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Violence is one of the most significant health problems in the United States not only because of death and injury, but also because of the harm, fear, and trauma caused to families and communities. It leads to a broad range of physical and mental health problems that disproportionately impact children, youth, and communities of color.
Approaching violence as a public health issue means identifying the root causes of this epidemic and using data, tools, and evidence-informed best practices to address those causes.
MISSION: To reduce violence in Mecklenburg County by collaborating with County, City, Partners, and Community to increase opportunity, and build healthier, more resilient communities.
VISION: All residents of Mecklenburg County will live, learn, work, and play in safe, healthy, thriving communities.
To develop safer communities, the city will implement the
SAFE Charlotte initiative which includes violence interruption, hospital-based violence intervention and $1 million in grants to local organizations. The initiative also includes pathways to employment and affordable housing. In partnership with Cure Violence Global, and a local host organization, the city and Mecklenburg County will launch Alternatives to Violence (ATV) in the Beatties Ford area.
The comprehensive planning process for reducing violence utilizes community input to assess existing programs, identify and fill gaps in services, and consolidate efforts to reduce violence over time. The comprehensive planning process and all OVP-supported initiatives are driven by these guided principles:
You Can Help Now: Please participate in our online survey to help us gain critical input and viewpoints about violence in Mecklenburg County. We are looking for community feedback
that describes experiences with violence, the impact violence has on the
community, gaps in services related to violence prevention efforts, and
solutions for reducing violence.
Tracie Campbell, Senior Health Manager, at 980-314-9117 or
Mecklenburg County Public Health encourages all eligible residents ages 12 and older to get a free COVID-19 vaccination.