142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Milwaukee's Collaboratively Run Holton Youth + Family Center: A Community-Academic Approach to Youth Violence Prevention

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Katherine Polace, M.S. , Holton Youth + Family Center, Wisconsin Community Services, Milwaukee, WI
Jacob Corr, J.D. , Team Captain Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office Community Prosecution Unit, Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office, Milwaukee, WI
Al Hegwood, MSW, M.Ed , Safe & Sound, Milwaukee, WI
Staci Young, PhD , Family and Community Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Jennifer Hernandez-Meier, MSW , Injury Research Center, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Background:  The Holton Youth + Family Center Collaborative (HYFCC) is one of four Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) community partnership teams.  HYFCC partner agencies are Wisconsin Community Services, Running Rebels Community Organization, Above the Clouds Arts Education Program, Malaika Early Learning Center, Safe & Sound, Milwaukee Police Department, and the District Attorney’s Community Prosecution Unit.  The HYFCC was created to join VPI’s public health and asset-based approach to decrease violence in Milwaukee neighborhoods and strengthen community capacity to prevent future violence. 

Methods: The Collaborative builds on the strength and expertise of its partners and has developed unique strategies to contribute to city-wide violence reduction and prevention including an extremely innovative relationship between law enforcement, community based organizations, and academicians. 

Results: The HYFCC’s efforts have led to the revitalization of the Holton Youth + Family Center which has had over 33,000 program visits since it re-opened in 2011.    

The HYFCC has made significant progress using a coordinated approach to relationship building as a vehicle for community level change.  The community-academic partnership with the MCW has proven effective in measuring the Collaborative's exponential growth and its capacity to build relationships in the community, specifically in the areas of partnerships and alliances, constituent involvement, program development, and assessment of environment and needs.  The HYFCC uses formal assessment as well as real-life examples to evaluate impact and utilizes this information to inform programmatic decisions and broaden networks.  This presentation will utilize real-life examples to discuss how HYFCC uses formal assessment and programmatic feedback.

Learning Areas:

Other professions or practice related to public health
Program planning
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe the Holton Youth + Family Center Collaborative and key programmatic strategies Explain how the Collaborative utilizes both the evaluation model and day-to-day program outcomes and feedback to inform programmatic strategies Describe the intersection between community organizations, law enforcement, and academicians as it relates to a public health and asset-based approach to violence reduction and prevention. Discuss key lessons learned and outcomes to date

Keyword(s): Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration, Youth Violence

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been working with at-risk youth in Milwaukee for the past ten years. My role as Program Director at the Holton Youth + Family Center means leading our eight organization collaborative and coordinating evaluation efforts with our academic partners.
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.