Online Program

Reducing youth violence and retaliation through hospital-linked intervention

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Melissa Bayne, PhD, Youth Development, Wellspace Health, Sacramento, CA
Academics and public health professionals have come to approach the topic of violence as a preventable public health epidemic. The Sacramento Violence Intervention Program (SVIP) was developed to address the public health crisis of youth violence in the greater Sacramento Area. A partnership between and a non-profit, 330 funded Federally Qualified Health Care public health organization and a local hospital trauma center1, SVIP aims to reduce re-injury and retaliatory violence through 6 months to 1 year of intensive case management services and mentoring. By providing young victims of violent injury (ages 15-26) and their families with comprehensive support services based on the principles of trauma-informed care, SVIP stops the cycle of violence and gives its participants another chance to live constructive, healthy lives. Data from the last two years of program operation demonstrates the undeniable successes of the SVIP. Of the 112 participants, 89% have not been arrested for a new offense since intake into the program and 99% have not been hospitalized due to a new violence-related injury. As a member of the National Network for Hospital-Based Intervention Programs, SVIP has received accolades for its innovative in-house GED program, Digital Story-Telling project, in-house link to mental health services and further integration of youth into community resources. Next steps for the program include its participation in national violence intervention research, the design and implementation of a youth advisory council and exploration of possibilities for transitional, safe-housing.

Learning Areas:

Other professions or practice related to public health
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe factors that constitute violence as a public health epidemic Identify three approaches to preventing retaliatory violence List three barriers to change as identified by trauma informed care

Keyword(s): Violence, Public Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the manager of the Sacramento Violence Intervention Program (SVIP) for two years, have a PhD in Psychology and am a faculty member of the Psychology Department at California State University Sacramento. I also have nearly 8 years experience in health and human services. My personal research interests include helping relationships such as mentoring and youth development.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.