The Aftermath (e.g. Hurricane, Riots, Gun Violence)
Sharing Session - 30 Minutes
Efforts to prevent youth violence often focus on individual behavior change strategies, ignoring aspects of the environment that make communities unsafe. The Monterey County Health Department has implemented and provided training in “Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design” (CPTED) to influence the social and built environments, to reduce the likelihood of crime, and improve neighborhood cohesion. Community partners essential to the success of this strategy have been Building Healthy Communities East Salinas, the City of Salinas, and housing advocates. The locations of CPTED improvements completed by local youth, through the City's General Plan and by city agencies, will be compared to crime hot spot maps, showing the density of youth involved in violence. Maps showing reductions in the density of youth violence from 2011, 2015, and 2017 will be presented. CPTED is a Centers for Disease Control promising practice that guides design, building, and maintenance to improve community safety.