The Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence (JHCPYV) is one of six Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention funded by the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The goals of the Center are to 1) Create and sustain an administrative infrastructure to support implementation and evaluation activities, 2) Create, implement, and evaluate a multifaceted, evidence-based approach to youth violence prevention in a high-risk Baltimore community, and 3) Integrate training activities for early career researchers, educators, practitioners, community residents, and youth in youth violence prevention to complement the implementation and evaluation activities of the JHCPYV.
The Drug Investigations, Violence, and Environmental DIVE) Studies Laboratory conducts cutting-edge research on violence, alcohol, tobacco and other drug (VATOD) exposure. While environmental strategies for health promotion have been successful in decreasing the incidence of infectious diseases and injuries, the environmental approach has not been widely or successfully adapted to decrease or prevent VATOD exposure. Our work is designed to fill this gap, and our mission is to clarify the environmental contexts in which people live and experience VATOD exposure, and provide insight on environmental factors which promote or sustain elevated levels of toxic social exposures within neighborhoods.
The mission of the Center is (1) to improve school-based preventive and early treatment interventions for children and adolescents by bridging epidemiologic, intervention, services, and dissemination and training research through the development of a research structure and research strategies capable of evaluating the effectiveness and sustainability of promising and evidence based interventions; (2) to identify factors that inhibit or facilitate improved prevention and treatment practices and outcomes; (3) to disseminate the knowledge gained in order to improve prevention and treatment research and dissemination and training practices; and (4) to develop within our collaborating community partners the capacity to carry out and disseminate state of the art prevention and early intervention research and evaluations.
The Reach Out to Youth program targets students ages 7-11 who aspire towards careers in medicine and parents interested in maximizing their child's educational potential. Students will participate in interactive small group sessions in Anatomy, Physiology, Nutrition and Clinical Medicine. These workshops are designed to motivate students and lead them to careers in the medical profession, as well as educate them on the science behind healthy living and eating.