Youth Violence Consortium Honors Retired U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes

Begun Center and Partnership for a Safer Cleveland host seminar

News Release: Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Media opportunity
: News conference and seminar as The Greater Cleveland Consortium on Youth Violence Prevention recognizes and honors former U.S. Rep. Louis B. Stokes. The organization will become the Louis Stokes Greater Cleveland Consortium on Youth Violence Prevention.

Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 1100 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland.

Featured speakers: John A. Rich and Louis B. Stokes.

Times and date of news conference and seminar: A news conference with Rich and Stokes is planned for 9:15 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn. The seminar then follows from 10 a.m. until noon, Friday, Sept. 30, 2011.

Background Information:
The Partnership for a Safer Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences’ Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education collaborate to host this seminar featuring John A. Rich, MD, and former U.S. Rep. Louis B. Stokes.

Rich is a professor and chair of Health Management and Policy at the Drexel University School of Public Health in Philadelphia. He is the author of the book Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men.

Stokes played a pivotal role in the quest for civil rights, equality, and social and economic justice throughout his tenure in the Unites States Congress. When Stokes retired, he became the first African American in the history of Congress to retire having completed 30 years in office.

Following his service in Congress, he became senior counsel at Squire, Sanders, and Dempsey LLP, a global law firm, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

The consortium now honoring Stokes is the result of a NIH - National Institute on Child Health and Development grant. Case Western Reserve Mandel School professors Daniel Flannery and Mark Singer are the principal investigators. They will collaborate with Michael Walker, executive director of the Partnership for a Safer Cleveland, to conduct community-informed violence prevention research.

Seminar guests also will learn more about a newly announced Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant affiliated with the Mandel School’s Police Assisted Referral Program that provides police initiated services to residents in public housing.

The seminar will also mark the 30th anniversary of the formation of the Partnership for a Safer Cleveland. Please view for further information about the Mandel School and this symposium.

Posted by: Marvin Kropko, September 27, 2011 07:37 PM | News Topics: Official Release