This awardee has received supplemental funding. This award detail page includes information about both the original award and supplemental awards.
Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $2,200,000)
The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) will be implementing the Safe Streets (SS) initiative in four high-risk target Baltimore City communities. Safe Streets is based on CeaseFire, the highly successful, evidence-based initiative created by the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Safe Streets aims to reduce the incidence of violence, change community norms, provide alternatives to violence, and increase the perceived risks and costs of involvement in violence. This is done through the five core components of the model: community mobilization, outreach, public education, faith-based leader involvement, and criminal justice participation. BCHD believes that outreach and high-risk conflict mediation are, together, perhaps the most important aspects of Safe Streets. Safe Streets depends heavily on a strong public education campaign to instill in people the message that shootings and violence are not acceptable. Finally, it calls for the strengthening of communities so they have the capacity to exercise informal social control and respond to issues that affect them. The intervention targets high-risk Baltimore City youth aged 14 to 25 years, through outreach and service connection, and the community as a whole, through a media campaign and community mobilization. CA/NCF
OJJDP's State and Community Development Invited Awards program was established to provide grants and cooperative agreements to organizations that OJJDP has selected for funds in prior years. This program has been authorized by an Act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice.
The Baltimore City Health Department will use FY14 State and Community Development Invited funds to increase Baltimore's Safe Streets initiative from four to five community sites working to reduce the incidence of violent crime, change community norms, provide alternatives to violence, and reduce exposure to community violence in the City of Baltimore.
Safe Streets Baltimore uses an interdisciplinary, data-driven public health approach to violence prevention. A replication of the Cure Violence model, Safe Streets Baltimore maintains that violence is a learned behavior that can be prevented using disease control methods and proven public health techniques. Safe Streets aims to prevent violence through a three-prong approach: 1) Identification and Detection, 2) Interruption, Intervention, and Risk Reduction, and 3) Changing Behavior and Norms. Through a combination of statistical information and street knowledge, Safe Streets Baltimore has the capacity to identify where to concentrate efforts, focus resources, and intervene in violence.
OJJDP's State and Community Development (Invited) Awards program was established to provide grants and cooperative agreements to organizations that OJJDP has selected for funds in prior years. Through the Community-Based Violence Prevention Program (CBVP), OJJDP funds organizations working to reduce youth gun and gang violence through evidence-based models. These programs have been authorized by an Act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice.
The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) will use this FY15 award to build on existing community-based violence prevention (CBVP) activities by engaging diverse communities of faith. The proposed project will integrate the faith community into activities aimed at the prevention and reduction of youth violence and victimization within and around Safe Streets Baltimore areas. The BCHD will hire a Faith Community Coordinator to conduct outreach to Baltimores diverse faith-based community served by and surrounding the Safe Streets areas to develop a shared vision of successful partnerships between BCHD and the faith-based community in addressing youth violence. Furthermore, the Coordinator will establish relationships with faith leaders more broadly throughout the City of BCHD to achieve shared goals and fully integrate the faith leaders into Baltimores CBVP and Citys Forum efforts. Progress towards these goals will be measured by the number of community/faith partners involved in the activities, as well as partner feedback on engagement. Funds will also be used to enable BCHDs participation in national CBVP technical assistance opportunities including the fall convening.