Based at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center (MYVPC), one of six National Academic Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention, has been awarded funding from the Centers for Disease Control to study the effects of environmental design on crime and youth violence. The $1 million grant will cover three years of research.
[Photo: Dr. Marc Zimmerman]
The project is in partnership with the University Avenue Corridor Coalition (UACC), a community-based coalition located in Flint, Michigan. UACC was established in 2012 to implement Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) activities to address blight and crime hotspots, improve neighborhood health and safety, stabilize land use, establish leisure and recreational areas, and create and improve communication links and education in the area. According to the Flint Police Department, more than 300 crimes—mostly larcenies and breaking and entering—have been committed in the University Avenue Corridor this year, and the UACC, a broad coalition of neighborhood and community groups, universities, local businesses, health care and social services organizations, and law enforcement in Flint, is hoping the grant will help decrease crime and blight.
This funding will allow the group to expand their neighborhood and blight elimination efforts to a wider area and evaluate the effects of their projects on crime, injury, property conditions, and neighborhood perceptions. Dr. Marc Zimmerman, who serves as a professor of health behavior and health education in SPH as well as a professor of psychology at U-M, will be the principal investigator of the project.
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