May 10, 2002

Dear Colleague:

It is with much sadness that EDC has decided to close the Network of Violence Prevention Practitioners (NVPP).

After much soul searching, we concluded that it is no longer feasible for EDC to operate the Network without philanthropic support. In spite of the valuable work of the Network, our analysis is that NVPP cannot survive strictly through membership dues and the provision of ancillary services. Over the last two years, we have tried unsuccessfully to secure funding to augment the revenue from member dues or to transfer direction of the Network to its membership and/or other organization with a shared mission.


The field of violence prevention has matured considerably since the early years when we launched the NVPP with a handful of violence prevention organizations from around the country. Not only has the field matured, but so have the number and quality of resources available for community-based programs and practitioners. We believe that members like you contributed to that growth.

Though we cannot continue to operate the membership organization, HHD's Center for Violence and Injury Prevention continues in its role as a violence prevention leader through numerous federally funded projects. The Center works with schools, community-based organizations, criminal and juvenile justice systems, as well as health care and social service agencies to address the complex social and behavioral factors that underlie physical trauma - be it intentional or unintentional. Through research and evaluation, program and materials development, as well as through training and technical assistance, the Center for Violence and Injury Prevention remains committed to advancing the violence prevention agenda locally, regionally, and across the nation.

Please visit our website for more information on these projects and available resources (www.edc.org/HHD/). We thank you for leadership and ongoing commitment to this vital area of work.


Sincerely,

Cheryl VinceWhitman,
Director
Health and Human Development Programs
EDC


Edward De Vos, Ed.D.
Director
Center for Violence & Injury
Health and Human Development Programs, EDC