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American Public Health Association
133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
APHA 2005
3133.0: Monday, December 12, 2005 - 10:50 AM

Abstract #110943

Partnering with a housing authority to address the problem of youth violence

Joan B. Castleman, MS, RN, College of Nursing, University of Florida, Box 100187, Gainesville, FL 32610-0187, 352 273 6362, jbcastle@nursing.ufl.edu

This paper will focus on a partnership between public health nursing and a subsidized housing neighborhood to address the problem of youth violence. Collaborating with critical community groups, a summer recreation program was developed. Prior public health nursing activities within the neighborhood facilitated program planning. The local housing authority provided required support and resources. As part of their public health nursing experience, senior BSN nursing students were involved with activities critical to the program's success. Youth violence in this area decreased after the first year. Importantly, based on recommendations by public health nurse faculty involved in the project, public housing officials invested more heavily in the program during the second year by hiring local elementary school teachers to provide reading activities and additional supervision for the children. Public health nursing involvement through this process fostered community partners assuming more ownership and responsibilities for the program, and the second year of the program yielded noticeable gains in participation from children and parents alike. It is anticipated this program will be continued. The example provided demonstrates the possibilities for improving health in public housing neighborhoods when housing authority officials view their mission broadly and perceive themselves to be part of a larger community. From a theory point of view,and in the context of this session, the partnership of nursing with public housing resulted in incremental gains of ‘social capital' within the neighborhood.

Learning Objectives:

Keywords: Housing, Social Justice

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

I wish to disclose that I have NO financial interests or other relationship with the manufactures of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services or commercial supporters.

Low Income Housing Policy: Issues of Social Justice, Social Capital, and Inequalities in Health

The 133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition (December 10-14, 2005) of APHA