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Safe Streets Baltimore

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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

Date Created: August 30, 2011