Online Program

Gun Violence and its impact on Children: Community strategies for prevention in Chicago

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 1:01 p.m. - 1:14 p.m.

Rebecca Levin, MPH, Injury Prevention and Research Center, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Strengthening Chicago’s Youth (SCY) is convened by Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago to achieve its vision of making Chicago the healthiest city in the nation for children. Every day children are exposed to violence in their communities, schools and homes, and the effects of exposure to violence can last throughout a lifetime. This presentation will share lessons learned from working with a coalition on gun violence prevention policy in Chicago from 2012-2014.


SCY’s mission is to build capacity among stakeholders to connect, collaborate and mobilize around a public health approach to violence prevention—adopting consistent messaging about the preventability of violence, promoting use of evidence-based violence prevention strategies and fostering multi-sector collaboration—encouraging partnerships that strengthen existing efforts and benefit the children of Chicago.


Chicago now has the highest number of homicides in the US, and the lethality of the City’s violence is driven substantially by easy access to firearms. SCY actively works through its network to promote evidence-based, common sense gun violence prevention policies at the city, county, state and federal levels.


Gun violence prevention policy is often a highly controversial topic, and building a coalition and achieving meaningful change can be challenging. Yet the depth and breadth of the problem also offer opportunities for building a passionate multi-sector coalition.


Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe strategies used in Chicago to keep guns out of the hands of youth through community led multiagency programs.

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

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Professional within the violence and injury prevention field for over 13 years. Strategic Director of Injury Prevention and Research Center at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Led the formation of and directs the Strengthening Chicago’s Youth (SCY) violence prevention collaborative, which builds capacity among stakeholders in multiple sectors to connect, collaborate and mobilize around a public health approach to violence prevention. Principal Investigator NIH-funded “Community-Academic Collaboration to Prevent Violence in Chicago”
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.