Grantee Profiles

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Local health departments are well-positioned to support violence prevention efforts due to their access to data, relationships with the communities they serve, partnerships across multiple sectors, and experience working with young people. Local health departments supported by this initiative are implementing prevention programs and activities that are:

  • At multiple levels of the social-ecological model, including the individual, relationship, and community levels;
  • Based on the best available evidence;
  • Addressing shared risk and protective factors;
  • Complementary; and
  • Reach the number of people necessary to have a community-wide reduction in teen dating violence and youth violence

The current grantees and the prevention programs they are implementing are listed below:

1605 Program: Preventing Teen Dating Violence and Youth Violence by Addressing Shared Risk and Protective Factors

Overview
The Monterey County Health Department’s (MCHD) Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE) Program focuses on implementing strategies that prevent youth violence before it starts in the county seat of Salinas. Through STRYVE, MCHD implements three prevention strategies and works with an active coalition of multi-sector partners.

Strategies and Approaches in Action
Teach Safe and Healthy Relationship Skills – Social-Emotional Learning Programs for Youth
Teaching safe and healthy relationship skills is an effective strategy for preventing teen dating violence.

Social-emotional learning is one primary prevention approach to teach safe, healthy relationship skills. Social-emotional learning programs for youth promote mutually respectful, caring, non-violent relationships among young people. These programs work with youth to help them develop social-emotional skills such as empathy, respect, and healthy communication and conflict resolution skills.

MCHD is implementing Safe Datesexternal icon, a social-emotional learning program for youth, with evidence of effectiveness. Safe Dates is a 10-session dating abuse prevention program to teach students about healthy dating relationships. This approach promotes social norms and beliefs that dating violence is preventable and not acceptable while building students’ conflict and anger management skills.

Promoting Family Environments that Support Healthy Development – Parenting Skills and Family Relationship Programs
Promoting family environments that support healthy development is an effective strategy for preventing youth violence.

Implementing parenting skills and family relationship programs is one primary prevention approach that promotes positive family environments. This approach supports caregivers and teaches communication, problem-solving, and behavior monitoring, and management skills. Specific program content varies by the age of the child. It often has consistent themes of child development, parental monitoring and management of children’s behavior, appropriate use of rewards and punishment, parent-child communication and relationships, and youth’s interpersonal and problem-solving skills.

MCHD is implementing Strengthening Familiesexternal icon, a parenting skills and family relationship program, to enhance family support and connectedness. Strengthening Families helps improve parents’ skills for disciplining, managing emotions and conflict, and communicating with their children; promoting youths’ interpersonal and problem-solving skills; and creating family activities to build cohesion and positive parent-child interactions.

Create Protective Community Environments – Modify the Physical and Social Environment
MCHD has also engaged in creating protective community environments for youth, another effective strategy for preventing youth violence.

Modifying the physical and social environment is one primary prevention approach to create protective youth environments. This approach enhances and maintains the physical characteristics of places people gather, to foster social interaction, strengthen connectedness, and increase shared trust among community members.

MCHD is implementing Crime Prevention Through Environmental Designexternal icon (CPTED), an environmental design approach focused on improving building design to reduce opportunities for disputes and violence and promote positive behavior. CPTED promotes positive interpersonal interactions and the safe use of spaces through enhanced visibility, access management, and proper maintenance and design. In Monterey County, CPTED is used to engage youth in the civic process and increase neighborhood support and cohesion.

Contact Info
Monterey County Health Department Website: www.mtyhd.org/STRYVEexternal icon

1605 Program: Preventing Teen Dating Violence and Youth Violence by Addressing Shared Risk and Protective Factors

Overview
The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) works with city agencies and partner organizations to implement teen dating and youth violence prevention strategies in neighborhoods with high youth violence rates. Plus, BCHD is enhancing a city-wide violence prevention strategic plan and participating in a multi-sector coalition.

Strategies and Approaches in Action
Teach Safe and Healthy Relationship Skills – Social-Emotional Learning Programs for Youth
Teaching safe and healthy relationship skills is an effective strategy for preventing teen dating violence.

