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    Morehouse School of Medicine hosts Metropolitan Atlanta Violence Prevention Partnership Forum

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    December 8, 2010


    Media Contact:
    Frances Thompkins
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    fthompkins@msm.edu



    Morehouse School of Medicine Hosts 

    Metropolitan Atlanta Violence Prevention Partnership Forum


    “Peace Plan Addresses Violence Prevention Across Metropolitan Atlanta”




    ATLANTA – Violence prevention experts from six counties are coming together to unveil a regional peace plan to combat violence in metro Atlanta.

    The plan will be unveiled at the Metropolitan Atlanta Violence Prevention Partnership’s (MAVPP) citywide violence prevention breakfast, forum and awards ceremony.  The event will take place on Friday, December 10, 2010,  from 8 a.m. until noon at the Adamsville Recreation Center, 3201 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, S.W., Atlanta, Georgia.  

    Recent events suggest that violent crime is a systemic crisis that is seriously impacting citizens from all cultures, income levels and locales across the metropolitan Atlanta area. Among 10 to 24 year-olds, homicide is the nation’s leading cause of death for African Americans; the second leading cause of death for Hispanics; and the third leading cause of death for Asian/Pacific Islanders and Native Americans and Alaska Natives.  In addition, homicide rates among non-Hispanic, African American males 10-24 years of age (60.7 per 100,000) exceed those of Hispanic males (20.6 per 100,000) and non-Hispanic, White males in the same age group (3.5 per 100,000).

    Sadly, violence in Atlanta is just as compelling as that on the national level.  The forum, the second of its kind, brings together a diverse group of stakeholders and community leaders to put forth sustainable solutions to promote large-scale changes. “It’s a little known secret that Atlanta is leading the nation as a non-violence movement, spearheaded by a healthy family of violence prevention pioneers”, says James P. Griffin, Jr., Ph.D., Research Associate Professor, Morehouse School of Medicine.  “Without question, we have the scientific technology to become effective peace-makers”.  

    The award ceremony will recognize 21 outstanding individuals and organizations, on a national level, that are making a notable contribution in the area of violence prevention.

    “Love is the seed that needs to be planted and nurtured into our youth in order for them to bear fruits of peace.  This peace plan will instill love that will, in turn, produce peace within our youth and for the community" states Monique Rivarde, mother of the late Bobby Tillman.   

    The Fulton County Department of Human Services is the lead sponsor of the MAVPP forum.  Other sponsors include – Administration for Children and Families, Atlanta Regional Office; Atlanta City Councilmember C.T. Martin; Emory Center for Injury Control; The Office of Mayor Kasim Reed; The Genesis Prevention Coalition; The King Center; The Prevention Research Center at Morehouse School of Medicine; and Visions Unlimited.


    About Morehouse School of Medicine
    Morehouse School of Medicine is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals and communities; increasing the diversity of the health professional and scientific workforce; and addressing primary health-care needs through programs in education, research, and service, with emphasis on people of color and the underserved urban and rural populations in Georgia and the nation.

    Morehouse School of Medicine is a member of the largest consortium of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the world — the Atlanta University Center (AUC). For more information about Morehouse School of Medicine, visit us online at www.msm.edu