Welcome to the Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI)

John Meurer, MD, MBAJohn Meurer, MD, MBA

VPI Principal Investigator and Professor and Director of the Institute for Health and Society
Medical College of Wisconsin

The Medical College of Wisconsin Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program invests in VPI to prevent child violence, to influence and motivate teens in peacemaking, and to develop community capacity to end violence in Milwaukee. Four community partner agencies, two dozen other community and academic organizations, youth leaders, parents, and neighborhood residents collaborate in evidence-based programs to achieve these aims. On our Web site, you will find a calendar of violence prevention community events, other opportunities for engagement and action, newsletters, research and evaluation reports, and presentations. We encourage you to sign up for our email list serve and to contact our staff with questions or suggestions. Join us in transforming Milwaukee to a healthier, violence-free city!

VPI Events

17th Annual Urban Initiatives Conference – May 27, 2015

Moving Forward Together: Achieving Collective Impact

Collective impact initiatives have been a rapidly growing trend in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Typically such efforts convene all of the groups who can affect a community-wide outcome and coordinate their strategies and work to achieve them. Several efforts around the country, including in Milwaukee, have utilized this approach to move the needle substantially on issues like teen pregnancy prevention, high school graduation rates, and recidivism among ex-offenders. Many others are finding it challenging to collaborate in a more comprehensive way and achieve progress. Register now.

VPI News

Coordinate efforts to curb gun violence

May 19, 2015
View full story in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

How a public health approach can help curb violence

May 7, 2015
View full story in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

An abrupt cut, or a needed pause? Anti-violence effort ends

March 3, 2015
View full story in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

John Rakowski Discusses Importance of Collaboration to Prevent Violence

John Rakowski (Institute for Health & Society – Violence Prevention Initiative) discusses the importance of widespread collaboration to prevent violence in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on “Unite Milwaukee,” a day-long conference to engage people in their community to prevent violence.

John Rakowski and Senator Dodd at "Unite Milwaukee" conference

MCW: Injury Research Center Models Violence Prevention Project on Wales’ Program

MCW’s Injury Research Center received a one-year, $194,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice to translate a violence prevention model to the Milwaukee area. The project is modeled on a program in Cardiff, Wales that engages law enforcement, the health care sector, public health, and other stakeholders. The project is led by Dr. Stephen Hargarten (Emergency Medicine), Dr. Michael Levas (Pediatrics – Emergency Medicine) and Jennifer Hernandez-Meier, MSW (Emergency Medicine – Injury Research Center).
View full story in Wauwatosa Now

Youth Leadership

Join the VPI Youth Leadership Council! (PDF) An exciting opportunity for leadership development and training.  We are currently accepting applications for our Youth Leadership Council, which works cooperatively to provide planning and guidance related to the VPI's implementation priorities and objectives.  

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Milwaukee, WI 53212

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