Community Advisory Board

In order to help start a dialogue with the community and work toward our goal of preventing violence in Allegheny County, the Office of Violence Prevention is launching a Community Advisory Board.

Comprised of stakeholders including community residents, government officials, non-profits, neighborhood groups, and faith-based organizations, the board will help the Allegheny Health Department (ACHD) implement public health approaches, data-driven strategies, and collaborations, to help prevent violence in "hot spot" communities.

The Community Advisory Board is designed to:

  • Provide guidance during the planning and creation of the trauma response and street outreach teams
  • Review and offer input on applications for violence prevention mini-grants
  • Monitor gun violence data regularly to determine progress and identify emerging trends
  • Network and find potential opportunities collaborate with fellow violence prevention stakeholders

The Community Advisory Board is focused on helping to improve ACHD's strategies for violence prevention. It does not address all dimensions of violence (like domestic violence or simple assaults), nor is it designed as a means to analyze law enforcement activities (like criminal cases, investigations, or police brutality).

For more information, please contact Ashley Blakeman, Project Manager, by phone at 412-247-7957.