News & Research Pre-2005

HYVPC Yerby Fellow Selected as Chief Medical Director of Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice
Shairi Turner, MD, MPH, a Yerby Post-Doctoral Fellow at the HYVPC from 2002-2004, was selected as the Chief Medical Director of Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice beginning in February 2005. Florida’s is the 3rd largest juvenile justice system in the U.S. Dr. Turner will be responsible for the medical care and well-being of 150,000 referred youth each year; about 10,000 detained adolescents will be directly under her care at any moment in time. She is Co-Chair of the Alternatives to Detention Subcommittee.

HYVPC Associate Director Dr. Angela Browne was recently named to the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The JJAC is charged with coordinating juvenile justice and delinquency prevention efforts in the Commonwealth and with providing policy recommendations to the Governor and state legislators on juvenile justice matters.

Molnar Paper Honored by Journal
Dr. Beth Molnar’s paper “A Multilevel Study of Neighborhoods and Parent-to-Child Physical Aggression” was chosen by the journal Child Maltreatment as its “Article of the Year.”

HYVPC Director of Programs Honored
Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Director of Programs at the Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center, was awarded the Donald Cressy Award by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency for her “outstanding academic contributions to criminology.”

Boston Peace Party

Over 200 community members were present on Friday, October 25th, 2002 to watch Erika Harold, Miss America 2003, present awards to 28 individuals honored by the Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center (HYVPC) at the First Annual Boston Peace Party. The honorees, fourteen youth and fourteen adults, received a Community Star Award for their work promoting peace in their neighborhoods. The awardees were nominated by other community members. The final award recipients were determined by the HYVPC community partners: Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center, Hispanic Office of Planning and Evaluation, Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, Mattapan Community Health Center, South Boston Community Health Center, Teens Against Gang Violence, and Whittier Street Neighborhood Health Center. The evening was moderated by Dr. Howard Spivak of New England Medical Center and Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Director of Programs for the HYVPC.

The celebration began on Thursday, October 24, 2002, with a press conference kicking off the Boston Peace Party and recognizing the National Day of Concern About Young People and Gun Violence. Joining Miss America at the press conference was Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Dr. David Hemenway, co-primary investigator of the HYVPC and Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, and seven students from the Mission Hill School. Students signed a voluntary pledge stating:

“I will never carry a gun to school; I will never use a gun to settle a dispute; and I will use my influence with my friends to keep them from using guns to settle disputes.”

The Boston Peace Party and associated activities were significant because they acknowledged the value of the contributions made by those who do not hold formal “violence prevention” positions, but whose efforts are critical in the creation of healthy communities for America’s youth.