YEAR ONE - we will engage in a Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) planning process with community partners that uses individual, school, and community profiles of risk and protective factors collected from middle school aged adolescents using the School Success Profile to guide the choice of prevention program components. YEAR TWO-FOUR: we will implement a youth violence initiative with universal and targeted components in Robeson CountyYEAR FIVE: we will focus on completing a comprehensive evaluation on the program that considers county and school-level youth violence outcomes, as well as changes in proximal individual and school risk and protective factors. Throughout - Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approach / Monitoring & evaluation /Training experiences for doctoral students and junior investigators
A project funded by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in partnership with the UNC School of Social Work (SSW), UNC Injury Prevention Resource Center (IPRC), Robeson County Health Dept. (RCHD) and the Center for Community Action (CCA).
Ranks first in NC for juvenile arrests (Rate: 16,064 per 100,000) One of the poorest counties in the nation (Rate: 34.7% vs. 13% U.S.) Homicide rate more than 4 times the national average (Rate: 23.9 % vs. 5.2 % U.S.) Has the largest non-reservation concentration of Native Americans of any county in the nation A diverse rural community with a history of strong community programs and passionate people Why Robeson County?
Figure 2: Target and Comparison Communities Buncombe County Robeson County (target community) Pitt County Cumberland County Socioeconomically disadvantaged, rural counties with troubled school systems and high levels of youth violence
Gary Nelson, DSW, Assoc. Dir. For Community Training
Jordan Institute for Families (JIF) UNC-CH School of Social Work
NC-rural Academic Center for Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention Local 2010-2011 Implementation Team
----Stephen Covey “Begin with the end in mind…”
Implementation & Evaluation Core: Five Year Overview Specific aim: Reduce youth violence in Robeson County, NC by implementing and evaluating a multifaceted, evidence-based approach to prevent perpetration of youth violence. Ongoing: Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approach / Monitoring & evaluation / Training experiences for doctoral students and junior investigators