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OSHN Media Highlights:


Portland community learns violence and suicide prevention training | WHAS 11 (3/12/23) 

Among topics learned included mobilizing the neighborhood against gun violence, stopping wounds from bleeding and how to safely handle firearms.

How making Louisville safer is key to the city's economic prosperity | Louisville Business First (3/3/23) 

Public safety has become a hot topic in many cities nationwide, but Louisville is unique in a couple of ways.

Louisville's Metro Youth Cabinet holds inaugural meeting | WHAS 11 (2/25/23) 

The board launched in January and it is responsible for advising the mayor's office and Metro Council on youth-related issues impacting the city.

Louisville Metro Youth Council works with lawmakers to decrease violence WLKY 32 (2/25/23) 

Louisville teenagers are finding new ways to combat violence in the Metro.

Louisville youth cabinet developing recommendations for mayor, Metro Council | WDRB 41 (2/25/23) 

Metro Youth Council is a 26-member group between the ages of 16 to 21 years old who advise elected officials and work to help build community violence prevention.

Louisville’s first Metro Youth Cabinet meets to help prevent violence in the city Wave 3 (2/25/23) 

The city’s first Metro Youth Cabinet met Saturday to strategize recommendations to advise Mayor Craig Greenberg and Metro Council on issues like violence, social equity and inclusion.

Violence Reduction Action Summit |  Louisville MetroTV (2/23/23) 

Organized by the Office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods as an event to direct citizen discussion with the Mayor and OSHN regarding strategies, ideas, and opinions on local violence reduction efforts.


Louisville community members ask for investment in youth at first violence reduction town hall Louisville Public Media ( (2/22/23) 

Dozens of residents and community leaders gathered Tuesday evening to voice concerns and share their ideas for how to reduce violence in Louisville.

Meet the 'YES' team working for youth violence prevention in Kentucky Spectrum News 1 (2/21/23) 

This daytime event connects like-minded organizations which have, among many, the goal to help prevent violence in the city but also support families, children and young adults affected by violence and trauma.

YES! Connection Expo hopes to connect youth-based services with one another WLKY 32 (2/21/23) 

Dozens of youth service-based organizations gathered at Simmons College on Tuesday for the YES! Connection Expo.

Louisville residents voice concerns, share ideas for solutions on reducing gun violence WDRB 41 (2/21/23) 

Louisville's mayor and interim police chief were among the crowd Tuesday evening at the Muhammad Ali Center in downtown Louisville for the first Violence Reduction Action Summit.

Citizens and city officials meet for a conversation on gun violence in Louisville  |  WLKY 32  (2/21/23) 

It began with Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg reminding everyone there were 10 homicides in Louisville in just the first few weeks of the year.

'Violence Reduction Action Summit' highlights challenges, solutions in addressing Louisville's violence  |  WHAS 11  (2/21/23) 

Louisville's first "Violence Reduction Action Summit" allowed for community leaders and residents concerned with violence to collaborate with each other, the mayor and the Office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods (OSHN).

'We need to fix this' | Louisville groups working to turn around troubling trend of youth violence  |  WDRB 41  (2/7/23) 

Many believe focusing on the youth now will be a key to a kinder and safer future.

Capacity Building Fellowship Grant  |  Louisville MetroTV  (1/24/23) 

Ten (10) Louisville-based service organizations will each be awarded a $20,000 grant to build their capacity as a powerful, dynamic agent for changing the local violence landscape.

Louisville violence prevention groups can apply for grant  |  WHAS 11  (1/16/23) 

In a news conference last week, Mayor Craig Greenberg called on the public to be 'agents of change.' Now, a city-run fellowship program hopes to help violence prevention groups do just that.

Funding available for Louisville groups working to mitigate violence  |  Louisville Public Media (  (1/13/23) 

With increased reports of violence in Louisville, the city’s Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, or OSHN, is offering funding to grassroots organizations working to help their communities.

