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The first Coming Together video was produced during the inaugural summit on November 14, 2013.

On Thursday, November 14th, health agencies citywide launched a strategic collaboration focused on gun violence. Called “Coming Together,” this community summit brought together over 250 Milwaukee youth with community workers and leaders to discuss the impact of gun violence on young people and collectively develop strategies to prevent and reduce the impact in Milwaukee. The summit, sponsored by Community Advocates’ Milwaukee Brighter Futures Initiative, City of Milwaukee Health Department Office of Violence Prevention, the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Violence Prevention Initiative, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s Project Ujima, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Center for Urban Initiatives and Research, also highlighted preliminary results of a community-wide youth survey about attitudes and experiences concerning gun violence.

The day’s activities included a youth huddle to discuss and propose-gun violence prevention strategies and provided an opportunity for youth workers to develop their skills to address exposure to violence, learn self care practices, and help youth find their voices to combat violence. Speakers included Mayor Tom Barrett, Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Police Chief Edward Flynn, County Supervisor David Bowen as well as experts, including youth, from the field.  

Read "Milwaukee youths can help prevent gun violence," a Coming Together opinion piece featured in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. (7/10/2014)

View the Office of Violence Prevention calendar to get involved in anti-violence efforts in your community.

Conference Materials

Guns 101

 Presentations by Paulina de Haan, MA (City of Milwaukee Intergovernmental Relations) and Officer Scott Lesniewski (Milwaukee Police Department)

Milwaukee Youth Gun Survey

 Presented by John Rakowski, BS (Medical College of Wisconsin - Youth Violence Prevention Initiative and G. Scott Davis, MS (Milwaukee Public Schools Office of Innovation)

 Vicarious Trauma

 Presented by Aaron Heffernan, LCSW  and Toni Rivera-Joachin, BS, MSBM (Children's Hospital of Wisconsin - Project-Ujima)

 Self Care
  • Compassion, Satisfaction, and Fatigue Self Test PDF
  • Professional Quality of Life Scale PDF
  • My Self Care Plan PDF
 Youth Huddle
  • Gun Violence Youth Ideas PDF
 Ideas Wall
  • Ideas Wall Highlights PDF
  • Ideas Wall - All Responses PDF
  • Hope Shining from a Milwaukee victim of violence MP3


Message from Congresswoman Gwen Moore



Contact Us

Office of Violence Prevention
Milwaukee Health Department
Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building
841 North Broadway, 3rd Floor
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

Terry Perry
Director, Office of Violence Prevention
(414) 286-8553

Erin Perkins
Coordinator, Milwaukee Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
(414) 286-2997