Healthy Youth: Strong and Connected

Project Overview (PDF)

4th Funding Cycle Impact Award

    Project Start Date:          July 1, 2008
    Project End Date:            June 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.

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  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:
  Affiliated Web Pages:
  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. November 2010 and November 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.

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