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Making Connections to Improve Health and Well-Being

Launch date: Expected Fall 2016 End date: N/A

The New Orleans Health Department, as a grantee of the national Making Connections initiative, has assembled a group of stakeholders invested in improving the health and well-being of African American males by gathering community feedback and developing community level strategies for addressing trauma, disconnection and isolation, as well as false perceptions of masculinity. The initiative will develop an actionable prevention plan to integrate trauma-informed practices where African-American boys and men live, learn, work, play, and pray, while connecting them to behavioral and physical health resources.

Why part of murder reduction strategy

This will strengthen community-level protective factors for African American men and boys, as well as connect them to behavioral and physical health resources.

Risk/protective factors addressed: Exposure to violence; high emotional distress; involvement in prosocial activities

Performance indicators and results

Development of strategic prevention plan to improve the mental health and well-being of African-American boys and men through community-level interventions – In progress 


Initiative partners

  • Planning Committee: The Network for Economic Opportunity, Crescent City Media Group, Tulane Prevention Resource Center, 504HealthNet, New Orleans Health Department, New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, Sixth Baptist Church, Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies, WYRevolution
  • Funder: Movember Foundation

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