The University of Michigan School of Public Health will house a $6 million multidisciplinary, multi-institutional national research and training center on school safety that will provide schools with training and technical assistance to prevent school violence.
The new center is funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice. The center will bring together faculty and staff from top schools of public health, criminal justice and education, school safety professionals, and experts in evidence-based practices, law enforcement, crisis intervention, violence prevention and mental health.
Partners include the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation, University of Virginia, Michigan State University, National Council of Behavioral Health, Association of School Superintendents and National Association of Elementary School Principals, among others.
“We recognize that even when schools have tools to implement evidence-based strategies, they are often faced with limited staffing, constrained funding and insufficient access to training,” said Dr. Justin Heinze, co-principal investigator of the new center and assistant professor of health behavior and health and education at Michigan Public Health. Michigan Public Health professors Dr. Marc Zimmerman and Dr. Angela Beck are also co-principal investigators on the project.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on October 25