Stopping Violence at the Source

UMB and Shock Trauma Center announce the launch of the UMB Center for Violence Prevention to help reduce and respond to violence in Baltimore City and beyond.

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The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Center for Violence Prevention seeks to intervene, reduce, and respond to violence in our city, bringing together the expertise of the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center and the University of Maryland schools of medicine, social work, and law.

The center seeks to bridge the activities of those across UMB and in the community in an interdisciplinary, collaborative fashion to conduct community-based participatory research, provide creative and impactful education, and inform and advocate for policies that strengthen our communities to prevent violence and trauma.

The center is a collaborative effort of UMB and Shock Trauma.

Mission

To build resilient and equitable communities for all through the prevention and intervention of all forms of violence and trauma

Vision

We believe all individuals must thrive in a safe and equitable environment, and this is achieved by preventing all forms of violence. With an interdisciplinary approach, the center will collaborate and partner across communities, academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, governmental bodies, corporations and philanthropic organizations to bridge together and advocate for informed policies and interventions toward violence prevention and creating social justice for all. This is achieved through collaborations and community-based partnerships to conduct research, develop creative and impactful education, and advocate for polices that strengthen our communities.

Creating the Center for Violence Prevention

Violence impacts communities across the United States — including here in Baltimore. The mission of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) calls us to improve the human condition and serve the public good — and working to prevent violence is an important part of that mission.

To that end, UMB is launching a center to address violence prevention and intervention efforts, thanks to a $2 million gift from Betsy Sherman and the Sherman Family Foundation. The Center for Violence Prevention, housed in the Office of the Provost, will be a multidisciplinary initiative led by Thomas M. Scalea, MD, the Honorable Francis X. Kelly Distinguished Professor of Trauma Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and physician-in-chief at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center, in collaboration with the UMB schools of medicine, social work, and law.

This interdisciplinary center seeks to bridge the activities of those across the University and in the community in a collaborative fashion to conduct community-based participatory research, provide creative and impactful education, and inform and advocate for policies that strengthen our communities to prevent violence and trauma. Its mission is to build resilient and equitable communities for all through the prevention and intervention of all forms of violence and trauma.

A national search has begun for the center’s executive director, who will be charged with engaging researchers, practitioners, and community members and seeking additional funding to support the center’s initiatives. This includes creating and managing an advisory board, which will be composed of key leaders invested in the work and outcomes of the center.