Project UJIMA: working together to make things right

WMJ. 2001;100(2):22-5.


Objective: The purpose of this paper is to describe a group of pediatric patients who utilize services of Project UJIMA, a collaborative, community-based violence intervention/prevention program serving the greater Milwaukee metropolitan area. Program goals are to (1) reduce the rates of re-injury and premature death; and (2) minimize adverse psychological consequences of violence.

Methods: Retrospective observation of 218 patients who presented to an urban pediatric Emergency Department in 1998 as a result of interpersonal violent injury and received some level of service from Project UJIMA.

Results: Patient age ranged from 10 to 18 years with an average of 15 years. Sixty-nine percent (69%) of patients were male. The majority of patients were African-American (69%), followed by caucasian (21%), and Latino (8%). Physical assault was the leading type of injury (62%). Nearly one-third of cases were due to firearms (31%). Three youths required a repeat ED visit due to interpersonal injury. One hundred fifty-six (72%) were referred for mental health services to address adverse psychological effects.

Conclusion: Project UJIMA is approaching its goals of (1) reducing injury recidivism rates in this population; and (2) providing services to address related mental health issues.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Black or African American / statistics & numerical data
  • Child
  • Child Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Child Welfare*
  • Community Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Female
  • Health Services Research
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Program Evaluation
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Safety Management / organization & administration*
  • Urban Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Violence / prevention & control*
  • Violence / statistics & numerical data
  • Wisconsin / epidemiology
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology
  • Wounds and Injuries / prevention & control*