Social-emotional learning is one primary prevention approach to teach safe, healthy relationship skills. Social-emotional learning programs for youth promote mutually respectful, caring, non-violent relationships among young people. These programs work with youth to help them develop social-emotional skills such as empathy, respect, and healthy communication and conflict resolution skills.

BCHD’s Office of Youth Violence Prevention is implementing Safe Datesexternal icon, a social-emotional learning program for youth, with evidence of effectiveness. Safe Dates is a 10-session dating abuse prevention program to teach students about healthy dating relationships. This approach promotes social norms and beliefs that dating violence is preventable and unacceptable while building students’ conflict and anger management skills.

Create Protective Community Environments – Street Outreach and Community Norm Change
BCHD’s Office of Youth Violence Prevention has also created protective community environments for youth, an effective strategy for preventing youth violence.

Street outreach and community norm change is one primary prevention approach to creating protective community environments for youth. This approach connects trained outreach staff with community residents to mediate conflicts, promote nonviolence norms, and connect youth with community supports to reduce risks and build buffers against violence.

BCHD’s Office of Youth Violence Prevention is implementing Safe Streetsexternal icon, a street outreach and community norm change program designed to mediate and interrupt high-risk situations before they become violent. In Baltimore, the Safe Streets curriculum is adapted and implemented in the school community. The curriculum includes training on anger management, goal setting, and changing norms around violence.

Contact Info
Baltimore City Health Department: https://health.baltimorecity.gov/programs/violence-preventionexternal icon

1605 Program: Preventing Teen Dating Violence and Youth Violence by Addressing Shared Risk and Protective Factors

Overview
The Minneapolis Health Department (MHD) is implementing an integrated public health response to reduce youth violence and teen dating violence in North Minneapolis. Through their Office of Violence Prevention, MHD is implementing evidence-based prevention strategies, enhancing a youth violence prevention strategic plan, working with multi-sector partners, and advancing violence prevention as a public health issue.

Strategies and Approaches in Action
Engage Influential Adults and Peers – Men and Boys as Allies in Prevention
Engaging influential adults and peers to promote positive relationship expectations and condemn violent and unhealthy relationship behaviors among adolescents and young adults is an effective teen dating violence prevention strategy.

Engaging men and boys as prevention allies is one primary approach to preventing teen dating violence, as men and boys are encouraged to help prevent teen dating violence. This approach helps men and boys support actual and potential victims by intervening and speaking out, and also teaches skills and promotes social norms that reduce their own risk for future perpetration.

MHD is implementing Coaching Boys into Menexternal icon (CBIM), an evidence-based program that trains athletic coaches to discuss gender norms and educate athletes about positive communication. This program strengthens positive relationships between young people and caring adults, addresses unhealthy and harmful cultural norms, and promotes change in climate, process, and norms within a school setting.

Create Protective Community Environments – Street Outreach and Community Norm Change
MHD has also engaged in creating protective community environments for youth, an effective strategy for preventing youth violence.

Street outreach and community norm change is one primary prevention approach to create protective community environments for youth. This approach connects trained outreach staff with community residents to mediate conflicts, promote nonviolence norms, and connect youth to community supports to reduce risks and build buffers against violence.

MHD is implementing Street and Community Outreach (SCO). This street outreach and community norm change approach promotes the presence of influential adults trained to recognize, respond to, and prevent unhealthy relationships in the community. The Minneapolis SCO team works to improve and sustain safe environments and create youth-friendly spaces that will strengthen social connections.

Contact Info
Minneapolis Health Department: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/health/external icon

1605 Program: Preventing Teen Dating Violence and Youth Violence by Addressing Shared Risk and Protective Factors

Overview
The Houston Health Department (HHD) works with local government agencies, community stakeholders, and youth-serving organizations to implement teen dating and youth violence prevention activities in communities with high rates of youth violence. To support this work, HHD leads a multi-sector youth violence prevention coalition and is implementing a city-wide strategic plan.

