Healing Together: Preventing Youth Violence in Upton and Druid Heights is working to:

  • Prevent youth violence​
  • Promote trauma-informed care​

Key Partners

  • Druid Heights Community Development Corporation​
  • R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of ​
    Maryland Medical Center​
  • Baltimore City Health Department ​

In partnership with:

  • Promise Heights​
  • Roberta’s House ​
  • Communities United ​

Obstacles to Health and Identified Health Challenges

  • Poverty, violence, and lack of community cohesion ​
  • High blood pressure, diabetes
  • Mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, sleep deprivation
  • Risky behavior such as drug abuse, repetition of original trauma, and the perpetuation of interpersonal violence ​

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Background

Healing Together:  Preventing Youth Violence in Upton/Druid Heights focuses on a predominantly African American neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland. Trauma and stress are commonplace among residents — nearly 60% of adults are unemployed, life expectancy is the lowest in Baltimore, and the murder rate is almost two times that of the city (which has the fifth highest homicide rate in the nation). ​ ​

The Druid Heights Community Development Corporation (DHCDC), in coordination with the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center and the Baltimore City Health Department, aims to reduce trauma and stress induced by poverty, violence, and the lack of a cohesive community. Solutions promote trauma-informed care and focus on the community. Furthermore, the program seeks to address the sources of such trauma and stress through a combination of preventative measures and data analysis. ​

The collaboration will follow a public health approach to youth violence prevention, using several tactics including:. ​

  • A two-generation approach to strengthening families: providing case management to pregnant women and teaching literacy and responsible parenting techniques that offer alternatives to physical discipline​
  • Preventive policing ​
  • Alternative discipline in community schools ​
  • Improved trauma care in community schools​