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Tulane and Community Partners Launch CDC-funded Research Hub for Youth Violence Prevention
A collaboration between New Orleans area community organizations and Tulane University aims to prevent youth exposure to violence in a way that enlists and centers the voices of young people and communities most affected by it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded Tulane a five-year grant to establish the Center for Youth Equity, a hub for youth violence prevention work using a multidisciplinary, culturally responsive approach rooted in equity and community engagement. Along with colleagues from the schools of public health and medicine, Dr. Samantha Francois, TSSW Assistant Professor and Executive Director of Tulane's Violence Prevention Institute will serve as the center's Outreach and Translation Core Director as well as lead investigator for the empowerment research project.
Community partners include Brothers at Peace, the City of New Orleans Office of Gun Violence Prevention, Daughters Beyond Incarceration, the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies, the New Orleans Children and Youth Planning Board, Silence is Violence and the Spirit of Charity Trauma Center at University Medical Center.