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Community-based Public health response to Violence (CPrV©) is a comprehensive violence prevention strategy that emphasizes community leadership in partnership with social service and government agencies.

It is based on the 2011-2016 CDC STRYVE youth violence prevention initiative as implemented in Portland, Oregon's Multnomah County Health Department. CPrV© is designed to strategically allow community knowledge and experience to guide its development and implementation, while also leveraging authentic government and multi-disciplinary support.


CPrV© aims to build community cohesion and collective efficacy in the prevention of structural and interpersonal violence through the implementation of six evidence-based and one evidence-informed core strategies.


Community Professional Development with a one-of-its kind comprehensive Community Health Worker-Violence Prevention Professional training that equips and activates community professionals with public health upstream thinking and methodology to prevent structural and interpersonal violence.

Youth Leadership Development through training in Youth Empowerment Solutions (YES), an evidence based program that empowers youth to make positive changes in their communities and to work with adults to support their efforts.

Repurposing the Built Environment, aka Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED), demonstrates the effective design and use of a built environment to encourage a reduction in the fear of crime, a reduction in the actual number of crimes, an improvement in community safety, an improvement in the perception of safety, and an improvement in the overall quality of life in a community.

Community Qualitative Research: Training is provided to implement Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) that begins with the involvement of and a research topic of importance to the community and combines knowledge with action to improve health outcomes and eliminate health disparities.

Pedagogy of Empowerment: Popular Education is utilized in all areas when implementing CPrV©. "Popular education creates settings in which people most affected by inequities can identify problems and underlying causes, then develop solutions. Popular education has been widely used for health promotion where it has been associated with increased empowerment and improved health" (Wallerstein, 2006; Wiggins, 2012).

Multi-Sectored Stakeholder Coalition: This strategy brings together a variety of stakeholders to tackle complex issues often so deeply-rooted in communities that no single policy, government department, organization, or program can independently solve it.


Community Healing Initiative (CHI): CHI aims to increase understanding and support a shift to behavioral and cultural norms that emphasize the healing of generational trauma and provide skills to mitigate the negative effects of toxic stress.


Cape Fear Region, North Carolina

CPrV© was first demonstrated in the Cape Fear region of North Carolina through Sokoto House.

Buncombe County, North Carolina

After a financial community investment in violence prevention by their county government, Buncombe County has officially implemented a version of CPrV© in their region.

Buncombe now has their first cohort of CHWs who have completed their initial training!



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