Online Program

Collaborating for a Safer Houston by Design: Built Environment Interventions to Prevent Youth Violence

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Sheila Savannah, MA, Health and Human Services, City of Houston, Houston, TX
Given the range and complexity of the factors that affect violence, no single agency can prevent violence on its own; collaboration is vital. This session describes how the Houston Department of Health and Human Services adapted grassroots organizing techniques to recruit youth, community partners and other city agencies in joining a collaborative effort to prevent violence. Schools, social services, libraries, juvenile probation, public works and other agencies all have unique contributions and a stake in preventing violence. Learn which outcomes and measures appeal most to other sectors, and how local public health departments can leverage data to expand its partnerships and comprehensively address violence. The STRYVE Houston project is piloting Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED), based upon the theory that the proper design and effective use of the built environment can reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime, and improve the quality of life. Built environment implementations of CPTED seek to dissuade offenders from committing crimes by manipulating the built environment in which those crimes proceed from or occur.

Learning Areas:

Environmental health sciences
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Describe effective evidence-based or promising practices, strategies, methods, and programs to address and reduce risk factors associated with the leading causes of death. Define Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). Discuss methods of using local, state, regional, and national data and analysis tools to effectively communicate with, educate, and influence communities, partners, external agencies, boards of health, and elected officials.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a principle investigator on the STRYVE Houston grant and oversee the other adolescent health initiatives of Houston Department of Health and Human Services.
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.