OSHN doubles grant amount for Louisville groups working to reduce violence across city  |  WDRB 41  (1/12/23) 

OSHN said the grants were doubled after Mayor Craig Greenberg's call for the entire community to be in on reducing violence.

The Night Of Remembrance is held annually on the 1st Friday in Jan. to honor lives lost to gun violence during the previous year  |  Louisville MetroTV  (1/11/23) 

It has been sponsored by The Office for Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods, Interfaith Paths to Peace, The Ace Project, and Moms Demand Action.

Louisville community members gather to remember the lives lost to gun violence  |  Louisville Public Media (  (1/7/23) 

The fifth annual event, sponsored by the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods and Moms Demand Action, brings together leaders across multiple faiths to offer prayers for those who have passed.

5th annual 'Night of Remembrance' honors victims killed by gun violence in Louisville  |  WAVE 3  (1/7/23) 

Last year, 160 people lost their lives to gun violence in Louisville. Many gathered to make sure they wouldn’t be forgotten.

Annual 'Night of Remembrance' honors victims lost to gun violence in Louisville in 2022  |  WLKY 32  (1/6/23)

Families gathered Friday night to honor victims of gun violence and discussed ways to bring peace to the city.

'Their loved ones not forgotten:' Night of Remembrance honors 2022 Louisville homicide victims  |  WHAS 11  (1/6/23) 

Gun violence has rattled many families in Louisville, and Friday night those who died in 2022 were honored. All 161 names of those killed from violent crime in 2022 were read aloud.

Louisville sees violent start to new year  |  WAVE 3  (1/6/23) 

According to the Louisville Metro Police Department’s report, in 2021, Louisville saw 174 homicides, and last year, there were 160 homicides. Six days into 2023, and some people believe the trend is continuing.

Mother of 2 latest life lost to gun violence in Louisville  |  WLKY 32  (1/5/23)

Six people have died from gun violence just days into 2023.

ReImagine Network offering help to Louisville organizations focused on violence prevention  |  WDRB 41  (12/19/22)

The ReImagine Network, which is part of the Office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, is offering a "capacity-building fellowship" to 10 Louisville-based organizations.

Free mental health counseling may soon be available in your neighborhood  |  89.3 WFPL  (11/15/22)

Dozens of people opted for free therapy appointments that Louisville Metro’s Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, or OSHN, reserved for people experiencing racial, domestic and sexual trauma last month.

Louisville group hosts first networking event to stop youth violence  |  WAVE 11: YouTube  (10/25/22)

Youth Engagement Services (YES!) hosted about 10 different youth organizations at the Norton Healthcare Sports and Learning Center Monday on the West End.


Louisville service organizations work together to prevent violence among youth  |  WAVE 3  (10/25/22)

Multiple youth-focused organizations met on Tuesday to discuss and share resources for the city’s expanding youth violence prevention and community engagement efforts.

New city program to focus on youth violence prevention in Louisville  |  WDRB 41  (10/25/22)

Louisville's Office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods hosted a networking event at the Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center as part of the city's new Youth Engagement Services (YES) effort.  

50 organizations meet to discuss youth violence prevention  |  Spectrum News 1  (10/25/22)

Coming together to target youth violence prevention was an easy yes for 50 organizations and businesses. 

Louisville group to host final Ambassadors Institute Training session  |  WHAS 11  (10/15/22)

OSHN representatives said their ambassador training offers a curriculum designed to train and inform citizens on 'practical violence interventions'.

'Come in and unpack that load': Louisville group provides counseling for men of color  |  WHAS 11  (10/14/22)

One local group is making sure men of color have a safe place to express themselves.

Office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods offer free mental health screenings for men of color  |  WAVE 3  (10/14/22)

Louisville’s Office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods (OSHN) is encouraging men of color to step up this October and take care of their mental health.

