Online Program

Building the capacity and readiness of organizations and communities to implement youth violence prevention strategies

Monday, November 2, 2015

Xan Young, MPH, Health and Social Development Program, American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC

Mary Thorngren, Certified Health Education Specialist, Health and Social Development, American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC
Allison Dymnicki, PhD, American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC


The American Institutes for Research (AIR), with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is providing training and technical assistance (TTA) to 12 local health departments (LHDs) to enhance organizational infrastructure and build community capacity to support increased implementation of effective youth violence prevention (YVP) strategies, while increasing recognition of youth violence as a public health concern. This presentation will describe AIR’s approach to delivering TTA, which begins with an assessment of capacity and readiness to implement effective youth violence prevention strategies.


AIR’s approach to TTA facilitates change within the organization, workforce, and broader community to increase capacity to support implementation of effective prevention policies and practices. AIR will describe a multi-stage process whereby AIR conducted an environmental scan, conducted interviews with LHDs engaged in YVP, and conducted organizational and community capacity/readiness assessments with LHDs selected to participate in the YVP TTA Initiative. 


Presenters will describe key findings and will explain how those findings informed AIR’s approach TTA for LHDs. In addition, plans for ongoing quality assurance and quality improvement processes to maintain motivation and enhance capacity will be noted.


This session will focus on assessing and enhancing capacity and readiness to ensure successful implementation of evidence-based interventions to prevent youth violence.

Learning Areas:

Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Explain the vital role of community and organizational capacity in successful implementation of evidence-based youth violence prevention strategies. Formulate strategies for enhancing the capacity of their own organizations and communities to engage in a public health approach to youth violence prevention.

Keyword(s): Youth Violence

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have a master's degree in public health and more than 15 years of experience delivering training and technical assistance (TTA) on injury, violence, and suicide prevention. I currently manage and deliver TTA for the Youth Violence Prevention TTA Initiative, operated by American Institutes for Research and funded by the Centers for Disease Control adn Prevention, which supports local health departments and their partners in implementing a public health approach to youth violence prevention.
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.

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