- Kristine Madsen, MD
- Phillip W. Graham, DrPH, MPH
- Regina Jackson
Research Project Description
This research proposes to address upstream drivers of youth violence in East Oakland. Oakland is a city of roughly 400,000 people with extreme geographic and racial disparities in economic opportunity and health outcomes. Working with a local youth empowerment organization, East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC), the team will identify, implement, and evaluate a sustainable and scalable model for reducing youth violence through summer jobs as a function of increasing youth’s social capital, civic engagement, and access to livable-wage jobs. Using a waitlist-control experimental design, the team will measure social capital and civic engagement; school or college attendance; graduation rates; employment; income; community disadvantage (a contextual factor); and violent delinquency. The evidence generated from this research will be valuable to communities seeking greater investment from their local governments.
Kristine Madsen, MD
Kristine Madsen is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. She is a physician scientist focused on pediatric health inequities related to cardiovascular risk and pediatric obesity.
Phillip W. Graham, DrPH, MPH
Phillip Graham is the Director of the Drugs, Violence, and Delinquency Prevention Research Program within the Center for Justice, Safety and Resilience at RTI International. He is a senior public health researcher with extensive experience conducting community-engaged research on the prevention of adolescent interpersonal violence and substance use.
Regina Jackson is the President and CEO of the East Oakland Youth Development Center, an agency that provides free programming to youth in art, education, jobs, wellness, and leadership. She is committed to increasing health equity in East Oakland through evidence based programming and input from youth and community members.
Issue Brief: Oakland
Increasing Youth Serving Organizations' Capacity to Build Social Capital Among Youth