Healthy Youth: Strong and Connected

Project Overview

4th Funding Cycle Impact Award
     Project Start Date:          7/1/2008
     Project End Date:          6/30/2011
     Original Award Amount:   $449,203
     Adjusted Award Amount: $376,019*

Project Goal Statement: The objective is to decrease violent, intentional injuries and improve mental health by providing the Staying Alive violence prevention curriculum to 4,500 6th grade children in Milwaukee Public Schools via firefighters, community workers and teachers.

 Community Partners:

Primary Community Partner: Milwaukee Public Schools
Additional community partner organization names:

  • Milwaukee Fire Department
  • Children's Service Society of Wisconsin (Project Ujima)
 Academic Partners:

Primary Academic Partner: Marlene Melzer-Lange, Md, Department of Pediatrics
Additional Academic Partners: Dawn Zahrt, PhD, Department of Pediatrics

 Project Progress Summary Reports:

     Project Progress Report Summary 7/1/2008 - 4/30/2009
     Project Progress Report Summary 5/1/2009 - 6/30/2009
     Project Progress Report Summary 7/1/2009 - 12/31/2009
     Project Progress Report Summary 1/1/2010 - 6/30/2010
     Project Progress Report Summary 7/1/2010 - 12/31/2010
     Project Final Report Summary

 Affiliated Web Pages:

Children's Service Society of Wisconsin (Project Ujima)
Milwaukee Fire Department
Milwaukee Public Schools

 Project Dissemination Efforts (as reported by project partners)
  • Media
  • Posters
    • Poster presentation at the HWPP Community Engagement for Health Conference. Milwaukee, WI. October 26, 2010.
    • Poster presentation at Medical College of Wisconsin Student Research Seminar. September 2010.
  • Presentations
    • Workshop presentation at the International Violence, Abuse and Trauma Conference – Community Academic Partnerships in Violence Prevention. International Violence, Abuse and Trauma Conference. San Diego, CA. September 2009.
    • Presentation at Wisconsin Public Health Association Annual Conference. May 2010.
    • Presentation at the Community Pediatric Residents Conference. May 2010.
    • Presentation to the Las Vegas Urban Safety Task Force. September 2010.

    • Presentation at the International Violence, Abuse and Trauma Conference. September 2010.

    • Presentation at the American Academy of Pediatrics. October 2010.

    • Presentation to the Injury Free Coalition for Kids. Chicago, IL. Nov 2010 and Nov 2011.
    • Presentation to the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions. Baltimore, MD. March 2011.
    • Presentation to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Public Health. On Public Health. March 2011.
    • Presentation at the National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs. April 2011.
    • Presentation to the Pediatric Academic Societies. Denver, CO. May 2011.

*In 2009 award amounts, based on the remaining budget, were adjusted to reflect the decline in endowment asset value due to the downturn in the economy.

Contact Us

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment Research and Education Program (REP)
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Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP)
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