News & Research 2009

September 1, 2009

HYVPC highlighted in ACE newsletter

The National ACE Program News, a quarterly e-newsletter, spotlights a variety of activities of the Academic Centers of Excellence on Youth Violence Prevention. This issue, the spotlight is on us! Please click here to read the Summer 2009 issue.

August 29, 2009
Reuters publishes article on Neighborhood Safety and Overweight Status paper
A recently published paper on the association between neighborhood safety and overweight status among urban adolescents using data from the 2006 Boston Youth Survey as garnered some nice press on Reuters.

July 3, 2009
The Boston Globe Publishes Article on Weather and Violence Perpetration
Mary Vriniotis was interviewed by the Boston Globe for an article on weather and violence perpetration.

June 9, 2009
Son of HYVPC member murdered

Janie Gibbs, a HYVPC member from the Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center in Dorchester, lost her son Travis Davis, 29, in a firearm homicide in Roxbury last Friday. We are deeply saddened for Janie’s loss. Please download our press release.

May 10, 2009
Louis D. Brown Peace Institute’s Annual Mothers’ Walk for Peace

The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute’s (LDBPI) 13th Annual Mothers’ Walk for Peace will be held on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2009.  The Mothers’ Walk draws together hundreds of men, women, & children who make up the surviving families of homicide victims, as well as community supporters from throughout Massachusetts. The Mothers’ Day Walk is LDBPI’s signature event. Come out and walk to show your commitment to peace by raising any amount of pledges to help them reach their goal of $200,000! Read more here.


April 23, 2009
HYVPC continues collaboration with Vietnamese community

Mary Vriniotis was mentioned in an article in today’s Boston Globe on providing local Vietnamese teens with alternatives to gang involvement.


March 4, 2009
Louis D. Brown Peace Institute Hosts Homicide Support Service Providers Breakfast

On March 4, 2009, 8:30-11:30am, the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute will be hosting a “Homicide Support Service Providers Breakfast.”  At the meeting, they will be sharing the results of a qualitative study “Healing Through Helping: Tool Kits for Survivors and Providers” as well as reviewing crisis response protocol.  For more information, please view the flyer.


January 27, 2009

Renee Johnson appointed to BU faculty
We are sad to announce Dr. Renee Johnson will be leaving HSPH to accept a faculty position at Boston University. Fortunately, she will be close by and remain an integral member of the HYVPC team. Please see her announcement below:

Dear Colleagues & Friends,
I am very pleased to announce that, after four and a half years at the Harvard School of Public Health, I will be leaving the School to join the faculty at the Boston University School of Public Health, effective February 2, 2009. I’ve loved my time here at HSPH, and have had the incredible fortune to have worked with Dr. David Hemenway, Dr. Deborah Azrael, and the team at Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center and Harvard Injury Control Research Center. I am delighted to say that my work with the Centers will continue even though my primary appointment will change. I look forward to staying in touch with you!


January 26, 2009
Black History Month Kickoff

Join HYVPC February 7 at the Vine Street Community Health Center in Roxbury from 12-4 to celebrate Black History Month. See the flyer for more information. A significant portion of the day will be dedicated to youth, so please invite youth to volunteer and participate.