Violence of all forms affects New York City, devastating families and communities. The prevailing paradigm treats violence as a moral corruption or human failing that requires punitive strategies to correct and control; however, increasingly research demonstrate that a purely punitive solution does little to address the root cause of violence and that strategies used to address public health, such as approaches that focus on preventing events, providing treatment for people at the most risk and changing social expectations are more effective in responding to community violence.  Reducing violence means safer and healthier communities.  NYC CIDI has proposed to have the Capstone team to examine the theoretical, operational and mitigation strategies associated with responding to violence through a public health lens.

The Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence (CIDI) is the data intelligence team in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services (HHS). CIDI’s direct initiative is to provide data driven insight to areas of need throughout the city and to highlight areas where HHS can have the most effective and efficient outcomes for clients.