Cabarrus Health Alliance

Cabarrus Health Alliance Wins Federal Grant to Curb Youth Violence

October 02, 2014


October 1, 2014

Public Information Officer: Erin Shoe – (704) 920-1345


Office of Minority Health Selects Cabarrus Health Alliance as Grantee

Work will focus on innovative approaches to curb youth violence

 Kannapolis, N.C. –Yesterday Cabarrus Health Alliance was awarded another federal grant in the amount $362,668 annually for three years to curb youth violence and to help youth reach their full potential.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced nine grant recipients this morning totaling approximately $3 million to help curb youth violence and improve the health and well-being of underserved and distressed communities.

Nine demonstration sites from across the country will receive grant funding through the Minority Youth Violence Prevention: Integrating Public Health and Community Policing Approaches (MYVP) program, a joint effort by the HHS Office of Minority Health and the DOJ Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) to support interventions aimed at addressing youth violence, improving academic outcomes, increasing access to public health and social services, reducing disparities, reducing negative encounters with law enforcement and reducing violent crimes against minority youth. Grantees are working on initiatives that combine community policing and prevention approaches within a public health framework.

Through this funding, CHA will implement Cabarrus STARS (Students Taking a Right Stand). Cabarrus STARS has a unique and powerful opportunity to impact county-wide social norms towards positive decision-making that will improve educational outcomes and reduce school violence among minority male youth. STARS will incorporate three major components: Systems-based Training, Case Management with Cognitive Behavioral Prevention Education, and Positive Youth Development. The program will provide three years of systems-level staff training and intensive prevention programming to approximately 450-600 at-risk minority male youth attending selected high-needs middle and high schools within Cabarrus County and Kannapolis City Schools. A valuable component of the proposed project is the use of volunteer fire fighters and police officers who will assist with programming and serve as positive, caring adult role models.

“This program is another example of how critical public health is in creating a healthy community. Violence contributes to the lack of wellbeing in our community just as much as poor access to health care. Our partnerships will be key to implementing a successful program and we’re ready to get started,” shared Dr. William Pilkington, CHA Public Health Director and CEO.

To learn more about Cabarrus Health Alliance’s prevention and wellness efforts, visit .

Other awardees:

·         Asian Media Access, Inc. , Minneapolis, Minn. — $380,000

·         Chatham County Board of Commissioners, Savannah, Ga. — $220,100

·         City of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio — $345,000

·         DeKalb County Board of Health, Decatur, Ga — $357,557

·         Health Education Council, West Sacramento, Calif. — $370,000

·         Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital, Inc., Binghamton, N.Y.– $325,536

·         Public Health Authority of Cabarrus County, Kannapolis, N.C. — $362,668

·         City of West Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, FL — $340,000Youth Alive, Oakland, Calif. — $133,333


The COPS Office grant awardee is listed below:

·         Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation, New York, N.Y., $499,938


About Cabarrus Health Alliance: Cabarrus Health Alliance is the public health authority of Cabarrus County. Cabarrus Health Alliance is an autonomous organization and provider of services and programs designed to meet the needs of public health. Cabarrus Health Alliance is a leader in public health and nationally recognized for its innovation. Cabarrus Health Alliance employs 220 people and has an annual budget of $18 million dollars.

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