A Healthier Wisconsin

Creating a Guns, Grief & Grace Toolkit

Designing a framework for fostering a sustained public health dialogue on gun violence prevention

Full Project Name:Guns, Grief, & Grace Toolkit: A Framework for Public Health Dialogue on Gun ViolencePrimary Community Organization:Carroll UniversityAward Amount:$10,000.00
Award Date
Project Duration:3 months

Project Description Narrative:

Preventing gun violence is a massive undertaking that continues to elude communities. The current high level of political and societal polarization is a significant contributor to stagnated conversations on preventing gun violence. There is a need to shift this divisive framework to one that seeks common ground with reliable data and engagement that elicits meaningful civic dialogue and fosters collaboration around prevention. To do so requires a strong coalition of diverse stakeholders governed by a shared vision and collaborative plan to lead the change. This project aimed to engage Milwaukee-area stakeholders in collaboratively designing a strategic framework to create and foster a sustained public health dialogue on gun violence prevention through an evidence-supported, updated, online toolkit as a resource for a range of greater Milwaukee audiences.

Project partners: Core Team: Carroll University, Center for Urban Population Health, Medical College of Wisconsin, New Moon Productions

Advisory board: Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch University, Crisis Prevention Institute, Marquette University, Milwaukee Health Department and Office of Violence Prevention, Milwaukee Muslim Women's Coalition, Mount Mary University, Olu Sijuwade/ Peace Camps, Prevent Suicide Wisconsin, Sojourner Family Peace Center, United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties, UW-Milwaukee, Urban Underground

Community connectors: Common Ground, Project Ujima, Wauwatosa Mayor

Outcomes & Lessons Learned:

  • Developed a strategic framework, including a shared vision, goal, objectives, strategies, and anticipated outputs and outcomes, to guide development and dissemination of the Guns, Grief & Grace: Everyone's Toolkit to foster sustained, inclusive public health dialogue on gun violence

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