Minority Youth Violence Prevention (MYVP) Initiative Announced

The Department of Health and Human Services (Office of Minority Health) and the Department of Justice (COPS Office) have announced a new $3.5 million joint solicitation: Minority Youth Violence Prevention: Integrating Public Health and Community Policing Approaches (MYVP) initiative.

Law enforcement and public health agencies are being asked to partner on this national initiative, which is designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of integrating public health and community policing approaches to address both the disparities in access to public health and the risk of violent crime found in many of our nation’s most distressed neighborhoods.

HHS/OMH will fund 8–10 demonstration sites that integrate violence prevention and crime reduction models with public health and community policing approaches. The COPS Office will fund a single award for coordination, evaluation, and technical assistance efforts across the demonstration sites. The HHS/OMH grant solicitation is currently open and can be found at the Grants.gov FY14 Minority Youth Violence Prevention page. The COPS Office solicitation is currently open and can be found at the COPS Community Policing Development Program page.

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