Friday, May 28, 2021

Resource: Supplement on Engaging Communities in Youth Violence Prevention


Violence is a leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 24 in the United States.

Today, CDC released an editorial series with the American Journal of Public Health, highlighting the National Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention (YVPCs). CDC YVPC community-level prevention strategies impact neighborhood, school, and workplace characteristics that increase or buffer against violence risk. The YVPCs work with multiple community stakeholders and partners and substantively engage youth in their selected communities to achieve sustainable community-level youth violence reductions.

This supplement includes YVPC lessons learned, youth violence prevention approaches, community-level intervention models, and insights on social determinants of health, structural racism, and social norms that impact youth.

See editor's choice Youth Violence Prevention: Building Local Power and Empowering Youths by Dr. David Satcher. 

Articles featured include:

Engaging Communities in Youth Violence Prevention: Introduction and Contents

The Lasting Contribution of Dr. Saba Masho on Youth Violence Prevention

  • Read the story of Saba Woldemichael Masho and her contribution to building the evidence for community-level interventions.

Youth Voices in Violence Prevention

  • Describes how YVPCs have empowered teens and young adults to share their experiences and skillsets to develop violence prevention strategies.

Developing and Implementing Community-Level Strategies for Preventing Youth Violence in the United States

  • Shares YVPC lessons learned and describes how YVPCs guide the development of community-level youth violence prevention strategies and the need to address institutionalized racism, discrimination, and inequality.

A Model for Effective Community-Academic Partnerships for Youth Violence Prevention

  • Demonstrates how developing and maintaining community organization partnerships has been critical for each of the CDC National Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention (YVPCs).

Social and Structural Determinants of Health and Youth Violence: Shifting the Paradigm of Youth Violence Prevention

  • Describes how YVPCs address conditions where people live, learn, work, and play by engaging community members in interventions to prevent violence.
  • Outlines the research and preventive approaches CDC Youth Violence Prevention Centers (YVPCs) have developed that can inform both youth violence and firearm violence prevention.

Youth and Violence: Changing the Narrative

  • Portrays how changing the narrative about youth violence and race is an important public health strategy for building and supporting conditions in which all youth can thrive.