Location: Kansas City, Missouri, population 475,378
In 2015, 111 people were killed in Kansas City, making it one of the deadliest years in the city’s history. The Kansas City Missouri Health Department believes treating violence as a curable disease can reduce incidents of violence. As an Innovator City in the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge, Kansas City hopes to shrink the 10-year life expectancy difference across various zip codes in the community to create more healthy days. #healthiestcitieschallenge
The Problem: Kansas City has a high violent crime ranking and the graduation rate for African-American and Hispanic students is low.
Healthiest Cities & Counties Approach: Kansas City has a storied past of racial segregation and a longstanding violence epidemic, which has resulted in health inequities across the community. In recent years, efforts have improved to address both violence and social/economic equity through health, however, these efforts remain disjointed. In 2014, the city formed the Violence Free KC Committee, a team charged with developing a Youth and Family Violence Prevention Plan. VFKCC, along with the Prevention Institute, will create a plan and begin to change city-wide policy to help reduce youth and domestic violence rates, and improve high school graduation rates for those most likely to become involved in violence.