Center for Health Equity

A Program of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Youth Violence Prevention

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Health Equity Through Youth Violence Prevention

The Center for Health Equity co-sponsored a recent conference, Ending Youth Violence: A New Generation of Ideas. The group planning this conference consisted of members from the University of Minnesota, Chicago State University, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC) and the community. The development of this group was brought on by a research project conducted by Dr. Oliver Williams, PhD, Director of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community at the University of Minnesota and Dr. Esther Jenkins , PhD, Professor of Psychology at Chicago State University and a Senior Research Associate at the Community Mental Health Council in Chicago. The research included focus groups with youth and youth care providers in North Minneapolis and investigated factors leading to youth violence and possible solutions for reducing rates. The Center for Health Equity recognizes youth violence as one of the social determinants of health leading to health inequities and supports the work of this group to reduce the prevalence of youth violence in North Minneapolis. The group is now working on developing action steps using the research results and results from breakout sessions and follow up from the conference discussions.

If you are interested in joining the mission of this group, please consider attending the monthly community roundtable discussions. For more information, contact Carrie Hanson at:


Download a copy of the report: Understanding Youth Violence in North Minneapolis. Principle Investigators of the research contributing to this report were, Principal Investigators for this project are Dr. Oliver J. Williams and Dr. Esther Jenkins, Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC). For more information about IDVAAC, visit their website:

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