Special Initiative Projects
The Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) is a special initiative of the MCW Consortium on Public and Community Health, funded by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment through the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program.
The VPI is a community-based initiative that aims to:
1) decrease rates of violence in identified areas of Milwaukee and, possibly, other areas of Wisconsin, and
2) strengthen community capacity to prevent future violence.
The initiative uses both a public health and asset-based model that focuses on community strengths. This approach emphasizes preventing violence before it occurs, making public health science integral to identifying effective policies and programs, and integrating the efforts of diverse scientific disciplines, local organizations, and communities. The initiative intends to complement, not replace, other community-MCW academic partnerships and the many other excellent community violence prevention projects underway.
By investing in a long-term initiative, collaborating with many people and groups, and addressing the complex problem of violence from a public health standpoint, the initiative seeks to decrease violence and prevent its increase in the future.