The Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI)
Welcome to the Violence Prevention Initiative website!
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 website, 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!
John Meurer, MD, MBA
VPI Principal Investigator and
Professor and Director of the Institute for Health and Society
Medical College of Wisconsin
The Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) is focused on reducing youth violence in Milwaukee neighborhoods. The work of the VPI is completed by community and academic partners, who together are implementing the initiative based on best-practice and evidence-based models. The approach of the VPI includes positive youth and family development programming aimed at preventing violence before it occurs, as well as building greater capacity throughout the community to prevent future violence.
Read about the current VPI Partnership Teams:
Holton Youth and Family Center Collaborative
UNCOM Violence Prevention Initiative
Ripple Effect Milwaukee: Spreading Peace and Building Communities (REM)
Safe Schools Healthy Students Lindsay Heights Initiative
Learn more about the VPI and its work, by visiting our resources section.
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