April 2023 Newsletter



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April 2023 Newsletter


Paul Callanan-BLUE

Message From Our Director

The recent mass shooting is shocking. As is true for all other tragic forms of gun violence, we can’t accept this as an inevitable element of our lives.

Each incident of violence stretches beyond those killed and wounded; it harms the well-being of survivors, their families, and  the entire community because the regularity of violence has caused a cascade of trauma that is razing the mental health industry and dulling compassion in ways that demand greater engagement. 

As complex as violence is, we can’t allow it to alter who and what we are; a city of vibrant neighborhoods that care and support one another.

OSHN commits to ending local violence through a multi-faceted, comprehensive, all-inclusive, collaborating, sustainable public health approach that addresses the root causes of violence from all angles.

We will continue to support all those impacted by violence and intervene with those planning violence.

It will take time. It will take paramount effort. It will take all of us working together and regularly.

I urge all of you to never devalue our collective strength, our resilience and the distinct beauty of our diverse communities. With you, we are a city of safe, healthy neighborhoods where every person is secure.


Nannette Dix

A Reminder About Trauma

Nannette Dix, TRC Program Manager

Louisville’s mass shooting follows the grim, familiar pattern of national shootings. According to data from Everytown for Gun Safety, an organization focused on greater gun control, between 2015 and 2022, over 19,000 people were killed or wounded in the United States in a mass shooting.

Research also shows that the negative effects of mass shootings spread farther than previously understood. It even harms the health of residents not directly touched by violence because community violence can shatter a sense of safety that we all often take for granted for ourselves and our families.

So mass shootings can lead to higher rates of depression and anxiety and a higher risk of suicide among young people.

If you need help coping, OSHN has direct resources. By calling the TRC (Trauma Resilient Communities) hotline, you are connecting yourself to a network of free, mental help that can impact you and those who love and care about you. If you feel unbalanced, Let’s Talk About It.

TRC Trauma Therapy Hotline


Citywide Violence Reduction Summit


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“Violence Reduction Summit” was an event aimed for serious, sustainable change

Nearly 250 individuals participated in the recent, two-day “Citywide Violence Reduction Summit,” held at the Muhammad Ali Center in March.

Its purpose was to gather all of Louisville’s violence-reduction change agents for a rare opportunity to meet, connect and share resources with the goal of making Louisville the safest city in the country.

The event was hosted by the Louisville Alliance for Sustainable Gun Violence Reduction and in association with OSHN. Participants engaged in deep, sometimes uncomfortable discussions about the causes of violence and were purged to earnestly discuss what works or doesn’t, what needs greater support and what there is too much of. “Now the Coalition will review the event's results, make recommendations and report out what the possibilities are,” said Amber Burns-Jones, an assistant director at OSHN and event facilitator. “There will be a lot of work ensuring the best and most realistic takeaways from the event are realized.”


A Night of Resilience



“Night of Resilience” was an inclusive, prayerful response to shocking local events

In the aftermath of the mass shooting of five individuals at Old National Bank and of a youth shot to death at the downtown campus of the Jefferson Community and Technical College, OSHN quickly asked and helped to mobilized several area religious leaders to open their doors for services that recognized all gun violence victims in Louisville. The “Night of Resilience” was held two days after the tragic events. Its purpose was to give everyone throughout the city a place to grieve, pray and seek professional counseling if the events impacted them professionally. “Violence has a long reach," said Nannette Dix, program manager for OSHN’s Trauma Resilient Communities. “Certainly it impacts family and friends, but the community, also. It makes people feel frustrated and less safe. That can have emotional impacts,” she said. Seventeen places of worship, which included the Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities, opened their doors for two hours. Some observed a collective moment of silence while others rang bells to solemnly remember the lives of all lost to violence.


Metro Youth Cabinet will move rapidly forward in 2023

The Metro Youth Cabinet hosted Louisville’s version of the “National Youth Violence Prevention Week” and offered a mix of events that encouraged youth and adults to talk and work together in preventing local youth violence. The events ran from March 27 to April 1. They included a youth-focused vendor fair, a community-wide panel discussion and a youth activists' event. Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg helped the Cabinet kick off the week with a press conference that featured the highlights of the week, but also issues the Cabinet will focus on this year. “Safety is not only essential for success, but also a fundamental human right,” said District 8 cabinet representative Charlie Fitzgerald, 17, and a student at the Louisville Collegiate School. “Preventing youth violence is crucial for promoting equal opportunities.”

