PCVPC in the Media

WHYY HIGHLIGHTS DIGITAL ANIMATION PROJECT
PCVPC's digital animation project was a recent topic of discussion on Newsworks Tonight. Click here to listen to PCVPC collaborators Terry Richmond, PhD and Nicole Vaughn, PhD discuss the initial research that led to working with teens in the community to discover the most effective ways to deliver important anti-violence messages.

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PCVPC RESEARCHER OFFERS SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGES EVALUATION OF NJ ANTI-BULLYING LAW
Stephen Leff, PhD, principal investigator of the PARTNERS study and Communications and Dissemination co-director of PCVPC, recently authored an article on NJ.com regarding New Jersey's Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act. Dr. Leff highlights positive components of the law, but suggests that to be effective the law must be properly implemented and evaluated.

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PENN NURSING NEWS SPOTLIGHTS DIGITAL ANIMATION PROJECT
A recent article in the Penn Nursing Science in Action newsletter highlights the work undertaken by PCVPC researchers and community members to develop digitally animated characters to help communicate anti-violence messages, grounded in research results.

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PHILADELPHIA BECOMES LEADER IN TREATING VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE
WHYY recently reported on the establishment of the new headquarters of the National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs (NNHVIP). Staff from PCVPC, Drexel University’s Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice, and the Firearm and Injury Center at Penn lead the headquarters team. The WHYY story also spotlighted the hospital-based violence prevention work underway at Hahnemann University Hospital and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Click here to listen to Joel Fein, MD, MPH talk about CHOP's new intervention.For the full story, please visit the WHYY website. For more information on NNHVIP, please visit the NNHVIP website. To read more about the hospital-based violence intervention work at CHOP, please see our Research page.

 

STUDY LINKS VACANT LOT CLEANUP TO REDUCED GUN CRIME
PCVPC researchers and collaborators from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society were recently spotlighted in The Philadelphia Inquirer for their novel work which found that “greening up” vacant lots reduced assaults, gun assaults, and gun robberies in surrounding communities. Charles Branas, PhD, PCVPC Information Core co-director, led the research team, which included the following PCVPC members and associates: Rose Cheney, John McDonald, Tara Jackson, and Thomas Ten Have. 

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PCVPC ADVERTISING AND SOCIAL MEDIA EFFORTS HIGHLIGHTED
Nicole Vaughn, PhD, Communications and Dissemination Core Co-Director, was recently highlighted in Friday Letter, the Association of Schools of Public Health’s newsletter, for the Center’s collaborative work to develop a youth-oriented advertising and social media campaign. The project team has worked to translate research data into youth-oriented digital animation clips that will be disseminated via avenues including YouTube and Facebook.

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THE SOUTHWEST GLOBE TIMES
This is a biweekly, free local newspaper distributed to the communities of Southwest Philadelphia. Please click below for articles about our research, safety tips, and community events.

4th Annual Community Symposium – February 10, 2011
Holiday Eating – December 16, 2010
Bash the Trash – December 2, 2010
Neighborhood Safety – November 18, 2010
Back to School Tips – September 16, 2010
Overview of PCVPC – August 19, 2010

HEALING HURT PEOPLE PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTED IN PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
The work of John Rich, MD, MPH, Communications and Dissemination core co-director of the Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center, was recently highlighted in The Philadelphia Inquirer. The program, “Healing Hurt People,” employs a trauma informed approach in working with violently injured individuals to help reduce their trauma symptoms following violent events.

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RESEARCHER FOLLOWS SHOOTING VICTIMS’ AFTERMATH
Jooyoung Lee, PhD, PCVPC associate and Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, was highlighted in the Philadelphia Inquirer for his ethnographic work studying the lives of Philadelphians who have experienced gunshot wounds.

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VACANT LOTS = VIOLENCE
In this article, Charles Branas, PhD, co-director of PCVPC’s Information Core, discusses research findings that link a rise in the number of vacant lots in an urban area with increased rates of aggravated assaults.



