City of New Orleans

Report
City of New Orleans
December 10, 2012
New Orleans Working Session Team
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Dr. Karen DeSalvo, NOHD
Jonathan Bertsch, KIPP New Orleans Schools
Roxanne Franklin, Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team
Chris Gunther, NOHD
Johnetta Pressley, Office of Criminal Justice Coordination
Shane Jones, USAO
Tyronne Walker, Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team
Commander Kim Williams, NOPD
New Orleans’ murder rate has been 7-8x
the national average for over 30 years
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Average #
of Murders
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Murder Rate
53
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Mayor Landrieu:
“You can never be happier than your saddest child…It is our
responsibility to fix this problem.”
“New Orleans middle-school students describe high rates of depression”
Times-Picayune, December 3, 2012
NOLA FOR LIFE
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Stop the Shootings
Invest in Prevention
Promote Jobs and Opportunities
Get Involved and Rebuild Neighborhoods
Improve the NOPD
Embracing the Public Health Approach
What does the public health approach bring to the table?
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Focus on prevention: preventing violence before it
occurs
Data-driven: targeting risk and protective factors
Collaborative: building multi-disciplinary partnerships
Population-based: situating the individual within the
larger societal framework
Goals
1) Engage youth, parents, and community stakeholders in
the planning process.
2) Support existing initiatives under the NOLA for Life plan.
3) Expand the implementation of evidence-based
prevention programs.
4) Coordinate interagency information sharing.
Engage youth, parents, and community stakeholders
in the planning process
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Creating the infrastructure to sustain youth voice
Community listening sessions
Building relationships with community partners
Support existing initiatives under the NOLA for Life
plan
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“Flip the Script” public awareness campaign
Family violence prevention in WIC clinics
CeaseFire New Orleans (Gary Slutkin model)
Group Violence Reduction Strategy (David Kennedy model)
Schools trauma response initiative
Expand the implementation of evidence-based
prevention programs
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Coordinating existing resources
Positive behavior interventions and supports
Character education and social and emotional learning
Drug and alcohol prevention programs
Coordinate interagency information sharing
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Collecting data relevant to
youth violence
Information sharing
agreements
Building analytic capacity
Using data to drive
implementation
Challenges
• Deeply ingrained culture of violence
• Extremely high rates of trauma and associated
mental health disorders
• Need to work with schools on a “bottom up”
approach
• Historic distrust of public process
• Recent cuts to mental health services
• Little data on youth violence and related risk factors
Opportunities
• Committed high-level leadership
• NOLA for Life: existing plan focusing on murder
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NFYVP: opportunity to focus on prevention earlier in the
life course
• Education reform movement
• Strong support from community partners
• Health Department’s transformation toward
integrated health, human, and social services

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