The Cabinet works in an advisory role with the mayor and the Louisville Metro Council. At the press conference, it said it will focus on root causes of violence, including access to food, homelessness, and that they will work jointly with youth-focused organizations.

District 15 representative Zion Smith, 21, said “My ask of everyone is for you to reach out to a young person, let them know that they are safe, welcomed, loved, and have your support. We are one family. We are one city. And we are one Louisville.”

YES! NYVPW Gala Story Pic

“A Youthful GalaFor Those Working With Youth

 The YES! “A Youthful Gala” at the Muhammad Ali Center on April 1 was a colorful, elegant event that was a combination of celebration and recognition for individuals and service organizations battling youth violence locally.  It highlighted  small and milestone achievements in the fight against youth violence and capped Louisville’s version of the National Youth Violence Prevention Week. “You can’t give enough recognition to those who get right in the battle against youth violence. It’s hard work that is really a commitment,” said Carla Kirby, an OSHN assistant director. “We are lucky to have such individuals in this community.”

The awardees are:

  • Keeper of the Beat Award: The Real Young Prodigies
  • Youth Advocate Award: Sarah Bartley of Seven Counties Services
  • #1 Supporter Award: Michelle Cunningham of Seven Counties Services
  • Making the Difference (Large Organization): Metro United Way, Inc.
  • Making the Difference (Medium Organization): La Casita Center
  • Making the Difference (Small Organization): Tiger Strike Martial Arts Academy


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Be the One to Make a Difference


Reimagine Capacity Building Fellowship Grants

2023 "Capacity Building Fellowship" granted to 11 grassroots organizations working to reduce local violence

After a competitive evaluation process, The Reimagine Network has selected 11 grassroots, violence-reduction organizations as the 2023 recipients of the “Capacity-Building Fellowship.” Each organization will receive a $20,000 grant to help them build their capacity to become more effective as local change agents in Louisville’s violence landscape.

The recipients cover seven (7) community pillars: Community Building, Health and Social Wellness, Employment and Economic Development, Sports, Youth Development and Violence and Conflict Intervention.

"As OSHN continues its aggressive effort to reduce our community’s risk of violence, we look forward what these organizations will do to make the end of violence a more tangible reality," Joe Newland, program manager of The Reimagine Network.

The grantees are:

  • A Hand Up Community Resource Center, Inc.
  • Mothers of Murdered Sons and Daughters
  • One Plus One Equals U, Inc.
  • Emma’ Lees Transformational Studios, Inc.
  • Tiger Strike Martial Arts
  • Friends of Nicole
  • CHOICE, Inc
  • Cycle Breakers Breaking Chains
  • Boss Not Bangers, Inc.
  • Men Against Gun Violence
  • Free2Hope, Inc.



OSHN offers multiple avenues for civic engagement. Here, we highlight our Ambassadors.


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OSHN Hosts Ambassador Training at Iroquois Hish School

For the past several months, The Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods has been joining Iroquois High School's Black Student Union during club days to contribute to their ongoing discussion about gun violence. On Friday, more than 20 students completed this training with a discussion on the Public Health Approach to Violence. We look forward to co-leading this work with a new cohort of change-makers who are eager to move the needle when it comes to gun violence in their community. 



Opportunities for community members to join the fight against violence in our city


We are "Connecting the Networks"

April is "National Child Abuse Awareness Month." For the first time, The Reimagine Network and YES! Youth Engagement Services will host a joint community panel discussion about child abuse and the local prevention efforts.

The discussion is April 18th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Chestnut Street Family YMCA.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information email reimagine@louisvilleky.gov

Networking Night with YES
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Take a look at some of the latest news, resources and events in your community. Share these with family, friends and neighbors.


Books work

The Books Works Artist Collective of Self Expression, Exploration and Empowerment 

A new program at the Beechmont Community Center led by two youth/young adult team members. The program gives teenagers aged 14 to 18, a place to learn different styles of art in a fun, non judgmental space.

For more information, email: ajones@thebookworks.org.





The Art of Healing

Tuesday, April 25th, 5:30p – 7:30p

Ice House (226 E Washington St, Louisville, Kentucky)

Local artists will demonstrate how art with its creative expressions, can play a role in an individuals journey of healing after experiencing childhood abuse.

The demonstrations are participatory to show how to develop art that connects spiritually. 


