Spectrum Health donates 300,000 dollars to City of Grand Rapids for Cure Violence program

GRAND RAPIDS, ME. – Cure Violence, a program to prevent violent crime in communities by de-escalating conflict with “violence interrupters”, could be launched in the city as early as this summer.

The city has tried to offer this type of program for years but couldn’t find the money to pay for it.

Spectrum Health donated $ 300,000 to bring Cure Violence to Grand Rapids. According to Spectrum Health, this is their way of looking at health holistically across the community.

“We want to improve the quality of life in our communities and neighborhoods. By improving the quality of life, we will also improve the health of these communities, ”said David Leonard, vice president of strategic partnerships.

According to Spectrum, violence affects the emotional and physical health of community members. This donation is part of $ 100 million they donated over the next 10 years to help eradicate health inequalities in the city.

“East Grand Rapids is mostly white, Eastown is mostly black. The difference in life expectancy in these two neighboring census data is 17.8 years. 17.8 years less life in Eastown, ”said Leonard.

The city will donate $ 75,000 to cure violence in the first year, with the option to extend it for two more years.

The Office of Oversight and Public Accountability oversees the implementation of Cure Violence. Department head Brandon Davis says they’re not quite there yet.

“We estimate it will take another $ 300, 350,000 in the first year to fully implement the Force Against Cure,” Davis said.

The OPA reaches out to other community stakeholders to find donors and is discussing a potential contract with Cure Violence.

After hopefully securing the contract and funding, the OPA says they will begin looking for a community group to house the program in.

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