Community Violence as a Population Health Issue: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief


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On June 16, 2016, the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement held a 1-day public workshop at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Brooklyn, New York. At this workshop, participants explored public health approaches to reducing and preventing community violence. Individual participants discussed the effects of trauma and violence on communities and explored approaches that community members and multisector partners are using to build safe, resilient, and healthy communities. Individual participants discussed a range of initiatives including community- and hospital-based antiviolence programs, changing the physical and social environment, community policing, and different strategies to include community members in these initiatives, particularly the youth and adults at risk or responsible for much of the violence in communities. This Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief summarizes discussions from the workshop.