of four experts featured in the opening of the piece, shining some light on RWJF’s interest and investment in violence prevention:
Violence is an urgent public health problem, and its prevention is essential to building a strong, vibrant culture of health across America….It’s hard for children to grow up healthy if they live amidst violence. Toxic stress levels from repeated violence exposure can derail healthy brain development and have damaging, long-term effects on learning, behavior and health. We must intervene earlier to help kids traumatized by violence and intensify efforts to prevent it from occurring at all…. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supports promising strategies that foster healthy relationships and communities, and pairs them with research that builds the evidence to successfully reduce violence.
In addition to perspectives on gun violence, the report addresses many symptoms of the contagion of violence including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, intimate partner violence and the role that the social determinants of health play in increasing or reducing violence.
>> Download the full report: http://www.rwjf.org/content/dam/farm/articles/articles/2013/rwjf407959