Urban Health Initiative: Working to Ensure the Health and Safety of Children

The Foundation's program, Urban Health Initiative: Working to Ensure the Health and Safety of Children, was designed to improve the health and safety of young people in urban areas by improving collaboration among youth-serving agencies and organizations. The purpose of this project is to address the issues affecting children and youth by initiating both broad, wide-ranging changes to the systems that serve children and youth, as well as by creating and expanding strategies that will measurably decrease the two main threats to the health and safety of youth in Philadelphia--youth violence and youth substance abuse. Major systems change activities include: (1) annual publication of the Report Card and Children's Budget: succinct and concise yearly assessments of the status of children's well being and the public investments in children and youth; (2) Integrated Data Initiative: once developed, this system will allow the sharing of client information across departments and will facilitate the creation of a data mart to store and analyze aggregate date; (3) Children's Investment Strategy: through a collaborative of public and private agencies and service providers, Safe and Sound will assist in the expansion of youth development and after-school activities; and (4) Statewide Campaign: will ensure that issues of critical importance to children and youth receive appropriate attention in the upcoming gubernatorial campaign. Major activities to reduce youth violence and substance abuse are: (1) Children's Investment Strategy: as above; (2) Youth Violence Reduction Partnership: already in operation, this multiagency partnership will expand into areas of greatest need; and (3) Weapons Related Surveillance System: a project to collect data relating to youth violence that will be analyzed and developed into policy recommendations.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $5,996,150.00

Awarded on: 12/20/2001

Time frame: 1/1/2002 - 12/31/2005

Grant Number: 43726


Philadelphia Safe and Sound

1835 Market Street, Suite 420
Philadelphia, 19103-2933


Anne Shenberger
Project Director