'You don't have anything to lose' Louisville Billboards encouraging men of color to seek free counseling  |  WDRB 41  (10/10/22)

Billboards and bus stop signs are popping up across Louisville, advertising free counseling available this month for those facing daily discrimination, poverty and exposure to violence.

Louisville Metro looks to boost civic engagement with new youth cabinet  |  89.3 WFPL  (10/3/22)

The Youth Cabinet is aimed at getting youth between the ages of 16 and 24 engaged in politics and government.

Louisville Metro is offering free trauma counseling to men of color  |  89.3 WFPL  (10/3/22)

The city’s Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, or OSHN, is making an effort this month to raise awareness about mental health issues and make treatment more accessible, particularly to men of color.

We See You, Sis: Nannette Dix  |  Today's Woman  (10/1/22)

Self-Proclaimed Bootleg Therapist Helps People Find their ‘Aha’ Moment.

OSHN program encouraging Louisville men of color to get free mental help in October  |  WDRB 41  (9/30/22)

OSHN's Trauma Resilient Communities initiative is offering free counseling for Black, Hispanic and Indigenous men suffering from "mental distress caused by daily exposure to environmental violence, poverty and racial injustice."

Could a gun buy-back program help with Louisville's gun violence?  |  WHAS 11  (9/20/22)

As we look toward solutions to the city's growing gun violence, gun buy-back programs come to mind for some.

Faith leaders discuss Louisville gun violence in prayer ceremony  |  WAVE 3  (8/18/22)

Louisville religious leaders gathered at Jefferson Square Park on Wednesday to discuss challenging issues facing the city, including gun violence.

Be the change: Louisville looking for ambassadors for neighborhood program  |  WHAS 11  (8/16/22)

The Office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods hosts several ambassador trainings each year to help lower the number of homicides in Louisville.

COVID funds from feds create Louisville's violence prevention network  |  Courier-Journal  (7/12/22)

How Louisville's violence prevention network is trying to stop shootings before they start.

Louisville mayor announces 'Safe Summer Bash' funding for community programs  |  WAVE 3  (6/22/22)

Louisville Metro is providing hundreds of thousands of dollars in funds for youth-focused programs throughout the city this summer.

Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods ramping up work, partnerships to reduce violence  |  WHAS 11  (5/23/22)

The Metro Louisville agency said their work in prevention and intervention is contributing to violence reduction.

Report: Shootings in Louisville Metro down 40 percent compared to first half of 2021  |  WAVE 3  (5/23/22)

Louisville's Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods has contributed to a 16% reduction in violence and a 40% reduction in shootings compared to last year.

Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods says violence decreasing in neighborhoods  |  WDRB 41  (5/23/22)

The Louisville Metro Government organization that responds to and addresses root causes of violence said its work has contributed to a reduction in violence.

Louisville office combating gun violence through 'public health' approach  |  WHAS 11  (10/5/21)

Instead of focusing on solving crimes after they happen, the office is tasked with creating strategies to prevent violent acts from happening in the first place.

New crime prevention model would cost around $3M to implement in Louisville  |  WDRB 41  (6/7/21)

Mayor Greg Fischer wants to reimagine public safety in Louisville, but it comes at a cost of around $3 million.

Fischer announces new leadership for Louisville’s Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods  Courier-Journal  (9/8/20)

A public health expert and a former Louisville Metro Police officer were announced on Tuesday as the new director and faith-based liaison, respectively, of the city's Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods.

Louisville’s Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods Gets New Leadership  Louisville Public Media (  (9/8/20)

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has announced new leadership for the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods (OSHN) during a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

Mayor names Williams, Kelsey to Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods leadership roles  |  WAVE 3  (9/8/20)

Mayor Greg Fischer has named two people to leadership roles for the Louisville Metro Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods.

Teens making a difference in Louisville  |  Spectrum News 1  (6/28/19)

Watch an interview with two of our One Love Louisville Youth Implementation Team Members.

