Archive for December, 2009

West Attends Crime Prevention Conference in New York

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

New York CityMeaghan West and Julian House of M. H. West & Co., Inc. attended the National Network for Safe Communities‘ 1st Annual Conference in New York City. The conference attracted more than 300 people from 24 states and 5 different countries. David Kennedy, Director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at John Jay College of Criminal Justice discussed his work to combat drug markets. He focused on the success of the High Point Intervention, an innovative program that is now being replicated in at least 25 cities including: Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Baltimore, San Francisco, Washington DC and Pittsburgh.

The conference brought together jurisdictions from around the country that are currently implementing the gang violence and/or the drug market strategy. The participating groups shared best practices and addressed common issues such as; providing a supportive community of practice for new jurisdictions and working to make these strategies standard practice across the United States.

Some of the best minds of the criminal justice system and youth welfare were at the conference. Innovative programs like David Kennedy‘s Ceasefire, provided a sense of optimism to conference participants that crime reduction was possible when a solid plan is implemented.

VisionCheck Spotlights Health Care

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Eye ChartVisionCheck is an event held quarterly by the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce. It allows peers to network and discuss key topics and issues facing the the greater Richmond business community. On December 3rd, the VisionCheck topic was health care. Speakers at the event included: Doug Gray, Executive Director of the VA Association of Health Plans; Keith Hare, Director of Government Affairs, Medical Society of VA; and Paul Speidell, VP of Government Affairs, Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association.

M.H. West & Co., Inc.’s Health & Human Services Analyst, Erica Cage attended and came away impressed with many of the speakers. She also found it insightful that the speakers focused the dialogue on health care pertaining to Richmond in particular.

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