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Welcome to the Office of Community Wellness and Safety 

(Formerly known as Office of Violence Prevention)

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Request for Proposals (RFP) 

The Office of Community Wellness and Safety is excited to announce the release of three Requests for Proposals (RFPs).  Feel free to consider applying to one or multiple of these RFPs, and share them with anyone who may be interested. Below is a link and brief description of each RFP: 

Credible Clinicians and Healers Network

  • The Office of Community Wellness and Safety is seeking up to twenty-five (25) licensed mental health clinicians and professional healers to provide services to people who survived violence or who are impacted by the effects of violence. Close Date: Mar 5 2024, 4:30 PM CST

Summer of Healing

  • The Office of Community Wellness and Safety is seeking to award multiple community-based organizations who promote healing, restorative practices, and resiliency by using evidence-based practices up to $50,000.00 each. Awardees will lead activities during the summer to support youth and/or their families who reside in Milwaukee’s Promise Zones or other communities disproportionately affected by violence. Close Date: Mar 19 2024, 4:30 PM CST

Youth Leadership, Resilience, and Healing Curriculum

  • The Office of Community Wellness and Safety is seeking an organization to develop and implement a curriculum that teaches youth the skills needed to develop, implement, and evaluate evidence-based violence prevention strategies. Close Date: Mar 5 2024, 4:30 PM CST

Why take a Public Health Approach to Violence?

Each year, millions of individuals, families, and communities bear the physical, mental, and economic costs of violence. As a leading cause of injury, disability, and premature death, this issue compromises health and safety. Merely witnessing violent incidents can result in psychological disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and stress. Violence discourages economic development in troubled areas, thereby affecting the accessibility of jobs, healthy food, and safe housing. The physical wellbeing of residents, who stay indoors to avoid violent behavior in their community, can exacerbate health problems.

Fortunately, violence is a learned behavior and is preventable.

The public health approach uses a four-pronged framework to investigate, understand, and address violence by:

  • Defining the nature and scope of the violence problem through data collection
  • Researching why violence occurs, who it affects, risk and protective factors, and other influences that can be impacted through intervention strategies
  • Designing, implementing, and evaluating violence prevention strategies
  • Ensuring widespread adoption of evidence-based practices on an individual, family, community, and societal level

Our aim is to stop violence before it starts. Community-wide prevention is the most effective, long-term solution to violence, and the Office of Community Wellness & Safety engages a wide range of partners to facilitate a multidisciplinary, population-level approach to influence the social, behavioral, and environmental factors that contribute to violence. The Office of Community Wellness & Safety brings together agencies, experts, and community resources on efforts that reduce:

  • Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence
  • Sexual Assault
  • Child Abuse
  • Human Trafficking
  • Children Witness to Violence
  • Community Violence
  • Gun Violence
  • Interpersonal Violence, Intentional injury, and Homicide


The Office of Community Wellness and Safety


 Northwest Health Center: 7630 W Mill Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53218

 [email protected]

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