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Grant to Assist Delaware With Using Data to Tackle Violence

Posted: Jan 09, 2018 7:57 AM Updated:
(Photo: AP) (Photo: AP)

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP)- The state of Delaware has been awarded a grant to pursue predictive analytics with the intent of reducing gun violence.

Gov. John Carney announced the state received an 18-month technical assistance grant from the University of Pennsylvania to integrate databases, aiming to identify and help at-risk youth.

The goal is aligned with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2015 recommendation to share data and use predictive analytics to combat Wilmington's high levels of gun violence. The grant program is slated to begin in March, and will address the legal concerns that have hindered database integration.

The secretary of health and social services, Kara Odom Walker, says the data infrastructure could also be used to address homelessness, opioid addiction, among other issues.

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