The 2016 Punishment to Public Health (P2PH) Conference was held at John Jay College of Criminal Justice from June 14th to June 15th. P2PH is a unique collaboration led by The John Jay College of Criminal Justice, in partnership with the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University, the New York University School of Medicine, and the Vera Institute of Justice. The P2PH conference gathered leaders from academic and political institutions as well as non-profit and service organizations to carry out interdisciplinary dialogues on expanding systemic preventive interventions that reduce incarceration, enhance public health and ensure public safety in New York City. The P2PH team is dedicated to foster collaborations among institutions, private sections and government agencies to innovate resources, technical assistance and strategies to tackle the roots of criminal behavior and to contribute to restoring systematic justice.

On June 14, Kenton Kirby, the Director of Trauma Support Services at Center for Court Innovation, spoke about the structure and progress of the Make It Happen program at Crown Heights Mediation Center at the 2016 Punishment to Public Health (P2PH) Conference. The Make It Happen program is geared towards providing supportive service to young men of color who have been negatively affected by community violence. Kenton shared his trauma-informed framework that helps young men of color to heal from the traumatic experience and move forward with self-determination; he also discussed his trauma-specific interventions with Toni Bunton (JustLeadership USA), Shameeka Mattis (Common Justice), Elizabeth Meeker (Coordinated Care Services), and Lynn Roberts (CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Policy) at the P2PH conference. Over the years, the Make It Happen program has guided numerous young men of color through difficult situations, helped them to adopt healthy masculinity, and equipped them with skills and confidence to take on a new journey. The Make It Happen program is currently taking applications for the next men’s group at the Bed-Stuy Police Athletic League at 495 Gates Avenue Brooklyn in in June 2016. Take the initiative to join Make It Happen and start healing now! Contact Kenton Kirby at or Make It Happen Program Assistant Qing Jin at for more information. Make It Happen-We Heal Together!