Feb 3 2012
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Stephen Colbert Meets "The Interrupters"

>>EDITOR'S NOTE: On 9/13/2012 CeaseFire changed its name to Cure Violence.

Earlier this week on The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert likened Ameena Matthews, a violence “interrupter” at CeaseFire, a Chicago-based organization that employs a public health approach to stop the epidemic of gun violence in cities around the country, to an antibody. Matthews works in tough neighborhoods to stop the transmission of violence from person to person in much the same way that disease control professionals contain and prevent the spread of infectious illnesses.

Matthews can be seen in “The Interrupters," a documentary about CeaseFire that will be aired on PBS Frontline on February 14, 2012.

Recommended Readings:

  • Read NewPublicHealth interviews with CeaseFire founder Gary Slutkin and Tio Hardiman, director of CeaseFire Illinois, first posted when “The Interrupters” was released last year.
  • Also check out the first rigorous evaluation of the CeaseFire model outside of Chicago. In Baltimore, researchers found the Safe Streets program cut homicides by more than half in the Cherry Hill neighborhood.
  • Watch The Colbert Report video and read more over at APHA's Public Health Newswire.

Tags: Community violence, Prevention, Violence