The Safer Tomorrows: Injury Prevention and Violence Reduction ProjectŠ

Monday, 30 July 2012

Clarissa Agee Shavers, DNSc, WHNP-BC, RN, TRECOS-Fellow
Principal Investigator and Program Director, The Safer Tomorrows: Injury Prevention and Violence Reduction Project, Primary Care Office, Detroit, MI

Learning Objective 1: Identify the aims, goals, purpose and objectives of The Safer Tomorrows: Prevention and Violence Reduction ProjectŠ.

Learning Objective 2: Describe the expected outcomes of The Safer Tomorrows: Injury Prevention and Violence Reduction ProjectŠ.

Children, adolescents and families living in volatile homes or communities have a unique set of concerns, needs, and issues. Nurses and other health care providers, as well as interdisciplinary community-based professionals must confront and attempt to effectively promote the healing and restoration of children, adolescents and families who have self-reported actual, previous or past, and who are at-risk for exposure to various forms of violence and trauma as a result of living in volatile homes or communities. In many cases especially among these vulnerable populations there exist sharp disparities in equity, access to health care and provision of multidisciplinary or inter-disciplinary community-based services and resources. In responses to meeting the needs of these youth and their families, The Safer Tomorrows: Injury Prevention and Violence Reduction Project© Research Team, Partners, Volunteers, Collaborating Agencies and Organizations have partnered with the Michigan Department of Community Health and other local, state, national, and international colleagues to develop a structured injury prevention, violence reduction and global healthy peaceful conflict resolution evidence-based psycho-social-emotional intervention called The Safer Tomorrows Project©. One of the proposed significant outcomes is The Safer Tomorrows Project Case Management Research Practice Model©. This model consists of a structured format which addresses the issues of (1) safety nets,  (2) access to services, resources, and programs, (3) coordination of services, and (4) global health education around the themes of injury prevention, violence reduction, and healthy peaceful conflict evidence-based resolutions or strategies. The effectiveness and efficacy of this evidence-based psycho-social-emotional intervention is to be evaluated over a 10-year period.