Reaching out in good faith.

The Catholic Health Initiative (CHI) has recently made violence prevention a priority.


Summary: This article examined a partnership between St. Clare’s Health System in Denville, New Jersey and representatives from the county domestic violence agency, sexual assault victim services, school system, local churches, the YMCA, and the county prosecutor’s office.  Through this partnership, a taskforce was created that examined the data on violence in the community which included bullying, domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.  The taskforce adopted a primary prevention approach aimed at stopping violence against children.  The taskforce believed that if a child is not exposed to violence they are less likely to commit violent acts as they grow older.  The resulting community partnership aimed to foster healthy childhood development at multiple levels, and to provide education to parents. The lessons learned from the partnership are that outreach efforts include as many community members as possible is essential. 


Limitations: This article addressed how the partnership was created, and its goals and strengths, but it did not present any empirical data because it was not available at the time of publication.


Applications: This article examined community partnerships that have been created through the Catholic Health Initiative and their successes, challenges, and lessons learned.

Friedman, E.
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Journal of the Catholic Health Association of the United States
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