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Columbia University Center for Youth Violence Prevention

Columbia University
Bruce Link, PhD - Principal Investigator
Mailman School of Public Health
722 W. 168th St. Suite 1609
New York, NY 10032
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The Columbia Center for Youth Violence Prevention (CCYVP) is a multidisciplinary collaboration of researchers and community mobilization experts and organizations dedicated to understanding and addressing the causes and consequences of youth violence in urban areas, including the neighborhoods of Washington Heights/Inwood, where the Center is located. Through its collaborative efforts, the Center is committed to developing, implementing and evaluating evidence-based interventions that are responsive to the evolving needs and concerns of culturally-diverse urban communities.

CCYVP was established as an Academic Center of Excellence by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2000. CCYVP's goals are to bring together researchers, practitioners, community representatives and policy makers; foster an integrated approach to youth violence in the Washington Heights/Inwood (WH/I) sections of New York City; monitor changes in youth violence in New York City in general and in WH/I in particular; understand and attend to the causes and consequences of this violence; develop, identify, support, evaluate and disseminate promising interventions; develop and implement an integrated, multilevel, community mobilization plan to reduce youth violence in the WH/I area; train a new generation of violence researchers and practitioners; and to disseminate findings locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

CCYVP addresses one of the nation's leading public health problems—youth violence. The approach to this problem is multilevel, multidisciplinary and action-oriented:

The goal of the Columbia Center is to develop a theoretically- and empirically-based
understanding of youth violence as to help develop an integrated multi-level intervention response.



Content Source: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Unintentional Injury
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