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

Passionate Core: Prophetic Imperative - Criminal Justice Inequality Presentation March 17, 2015

With Milwaukee Lawyer Pete Koneazny

Recent events in Milwaukee and throughout the U.S. bring to light the inequality in our criminal justice system. People of color continue to be disproportionately incarcerated, policed, and given maximum sentences at higher rates than their white counterparts. These racial disparities in the criminal-justice system threaten communities of color.

Pete Koneazny will share his first hand experiences of the inequality of arrests and sentencing of African Americans in Milwaukee Criminal Justice System.

Pete Koneazny is the Litigation Director with Milwaukee Legal Aid Society and a member of First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee. He has headed up groups dispersing information on disparities in the system. 

6:30 - 8 p.m., $5 fee payable at the door
Presented by the Unitarian Universalist Church West, Adult Enrichment Committee, Brookfield, WI

Jewish Family Services and VPI Host Compassion Fatigue Workshop April 16, 2015

Burnout. Compassion Fatigue. Vicarious Trauma. 

These words are used to describe the effect and impact that caring for others can have on your personal and professional life. Many individuals become helping professionals because they want to make a difference. However, sometimes you can become so focused on assisting other to the determent of your own self.

Join Keynote Speaker, Mary Jo Barrett, MSW of the Center for Contextual Change in Chicago, as she discusses how helping professionals can cope with their own compassion fatigue. She will also address agency administrators, as they seek to recognize and prevent compassion fatigue in their own organizations.

Admission for this event is $10 (includes continental breakfast). The event will be held April 16, 2015 at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI from 8 a.m. - noon. To reserve a seat, contact (414) 225-1372 or RSVP@jfsmilw.org by April 9, 2015. View flyer (PDF)

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

VPI News

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

March 3, 2015
View full story in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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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