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'CATCH AND WRECK' VICTIMS RECOUNT RANDOM ATTACKS
Joel Fein, MD, MPH, director and principal investigator of the Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center (PCVPC), was recently interviewed about factors contributing to recently publicized incidents of youth violence in West and Southwest Philadelphia. According to Dr. Fein, early exposure to violence and peer pressure may be factors contributing to youth violence.

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VIOLENCE EXPERTS SAY "FLASH MOBS" ARE RARE
Joel Fein, MD, MPH, director and principal investigator of the Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center (PCVPC), was recently asked to share his views about an incident involving a large group of youths in downtown Philadelphia. Dr. Fein pointed out that mob violence is rare, compared to the violence affecting youth across our city every day.

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TARGETING CRIME
Dr. Duane Thomas, co-investigator of PCVPC’s Research Core and assistant professor at The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, was featured in Penn Current. In the article, “Targeting Crime,” he discusses the collaborative nature of PCVPC and emphasizes the importance of involving the community every step of the way. In his role with the Center, Dr. Taylor will tailor some well-known antiviolence strategies to specific neighborhoods in West and Southwest Philadelphia with the goal of decreasing truancy and crime among young people.

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A DEADLY MIX OF POVERTY & PEER PRESSURE
Joel Fein, MD, MPH, director and principal investigator of the Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center (PCVPC), recently shared his views with The Philadelphia Daily News on how PCVPC is working to reduce teen violence in the city.

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DUANE THOMAS ON WURD RADIO
In this advertisement, a number of local doctors share their expertise by answering questions from Philadelphia’s African American community.



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PART I: AREA DOCTORS & HOSPITALS LOOK FOR SOLUTIONS
Dr. Joel Fein, principal investigator of the PCVPC and pediatric emergency doctor, discusses Philly’s violence as a public health problem with hospital emergency rooms treating hundreds of gunshot wounds every week. Kids who grow up with violence are more likely to have violence in their lives as adolescents and adults. The PCVPC will work to prevent this cycle of violence by developing child-based interventions, parenting and family interventions, and community-wide interventions.

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TEMPLE JOINS MULTI-UNIVERSITY VIOLENCE PREVENTION STUDY
This article talks about Temple University recently joining the PCVPC and the Center’s mission to work directly with the community to prevent violence before it starts. At its center is a project that will create programs to deter young people's attraction to violence.



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UPACE: THE PHILADELPHIA COLLABORATIVE VIOLENCE PREVENTION CENTER
This addition to a Social Marketing Wiki page submitted by MEE Productions discusses how the mental aspect of the violence in Philadelphia plays a vital role in determining how to prevent it. The PCVPC has collaborated with the community to figure out what programs will be the most effective in violence prevention. These programs, however, will have to be tailored to the specific cultural background and specific age of the youth.

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CDC FUNDS SEARCH FOR ANSWERS TO VIOLENCE
This Philadelphia Inquirer article discusses how Dr. Joel Fein plans to make the programs of the PCVPC "practical and sustainable" in West and Southwest Philadelphia. Fein’s main focus is on Philadelphia youth, ages 10 to 14.

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CCEB Q&A ON GUN VIOLENCE
In this article, a Q&A on the factors related to the rising gun violence and murder rate in Philadelphia, PCVPC was mentioned as an answer to one of the many questions asked. It was said that PCVPC was the blueprint for a safer Philadelphia.


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PROFESSOR RICH WINS MACARTHUR GENIUS AWARD
In December 2007 Professor John Rich received an award for work completed earlier that year.


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VIOLENCE AND TRAUMA IN THE LIVES OF YOUNG BLACK MEN
John Rich, MD, MPH, research core co-director of the Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center, was recently interviewed on WHYY's "Radio Times." Dr. Rich discussed the lives of young black men in Philadelphia and cities across the country, who are overwhelmingly the victims and perpetrators of violent crime. He says that often the physical wounds are accompanied by serious trauma that contributes to an ongoing cycle of violence.

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