Evidence-Based Strategies and Public Health Approaches

  • Evidence-based interventions lead to more successful programs, greater workforce productivity, and better use of resources. As a public health issue, firearm injuries and deaths can be prevented through policies and interventions that are rooted in science and evidence. Learn more about ASTHO’s Evidence-Based Public Health Program »

  • CDC Community Guide: Violence Prevention

    The Community Guide includes systematic reviews of interventions in the following areas: early childhood home visitation, firearms laws, reducing psychological harm from traumatic events, school-based violence prevention programs, therapeutic foster care, and youth transfer to adult criminal system. Read more »

  • CDC Division of Violence Prevention: 2011 Annual Report

    This report summarizes CDC’s public health activities in violence prevention, including accomplishments and ongoing work conducted by state and community grantees. Highlighted in the report are several evaluation studies expected to conclude soon on topics, such as economic development, housing programs, school reform and their impact on preventing youth violence. The report includes four categories of activities that are fundamental to CDC’s work in violence prevention, including surveillance and data monitoring systems. Read more »

    • National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS)

    An ongoing, nationally-representative telephone survey that collects detailed information on sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence victimization of adult women and men in the United States. In collaboration with the National Institutes of Justice (NIJ), and the Department of Defense (DoD). Read more »

    • National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS)

    A comprehensive, state-based surveillance and linked reporting system that collects and centralizes information on homicides and suicides from a variety of sources, such as medical examiners and coroners, law enforcement, hospitals, public health officials and crime labs. Currently, NVDRS operates in 18 states. Read more »

  • National Institute of Justice: Firearm Violence Interventions and Research

    From the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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  • Featured Projects

    Hospital-Based Violence Intervention (Indianapolis, IN) – “Public Health Meets Public Hospital”

    IU/Wishard Level I Trauma Center: Youth Violence Reduction Team (YVRT)

    Goal: Reduce violent injury recidivism and readmission to IU/Wishard Level I Trauma Center

    • Creates a supportive network of youth and family resources within neighborhoods and zip codes connected to addressing risk and protective factors associated with violence and crime
    • Recidivism rate down from 35% to 7%

    Find out more »