Papachristos on gun violence as public health issue on NPR

Former Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholar Andrew Papachristos, PhD, shares the findings of a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine in this piece on NPR on how gun violence spreads over social networks like a “contagian” and should be treated more like a public health issue than just a policing problem.

Focused deterrence intervention aimed at reducing gun violence linked to results in New Haven

A study by Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholars program alum Andrew Papachristos, PhD, and colleagues published in Crime & Delinquency finds that Project Longevity, piloted in New Haven, CT started in 2012, is linked to a reduction of almost 5 GMI (group member incidents) – shootings and homicides – per month.

Focused gun violence reduction program shown to be effective among gangs in Chicago

Former Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholar Andrew Papachristos, PhD, is lead author on a study published in Criminology & Public Policy that suggests that a focused approach, such as Chicago’s Group Violence Reduction Strategy (VRS), to reducing gun violence significantly reduced gun violence (especially gunshot victimization) among gangs. Papachristos has recently commented on the national spike in homicides in Time and

Chicago police use Papachristos’ theories to target those at highest risk & curb violence

The research of Harvard Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar program alum Andrew Papachristos, PhD, on social-network violence is featured in an article in the Chicago Sun Times. Papachristos and colleagues published a study in Social Science & Medicine that revealed that 70 percent of nonfatal injuries occur within networks containing 6 percent of the city’s population. Based on Papachristos’ social-network theories, the Chicago Police Department is generating lists…

It’s a small world … for homicide victims

RWJF alum Andrew Papachristos  has shown that 41 percent of all gun homicide victims occur within a group that’s 4 percent of the population– or, to put it another way, belonging to that small network of 4 of the population increases your risk of being a homicide victim by 900 percent. Papachristos recently discussed these findings on NPR’s “Morning Edition.”

Papachristos’ Study on Key Role of Networks in Gun Violence featured in Yale Daily News

A recent article in the Yale Daily News highlights the findings of a study co-authored by Andrew Papachristos, PhD, a scholar in the RWJF Health & Society Scholars Program at the Pop Center from 2010-2012, which reveals that networks play a key role in gun violence and how this insight could lead to improved gun violence prevention programs.

Former RWJF Scholar Papachristos’ paper on network exposure & homicide victimization in African American community

Andrew Papachristos, PhD, a scholar in the RWJF Health & Society Scholars Program at the Pop Center from 2010- 2012, had an article titled “Network Exposure and Homicide Victimization in an African American Community” published in The American Journal of Public Health.