Strategies and Approaches in Action
Teach Safe and Healthy Relationship Skills – Social-Emotional Learning Programs for Youth
Teaching safe and healthy relationship skills is an effective strategy for preventing teen dating violence.

Social-emotional learning is one primary prevention approach to teach safe, healthy relationship skills. Social-emotional learning programs for youth promote mutually respectful, caring, non-violent relationships among young people. These programs work with youth to help them develop social-emotional skills such as empathy, respect, and healthy communication and conflict resolution skills.

HHD is implementing Fourth Rexternal icon, a social-emotional learning program for youth, with evidence of effectiveness. Fourth R is a classroom-based curriculum that includes peer and school components. This program promotes healthy relationships and reduces peer and dating violence, substance misuse, and unhealthy sexual behavior. Fourth R is implemented in schools located in communities with high rates of adolescent involvement in violent crime.

Create Protective Community Environments – Modify the Physical and Social Environment
HHD has also engaged in creating protective community environments for youth, an effective strategy for preventing youth violence.

Modifying the physical and social environment is one primary prevention approach to create protective youth environments. This approach enhances and maintains the physical characteristics of places people gather, to foster social interaction, strengthen connectedness, and increase shared trust among community members.

HHD is implementing Crime Prevention Through Environmental Designexternal icon (CPTED), an environmental design approach focused on improving building design to reduce opportunities for disputes and violence and promote positive behavior. CPTED promotes positive interpersonal interactions and the safe use of spaces through enhanced visibility, access management, and proper maintenance and design. Concurrently with Fourth R, HHD is implementing CPTED in schools located in communities with high rates of adolescent involvement in violent crime.

Contact Info
Houston Health Department: https://www.houstontx.gov/health/external icon

1605 Program: Preventing Teen Dating Violence and Youth Violence by Addressing Shared Risk and Protective Factors

Overview
The Multnomah County Health Department (MCHD) works closely with community and partner organizations to address violence as a public health issue. Through collaborative efforts, MCHD implements teen dating and youth violence prevention activities across multiple levels of the social-ecological model and in various settings.

Strategies and Approaches in Action
Engage Influential Adults and Peers – Men and Boys as Allies in Prevention
Engaging influential adults and peers to promote positive relationship expectations and condemn violent and unhealthy relationship behaviors among adolescents and young adults is an effective teen dating violence prevention strategy.

Engaging men and boys as prevention allies is one primary approach to preventing teen dating violence, as men and boys are encouraged to help prevent teen dating violence. This approach helps men and boys support actual and potential victims by intervening and speaking out, and also teaches skills and promotes social norms that reduce their own risk for future perpetration.

Multnomah County is implementing Coaching Boys into Menexternal icon (CBIM). CBIM is an evidence-based program that trains athletic coaches to discuss gender norms and educate athletes about positive communication. This program strengthens positive relationships between young people and caring adults, addresses unhealthy and harmful cultural norms, and promotes change in climate, process, and norms within a school setting.

Create Protective Community Environments – Modify the Physical and Social Environment
MCHD has also engaged in creating protective community environments for youth, an effective strategy for preventing youth violence.

Modifying the physical and social environment is one primary prevention approach to create protective youth environments. This approach enhances and maintains the physical characteristics of places people gather, to foster social interaction, strengthen connectedness, and increase shared trust among community members.

MCHD is implementing Crime Prevention Through Environmental Designexternal icon (CPTED), an environmental design approach focused on improving building design to reduce opportunities for disputes and violence and promote positive behavior. CPTED promotes positive interpersonal interactions and the safe use of spaces through enhanced visibility, access management, and proper maintenance and design. Multnomah is implementing CPTED to build protective factors through place-based prevention activities, youth and community empowerment, and community resiliency.

Contact Info
Multnomah County Health Department Website: https://multco.us/healthexternal icon

See Intimate Partner Violence Resources and Youth Violence Resources for more prevention resources for preventing teen dating violence and youth violence.
Page last reviewed: February 16, 2021