2019 Forty Under 40 Class  |  Louisville Business First  (6/27/19)

OSHN Team Member Nubia Bennett has been named as a member of the 2019 Forty Under 40 class.

2019 BMe Community Genius Fellows  (5/29/19)

OSHN Team Member Lavel White has been selected as a Louisville BMe Communitiy Genius Fellow and recipient of a generous donation towards a community impact project of his making. 

Ignite Louisville Class of Fall 2019  (4/29/19)

OSHN Team Member Lavel White has been chosen as a member of the Leadership Louisville: Ignite Louisville Class of Fall 2019. 



Mayor's Give-A-Day Week of Service 2019

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As part of the Mayor's Give-A-Day Week of Service everyone is encouraged to give back in any way to the community. Members of the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods traveled to Newcomer Academy to assist in painting a new and inspiring mural for students. Newcomer Academy serves students who are in their first year of instruction in the United States and English learners. 

Learn more about this Give-A-Day Week project



National Youth Violence Prevention Week 2019 Recap

National Youth Violence Prevention Week (NYVPW) is a week-long celebration encouraging everyone to promote peace among youth and young adults. The Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods acts as coordinator with multiple partners to bring citizens together for some small act that supports youth and community-wide peace.  Did you miss an event during NYVPW? Enjoy some of the video highlights below!

National Youth Violence Prevention Week Kick-off  (4/8/19)

Press conference including a performance by the Young Prodigies and speakers: Mayor Fischer, Fadumo Abdullahi (OSHN Youth Implementation Team), Rashaad Abdur-Rahman (OSHN), Dr. Kate DeFarrari (JCPS), David James (Metro Council President), and Lyndon Pryor (Louisville Urban League)

OSHN NYVPW Community Walk  (4/10/19)

Members of OSHN and partner organizations engaging community members .

OSHN and Partners Community Resource Fair  (4/10/19)

OSHN staff and partner organizations engaging the community and providing resources.

Ignite Louisville Class of Fall 2019  (4/29/19)

OSHN Team Member Lavel White has been chosen as a member of the Leadership Louisville: Ignite Louisville Class of Fall 2019. 


Trauma Resilient Community (TRC) Project Launch


More than a dozen local organizations undergo trauma resilience training  (10/15/19)

Employees from more than a dozen agencies across the city are learning what it means to be a trauma-resilient community.

City will use $5million trauma resilience grant to help families affected by trauma  (4/16/19)

Read about the launch of our TRC Project.

Trauma Resilient Community (TRC) Initiative Grant Launch  (4/9/19)

TRC Initiative Luncheon featuring guest speaker Dr. Wendy Ellis.

City will use $5million Trauma Resilience Grant to Help Families Affected by Trauma  (4/9/19)

The Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, Kent School of Social Work and Center for Trauma Resilient Communities launch the Trauma Resilient Community (TRC) Initiative Grant.

$5million Grant will help Louisville Families Suffering from Trauma  (4/9/19)

The Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, Kent School of Social Work and Center for Trauma Resilient Communities launch the Trauma Resilient Community (TRC) Initiative Grant.

UofL partners on $5million initiative for trauma-resilient community  (11/13/18)

Read about the Trauma Resilient Community project announcement from the University of Louisville.

Mayor announces Federal Grant to launch Trauma Resilient Community Initiative  (11/12/18)

Read about OSHN's partnership with the Kent School of Social Work, Centerstone and others through a Dept. of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAHMSA) Grant.

THRIVE Fellowship Announcement  (7/27/18)

Read the Mayor's announcement for our new program.

We must treat violence like a public health issue  (6/13/18)

Read a Courier-Journal op-ed from Alice Bridges, an Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods Advisory Council member.

OSHN seeks to double budget  (5/31/18)

Read about the budget approval for OSHN.

Connections with Renee Shaw  (2/13/17)

Watch an interview with director, Rashaad Abdur-Rahman and KET's Renee Shaw



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