SOCIAL ISSUES

Is there a cure for violence?

The University Area CDC, in an effort to assuage the endemic use of violence within the University Area Community, contacted the Chicago-based NGO Cure Violence to consult them about their public health approach to treating violence. Its founder, epidemiologist Dr. Gary Slutkin, utilizes the same techniques he would use in Africa to isolate malaria and HIV endemics in the Urban areas of Chicago. But instead of using these techniques to treat communicable diseases, he uses them to treat the social phenomenon of violence. The Cure Violence model has had some outstanding results; the model has been proven over the past decade to decrease violence 40 to 60% in the most violent communities that it has been applied in.

The short film Prometheus highlights the endemic effects violence has in a community and the potential to end it by implementing the Cure Violence model.