The art of healing
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Teen lounge

"Teen Tuesdays" at Iroquois Library 

Did you know that teens are the focus on Tuesdays at the Iroquois Public Library?

"Teen Tuesdays" are reserved for youth with after school programs and events and certainly an encouragement for reading. 

If you are a teen - come! If you bring a teen - great!

The event is every Tuesday from 3:30 - 4:30pm. Every week will offer something different - so surprise!

Follow Here to view "Teen Tuesdays" and other Louisville Public Library events.  

Developing Educated Leaders Through Athletics (DELTA)

The DELTA Foundation is a mentorship program that specializes in helping at-risk young athletes in Louisville obtain tools necessary to become successful academically, socially and athletically.

The 'Books and Basketball' Program is for 1st to 5th graders and will focus on literacy by providing tutoring services followed by basketball training. The program begins April 25th and is held Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:45pm. 

Find out more about the program, DELTA, or how to get involved at their Website.

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community health support

Community Health Support 

The Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center offers community and individual support and health services. Established patients can receive any number of different, valuable assistances and resources, including: 

  • Health Education Programs
  • Insurance Assistance
  • Diabetes Management
  • Nutrition Guidance
  • Emergency Food and Toiletries
  • Transportation
  • Housing Negotiations
  • Employment Referrals and more




CDC: Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences ACEs 


"Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years) such as experiencing violence, abuse, or neglect; witnessing violence in the home; and having a family member attempt or die by suicide. Also included are aspects of the child’s environment that can undermine their sense of safety, stability, and bonding such as growing up in a household with substance misuse, mental health problems, or instability due to parental separation or incarceration of a parent, sibling or other member of the household.

ACEs and their associated harms are preventable. Creating and sustaining safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all children and families can prevent ACEs and help all children reach their full health and life potential. CDC has produced a suite of technical packages to help states and communities take advantage of the best available evidence to prevent violence, including the many types of violence and social, economic, and other exposures in the home and community that adversely affect children."  Learn more here


Storing Guns Safely is Common Sense and Paramount to the Community and Individual Well-being 

Gun storage, including methods such as keeping guns unloaded, locked, and separate from locked ammunition, has been widely endorsed as a firearm injury prevention strategy.

Studies have consistently shown a lower risk of self-inflicted firearm injuries and deaths in households that consistently practice safe gun storage. Read more Here




Crisis Call Diversion Program expands services to all LMPD divisions

The Crisis Call Diversion Program (CCDP) that will send certain 911 calls to a non-police response has officially expanded into all Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) divisions.

  • When a person calls 911, MetroSafe call-takers initially triage the call to determine, through a combination of automated options, if the call should be transferred to Crisis Triage Workers (CTW) in a new Behavioral Health Hub within MetroSafe.
  • The CTW team functions like crisis hotline staff to de-escalate, provide emotional support, create a safety plan and problem solve for the person in crisis.
  • If CTW determines that a face-to-face response would be beneficial, they initiate a mobile response.
  • Mobile responders, trained in mental health crisis intervention, meet the person where they are to further de-escalate and assess the situation and, if appropriate, connect the individual to service. Responders have the option of transporting the person to the community respite center at Seven Counties, or to another community resource, such as a shelter.

Read more Here


OSHN’s mission is to reduce the risk of violence in all of Louisville’s communities.  If you have an event or festival that we can table and share what the city is doing to holistically reduce violence and how it affects you and our community - We Want to Come! Please just click HERE to fill out our tabling request form or go to the website at Office for Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods | LouisvilleKY.gov. We’ll look forwarding to meeting you.


OSHN Tabling Event


Volunteer With The Reimagine Network

ReImagine Volunteer Opportunities

In partnership with the local Metro United Way, The Reimagine Network is now listing real time volunteer opportunities in the Louisville communities.  

The Reimagine Network Volunteer Opportunities

Or contact Reimagine@louisvilleky.gov 


Stay Connected Hands


There is great work happening here in the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, and most importantly, in our community. It is our goal to keep you engaged and co-leading our important work. Our vision for Louisville is a city of safe neighborhoods where everyone is supported, free of violence, and prepared for lifelong success. We can only achieve this together, so stay connected with our monthly newsletters, social media, and visit our website for more information and additional calls to action.


Past OSHN Newsletters can be viewed HERE.


We would love your feedback. If you have questions or concerns regarding our newsletter, or have a related event that you would like to communicate with our networks, contact Joseph Newland.

Take care of each other
The Reimagine Network



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