Our History and Our Future
Located in Mayor Fischer's office, the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods (OSHN) opened in March 2013 as a result of a triple homicide on May 17, 2012. This act of violence moved Mayor Fischer to convene a group of community, city, and business leaders to begin developing strategies for reducing violent deaths throughout the city of Louisville. This group was titled the Violence Prevention Workgroup of 2012 (VPWG). The VPWG provided 42 recommendations, one of these was for Mayor Fischer to create and office to strategically focus on violence prevention efforts throughout the city; this was the birth of the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods.
To read more about the VPWG's recommendations, go to our Reports page to learn more.
Purpose: To create neighborhoods that support every citizen from Prenatal - through - Education - to - Career, while focusing energy and resources on youth (ages 0-11), juveniles (12-17) and young adults (18-30) as well as those most impacted by homicides, suicides, and overdoses.
Vision: Helping create a city of safe neighborhoods, where everyone is secure, supported, free of violence, and prepared for lifelong success.
So What Do We Do?
Identify Gaps Between Need and Resources
Push Collaboration Among Public, Private, and Non-Profit Partners
Assist in and Promote the Increase of Economic, Social, and Educational Opportunities
Deploy Energy and Resources Against High Impact Areas Based Upon Comprehensive Data
Manage Community Violence Reduction Plans
Our work utilizes the Public Health Approach to violence which offers a holistic approach to addressing issues and striving for maximum benefit for the most people. This approach examines risk and protective factors in order to understand why places people at a greater risk for experiencing or perpetrating violence and what factors decrease the chances of someone becoming a victim of violence.
We know that it is not enough to simply focus on prevention efforts; we must also intervene to ensure those who are dealing with violence to work toward a more positive outcome. We must also allow those who have gone down the wrong path before have the opportunity to make better choices by providing resources that prevent recidivism and re-build the community.