04.23.09 Project Ujima

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  • 1. Project Ujima Children’s Hospital and Health System
  • 2. Project Ujima: Who we are
    • Ujima Kiswahili word Ujima (Creative Work & Responsibility) - To build and maintain our community together and make our sisters' and brothers' problems our problems and solve them together. (Green Candle)
    • Started in 1995 in response to violence in Milwaukee
    • Legacy Child
    • In 1996, 163 children were treated
    • at CHW for GSW
  • 3. Project Ujima: Target Population
    • Youth crime victims ages 7-18, 300 served annually through CHW EDTC
      • Victims of Interpersonal Violence: GSW, Stabbings and Physical Assaults
    • Adults Crime Victims (2004), 500 served annually
      • Victims of all assault types: robbery, assault, rape/sexual assault, DV and Homicide
  • 4. Project Ujima: Goals
    • Reduce the physical and psychosocial consequences of the injury
      • Treat the “whole” child with comprehensive services—physical, mental and emotional
    • Reduce the chances of re-injury
      • Since 2005 <1% recidivism rate for youth victims
    • Prevent the victim from becoming a violent offender
      • 65% of victims become offenders after injury (OVC, 2007)
  • 5. Project Ujima: Referrals
    • Youth
      • CHW EDTC
      • Community agencies/schools/programs
      • Self Referral
    • Adults
      • Community agencies and partners
      • Self Referral
      • Anyone can make a referral to Project Ujima by calling 414-266-2557.
  • 6. Project Ujima: Services
    • Youth
      • Crisis intervention, home visitation, medical follow-up, mental health services and advocacy: court, school and victim.
      • Youth Development Programs: Youth Leadership Council (YLC), summer camp, family activities
    • Adults
      • Support and intervention, home visitation, medical follow-up, mental health services and homicide survivor support group, family activities.
  • 7. Project Ujima: Achievements
    • 2008-2009 Project Ujima was chosen as one of 10 best hospital programs in US showing strong outcomes for youth victims of violence
    • In November 2004, Project Ujima received the &quot;Professional Innovation in Victim Services&quot; award from the Federal Department of Justice.
    • In 2003, Project Ujima received the &quot;Outstanding Achievement in Sustained Community-University Partnerships&quot; award from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
  • 8. Project Ujima: Future
    • Work with 10 model programs in the US to create:
      • National Network of Hospital-based Violence Programs
      • Best practice model for hospital violence programs
    • Replication of Project Ujima program model in other areas of WI with high rates of violence
  • 9. Thank you! On behalf of the staff, children and families of Project Ujima!