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Initiatives

Sokoto House is the nexus for a number of initiatives, active and in development, focused on the betterment of the community and response to the needs of America's most vulnerable populations.

These initiatives are developed as a cooperative effort by Quality Life Blueprint, Advance Youth Outreach, and CHASM (Community Healing through Activism & Strategic Mobilization), who provide evaluation, strategic planning, and evidence-based strategies. A number of supporting advisors also contributed input.

Community Health Worker (CHW) in Violence Prevention

"A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the worker to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. A community health worker also builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy." - American Public Health Association, Community Health Workers. Published 2009.
www.apha.org/apha-communities/member-sections/community-health-workers

CHW's in Violence Prevention navigate three essential areas of social impact:

  1. Direct Service: Implementing a robust network of referral based assistance that helps to support wrap around services and social support for individuals and families
  2. Education and Health Promotion: Developing, adapting and implementing trainings and capacity building programs
  3. Advocacy and Policy: Contributing to policy and strategic planning regarding decisions that impact the populations they serve and represent

Please see CHASM for more information.

Community-based Public-health Response to Violence (CPrV)

CPrV is a comprehensive community-led strategy that advances violence as a public health priority and community assets as primary facilitators of violence prevention initiatives when equipped with public health science and deployed within historically marginalized communities.

Core Strategies

Supportive Strategies

The primary goal of CHASM is to establish CPrV as a nationally recognized evidence-based program that increases capacity within historically marginalized communities to advance violence as a public health priority and community based leadership and professional capacity as essential to effective violence prevention strategies.

CPrV in Action

CPrV is currently being implemented in Wilmington, North Carolina's Cape Fear region (please see Cape Fear's Comprehensive Community Violence Prevention Strategy) and aims to demonstrate its scalability across multiple communities throughout America.

For more information on this comprehensive, community-based approach to violence prevention, please review the CCCVPS page on the Quality Life Blueprint site. Also, read the Wilmington, NC Star News article on the Sokoto House to see how some of these strategies are being implemented.

CCCVPS


Sokoto House is also home to Advance Youth Outreach and Quality Life Blueprint. Click or tap the address below for a map.

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