Date of Graduation

Summer 8-27-2014

Document Type

Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Dr. Alba Diaz

Second Advisor

Dr. Kia James

Abstract

Oakland, California - a home to almost 400,000 residents - is the top five most violent cities of the nation. There are lots of factors that greatly contribute to violence including: Poverty, housing/homelessness, unemployment, food insecurity, educational attainment, substance abuse. These factors feed to greater healthy disparities and increased trauma in low-income communities – specifically in east and west Oakland. Measure Y, now called Oakland Unite, is the current violence prevention effort that is set for reauthorization in November 2014. In order for these efforts to continue, Oakland Unite has started looking at comprehensive violence prevention initiatives that includes mental health and trauma informed practices as the primary focus. Recommendations for Oakland Unite include: technical assistances, training, staff support and leveraged funding for agencies to become a trauma informed organizations and continue this work for many years to come.