NOLA for Life
NOLA for Life, the Mayor's comprehensive murder reduction strategy, is a comprehensive, holistic approach to violence reduction that seeks to address the problem of murder on a variety of different levels.
The five key components of NOLA for Life are:
Stop the Shootings
Invest in Prevention
Promote Jobs and Opportunity
Get Involved and Rebuild Neighborhoods
Improve the NOPD
The Health Department is taking the lead on several initiatives that are part of the NOLA for Life plan. For more information on NOLA for Life and how you can get involved, visit nolaforlife.org.
Family Violence Prevention Strategy
The Health Department seeks to identify and prevent domestic violence through additional screening of people receiving support from city programs or other service providers. This process is being implemented in the City's Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), which specifically focuses on infant and maternal health. It is the goal of the Health Department to develop a long-term strategy to address family and community-centered trauma and violence, which will include teaching methods to both resolve intra-family conflict and to impart coping skills and resilience.
More information about family violence.
School Community Response Program
The City of New Orleans is partnering with local school systems to assess and develop crisis and trauma response plans. The purpose of these plans is to develop a coordinated response to violent incidents and homicides, in order to give students healthier ways to respond in the aftermath of student-involved shootings. Further, in order to build on existing violence prevention and intervention programming for students, service capacity gaps will be evaluated and addressed through targeted training.
More information about how school community response helps young people
Behavioral Health: Community Support for Victims of Violence
The Health Department seeks to work with behavioral health community partners to ensure community access to support those who have experienced violent trauma. This collaborative process will increase evidence-based trauma interventions, such as Psychological First Aid (PFA) and Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR). Most research now shows that resilience is the result of individuals having an environment that either promotes well-being or protects them against further exposure to violence or disaster and negative social environments.
The Health Department is offering several trainings to help the community build a safe and resilient environment. To learn more about these trainings and registration information, please visit the Community Trainings page.
For more information on the Health Department's work in behavioral health, see the Behavioral Health page.