News & Research 2008

December 12, 2008
HYVPC Community Star Awardees

Thanks to all who came to the Boston Peace Party and made it a great success!

December 4, 2008
Peace Institute Loses State Funding

The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, one of HYVPC’s Community Partners and a leader in violence prevention efforts in Boston, has lost a substantial amount of funding due to state budget cuts. They may be forced to close within a few months unless their fundraising activities are very successful. So far there has been a great outpouring of community support. If you would like to make a donation, please visit their website.

December 3, 2008
Boston Peace Party 12/6 at UMass Boston
You are invited to attend the Boston Peace Party, hosted by HYVPC and UMass Boston, from 9-3 this Saturday, December 6th at the UMass Boston campus. Mayor Menino will present awards to community leaders in violence prevention. There will also be a policy panel titled “Impacting Policy and Practice, Celebrating our Commitment to Prevention”  moderated by Dr Deborah Prothrow-Stith and a keynote speech on  peace promotion, violence prevention, and public health by Dr. Tina Chery of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. See links below for more information, or contact LeSette Wright

September 18, 2008
BYS in the News
Mary Vriniotis was interviewed for an article about teen shootings in Boston. The article featured 2006 Boston Youth Survey data on safety, shootings, and gun access.

August 27, 2008
Deborah Prothrow-Stith leaving HSPH
HYVPC is sad to announce the departure of Deborah Prothrow-Stith September 5th. She has made tremendous contributions to HYVPC as its Director of Programs, and we wish her all the best as she moves on to new endeavors.

Message from Deborah Prothrow-Stith:
As of September 15th I will join the Spencer Stuart executive search firm and transition to adjunct faculty here at HSPH.  Founded in 1956, Spencer Stuart is one of the world’s leading privately held firms with 52 offices in 27 countries (including South Africa).

This midlife decision to reinvent my career is coupled with mixed emotions. I am excited to learn new things, experience the business side of health care, and have an impact on  health and public health leadership.  On the other hand, I will miss my HSPH family tremendously.

August 26, 2008

HYVPC is highlighted in the Summer 2008 issue of the National ACE News, which spotlights a variety of activities of the National Academic Centers of Excellence on Youth Violence Prevention (ACEs). Download this and prior issues from their website.

May 27, 2008
Boston Youth Survey data are being put to use by the Vietnamese community in Dorchester, with the help of Mary Vriniotis. Read more about this collaboration in an article in today’s Boston Globe.


April 3, 2008

New BYS 2006 Fact Sheets Available Online
Download our fact sheets on snitching, and gun carrying. For more information, contact Mary Vriniotis,

January 10, 2008
The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute will be hosting their first Monthly Community Peace Making Circle.

January 3, 2008
Robert Sege has developed a new training video titled, “Youth Violence Prevention Training Module”. These video cases are based on stories told by Boston-area teens (portrayed in the video by teen actors) who have received Emergency Department treatment for violence-related injuries. The video was produced by Vida Communications, a minority owned small business with extensive experience in health education. Click here to view the video (you will need to download RealPlayer to view this).