National Violence Experts Convene in Oakland

Largest meeting of hospital-based anti-violence programs

On April 28th and 29th, Youth ALIVE! an Oakland-based violence prevention nonprofit, will host the National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs (NNHVIP) annual conference. at Nile Hall, Preservation Park, 1233 Preservation Park Way, Oakland from 8:30am-5pm.  120 representatives from more than 20 cities will gather to share best practices and develop a national agenda to stop the revolving door of gunshot victims in and out our country’s urban emergency rooms.
Since 2009, NNHVIP has brought together the best and most exciting programs to share knowledge, develop best practices, collaborate on research, affect policy change, and nurture new and emerging programs. NNHVIP believes violence is preventable and that engaging a victim at the hospital bedside is a pivotal opportunity to stop the cycle of violence.

Dr. John A. Rich

The keynote speakers are: Dr. John A. Rich, MacArthur Genius Award recipient and author of “Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men” and Toni Rivera-Joachin, Project Manager of Project Ujima in Milwaukee. Conference attendees include: individuals and representatives of organizations considering starting up a program; local and national organizations, policy makers, researchers, and funders interested in partnering with and supporting hospital-based violence intervention programs; and leadership as well as line staff from existing hospital-based programs.
Conference Host and NNHVIP Leader is Anne Marks, MPP, the Executive Director at Youth ALIVE! in Oakland, which operates the National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs (NNHVIP)? NNHVIP was formed in 2009 to support existing programs and nurture emerging ones. Anne has a background in violence prevention, social justice, advocacy, and communications. She has worked for the U.S. State Department, a presidential campaign, and local initiatives.  For five years she administered the City of Oakland’s prison reentry strategies and then, after the passage of a local Measure Y, she oversaw $6 million annually of violence prevention strategies, including Youth ALIVE!