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Meharry Medical College

Juarez, Paul D.
1005 Dr. D.B. Todd, Jr. Blvd
Nashville, TN 37208
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Project Title: Nashville Youth Violence Prevention Urban Partnership Center of Excellence.
Project Period: 9/1/2006 – 8/31/2011

The overall mission of this project is to establish the Nashville Youth Violence Prevention, Urban Partnership, Academic Center of Excellence (NUPACE) to promote an academic/community partnership that integrates prevention science with community action in order to reduce violence among youth 10-24 years of age in Nashville/Davidson County TN. NUPACE goals are lo: 1) Bring together researchers, practitioners, community representatives, youth and policy makers in an integrated; inter-disciplinary approach to prevent youth violence in Nashville/Davidson County. 2)Develop an integrated, multi-level, youth violence prevention strategic plan for Nashville/Davidson County that utilizes a public health approach; 3) Conduct a targeted, inter-disciplinary, program of prevention research that investigates the context, causes and consequences of youth violence that uses community-based participatory research methods; 4) Identify, support and evaluate promising interventions; 5) Establish a County-wide youth violence prevention surveillance system; 6) Monitor changes in violence among youth 10-24 years of age; 7) Facilitate communication about youth violence and prevention related activities to local partners; and 8) Translate and disseminate results of youth violence prevention research and programmatic activities to local communities, professional audiences, and policy makers. The NUPACE will bring together an interdisciplinary group of investigators with broad and cross-cutting expertise from Meharry Medical College, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee State University, and the Metro Public Health Department to advise and consult with public agencies, Alignment Nashville, other community representatives, and youth to incorporate scientific methods and evidence-based, practice knowledge, developmentally and culturally appropriate strategies, and neighborhood specific information into youth violence prevention surveillance, programming, organization, and research and evaluation methods. The NUPACE will utilize a strength-based approach, focus on primary prevention, and employ a developmental-ecological model that examines youth violence within the context of family, peers, schools, and community. It will employ a community based participatory research (CBPR) model that promotes and supports inter-disciplinary collaboration among academic and community partners in carrying out planning, research and evaluation, communication, and dissemination activities on effective youth violence prevention interventions, outcomes, and best practices. Three research projects will be carried out by NUPACE partners that test the developmental-ecological model. The Research Core will be responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating goals 3 and 4 and their associated objectives. The proposed large and small research studies will assess youth violence from a developmental-ecological approach that looks at youth within the context of family, peers, school, and neighborhood. To assess these contexts, it will use a multi-methods approach (qualitative, survey and intervention research methods, geo-coding/spatial analyses, hierarchical linear modeling, etc.). The plan is to test the important pathways through which the four community contexts (e.g., family, school, peer, and community) promote or moderate the risk of youth being a victim or perpetrator of interpersonal violence. Geographic profiling and spatial analyses will be used to look at how the relationship between risk and protective factors found in neighborhoods where youth live as well as where they go to school relate to outcomes of interventions designed to reduce risk for interpersonal violence. Additional measures of developmental and ecological factors including individual psycho-social development, family, peer, social/demographic, and crime patterns will be collected and their relationships to youth violence will be analyzed.


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