Gun Violence Prevention Plan Unveiled For Annapolis Neighborhood

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Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley and County Health Officer Dr. Tonii Gedin on Jan. 12 announced that Kingdom Kare will implement the Cure Violence Global program in Eastport. (Jacob Baumgart/Patch, File Photo)

Press release from Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman's Office:

Two local organizations will partner to implement a violence interruption program aimed at reducing violence and promoting safety in local communities

Annapolis, Maryland - (January 12, 2024) - County Executive Steuart Pittman and the Anne Arundel County Department of Health (DOH) today announced Kingdom Kare as the lead organization to implement the Cure Violence Global (CVG) program in Annapolis. Kingdom Kare will partner with A Glimpse of Paradise, another nonprofit organization that has deep roots in the Annapolis community. This collaboration aims to address and prevent violence within the Eastport community, fostering a safer and more secure environment in neighborhoods. ..

“This is a significant step forward in the county's commitment to enhancing public safety and promoting community well-being,” said County Executive Steuart Pittman. “The connections and expertise of these two organizations make them well-equipped to implement this important program.”

Cure Violence Global is a public health-based violence interruption model that treats violence as a contagious disease. By interrupting the transmission of violence, engaging high-risk individuals, and changing social norms, the program has proven successful in reducing violence in numerous communities across the nation. The violence interruption program will employ a holistic approach, combining community engagement, mental health resources, education, and employment opportunities to address the underlying issues contributing to violence.

“This partnership aligns with our commitment to ensuring the health and safety of our community members,” Anne Arundel County Health Officer Dr. Tonii Gedin said. “By addressing violence as a public health issue, we will create lasting, positive change.”

The DOH’s Gun Violence Intervention Team held listening sessions in Annapolis communities identified through the Cure Violence Global assessment as locations where a violence interruption program could be implemented. The purpose of these listening sessions were to identify which area would be the best fit for a Violence Interruption Program. Through these listening sessions, Eastport residents expressed interest in having a violence interruption program in their community.

“The City of Annapolis has been proud to partner with the Health Department over the past 18 months to bring Cure Violence Global to Annapolis and we are very grateful they have chosen to invest here to start the program,” said Mayor Gavin Buckley. “Violence interruption is another important tool we are adding to our toolkit to prevent the spread of violence. Along with the City’s commitment to reimagining our Eastport Terrace and Harbor House communities through the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, it represents a significant local investment in public safety and hope for these communities.”

Kingdom Kare brings a wealth of experience in community organizing, social services, and violence prevention to the partnership. Their proven track record in implementing successful programs aligns seamlessly with the goals of the violence intervention initiative. The next steps involve interviewing and hiring staff who will then be trained and certified by CVG. Once the work begins, CVG and the county will have weekly check-ins and status reports from Kingdom Kare.

“We will empower individuals, strengthen community bonds, and create sustainable solutions that promote a safer and more resilient environment for residents in the Eastport community,” Bishop Antonio Palmer, program manager of Kingdom Kare’s Violence Interruption Program said.

The DOH will invite the media to meet members of the Violence Interruption team once the hiring phase is completed. To learn more about the program, please click here.

For more information, visit www.aahealth.org/cure-violence-global.


This press release was produced by Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman's Office. The views expressed here are the author’s own.

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