Volume 4 Issue 1
April 2013

Our thoughts and thanks to the Network members at Boston Medical Center, the Boston Public Health Commission and Brigham and Women's Hospital, as they care for the Boston Marathon bombing victims and their families.

In This Issue
Order the NNHVIP Best Practices Guide

NNHVIP 2013 Conference


Please Save the Dates for this year's conference:
September 25 - 26, 2013
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 More details coming soon!


New NNHVIP Membership Categories


Individual/Student Memberships

NNHVIP will now accept individual membership applications for students.  Please contact NNHVIP for more information and instructions on how to apply.


Emerging Program Memberships

NNHVIP will now also accept applications for membership for Emerging Programs.  An Emerging Program is one that is seeking active involvement in Technical Assistance from YouthAlive! or another Network member with whom they have an affiliation.  Please contact NNHVIP for more information and instructions on how to apply.


NNHVIP Spotlight:


Peggy Russell



In this quarter's E-newsletter, NNHVIP spotlights Peggy Russell, who led the charge to establish a Violence Intervention Program in Memphis, Tenn., and who recently and suddenly passed away.



Peggie Russell was the newly appointed coordinator for the Memphis' Innovation Delivery Team to stop gun violence among youth in the city.  A teacher, lecturer and preacher, she was often chosen to spearhead programs and initiatives aimed at reaching out to wayward teens. She was also involved in collaborations such as Safe Streets and the Defending Childhood Initiative
 and was working towards establishing a Violence Intervention Program in Memphis.  

The Retaliatory Violence Insight Project is one of the first three initiatives by the city's Innovation Delivery Team, a City Hall working group funded by the Bloomberg Philanthropies to work toward the goals of cutting gun violence in the city and increasing small-business growth in targeted neighborhoods in Memphis.  The gun violence initiatives were the first to debut after five months of work by the team.

Memphis Police have been working with experts at George Mason University through a U.S. Justice Department grant on training for 30 police officers that begins in August.  When someone is shot and wounded in South Memphis, the officers will go to the shooting victim in the hospital and his or her friends and family as another team of officers investigates the crimes itself.  These officers will talk to the victim and others around the victim about alternatives to retaliation.  Teams of trained intervention specialists who are civilians will also go to the areas of shootings as well and talk with those who might have feelings of retaliation. 

Peggy was a tireless worker and dedicated advocate for the youth of Memphis, Tennessee.  She will be missed by many.



is dedicated to

strengthening existing hospital-based violence intervention programs and helping develop similar programs in communities across the country.


Best Practices Guide 
Violence is Preventable: A Best Practices Guide for Launching & Sustaining a Hospital-based Program to Break the Cycle of Violence
To order a copy, click here

Recent Research
Purtle, J.P. (2013). Felon disenfranchisement in the United States: a health equity perspective. Am J Public Health., 103(4):632-7. Abstract
Smith, R., Dobbins, S., Evans, A., Balhotra, K., & Dicker, R. A. (2013). Hospital-based violence intervention: Risk reduction resources that are essential for success. The journal of trauma and acute care surgery, 74(4), 976-982.
Fein, J. A., Mollen, C. J., & Greene, M. B. (2013). The Assault-Injured Youth and the Emergency Medical System: What Can We Do?. Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 14(1), 47-55

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This e-bulletin was produced by Drexel University under grant #2011-VF-GX-K019 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations

expressed in this e-bulletin are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.   



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