Philadelphia CeaseFire, based at the medical school’s Center for Bioethics, Urban Health and Policy, seeks to reduce the number of shootings and killings in the 22nd district of North Philadelphia.
Ceasefire, which has been in operation for six months, is a structured and disciplined violence intervention program, developed in Chicago and based on the premise that violence is a public health issue and can be prevented. The program at the university is a duplicate of the evidence based CeaseFire Chicago public health model.
Director of Philadelphia CeaseFire and the Center for Bioethics, Urban Health and Policy Marla Bellamy said. “Our approach is community driven.”
“We want to let communities and residents know that these acts of violence are not acceptable,” Bellamy added.