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Invest in Prevention

Though the first priority of NOLA FOR LIFE was to Stop the Shootings, we knew we could not arrest our way out of this problem. Investing in Prevention to help our young people and families succeed is the key to a significant, sustainable reduction of violence in New Orleans. In fact, the Invest in Prevention pillar has become the biggest portfolio of our work, comprising half of the NOLA FOR LIFE initiatives. 


Rachel Davis – Managing Director, Prevention Institute

Prevention Institute is proud to be working with the New Orleans Health Department and NOLA FOR LIFE. NOLA’s comprehensive murder reduction strategy is a model for cities around the country. The Health Department started participating in our national UNITY City Network a number of years ago, and we have seen the City’s approach to violence transform since that time. The Health Department’s leadership has played an important role in expanding the City’s approach. When the City decided several years ago to place a greater focus on prevention, we were honored to be included in that effort. NOLA has recognized that violence is a major concern; through NOLA FOR LIFE, the City brings together the data, strategies, and partners under a mandate to save lives. In so doing, it recognizes that violence is preventable and that the City itself and all of its partners have a critical role to play in improving conditions for all of NOLA’s residents.