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Prevention Institute aligns strategy, policy and networks of organizations to build health, foster equity and prevent injury in communities across the US
Prevention Institute is a national non-profit that aligns strategy, policy and networks of organizations to build health, foster equity and prevent injury in areas where people live, work, learn and play. We work with communities, government, and foundations to design primary prevention strategies that save lives and money in communities across the country.
Mission: Prevention Institute was founded in 1997 to serve as a focal point for primary prevention practice—promoting policies, organizational practices, and collaborative efforts that improve health and quality of life. As a national non-profit organization, we are committed to preventing illness and injury, to fostering health and social equity, and to building momentum for community prevention as an integral component of a quality health system. Prevention Institute synthesizes research and practice; develops prevention tools and frameworks; helps design and guide interdisciplinary partnerships; and conducts training and strategic consultation with government, foundations, and community-based organizations nationwide and internationally.
We hope you’re staying healthy and safe during this difficult week. We’re all in this together!
Voting is one of the most important opportunities we have as Americans to say what kind of a country we want to live in. Let's get out there today and vote for public health! Please vote safely and report any problems to 1-866-OUR-VOTE (English)/
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With more people voting by mail than ever before it's important to celebrate #PeoplePower in new and creative ways.
But first, find your polling station/ballot drop off location here 👉 bit.ly/calivota and make sure your vote is counted!
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This week's media digest is up!
Welcome to our media digest for the week ending October 30, 2020! Each week, PI compiles a round-up of the latest public health-related news, with an eye toward media framing and language, particularly as they relate to the role of primary prevention. The views expressed in these articles do not ref...
Join PI, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health - COEH, and UCLA Center for Healthy Climate Solutions for a two-part webinar series, "Park Equity, Life Expectancy, and Power Building," to learn more about PI’s new Park Advocacy Toolkit to push for park equity. The toolkit was developed through research focused on LA County and provides information and insights applicable to communities across the U.S.
Webinar 1: Join us on Wednesday, November 18 to learn more about our life expectancy predictive model research process, methodology, findings, and possible replication.
Webinar 2: Join us on Thursday, December 10 to learn more about policy advocacy action and power building for park equity.
Register here for these two webinars here: www.bit.ly/ParkEquityNow
INVITE: The Views from the Big Cities Health Coalition Webinar series features public health experts discussing on-the-ground strategies deployed in the pandemic response.
Join them for their tenth and final webinar of 2020 on 11/4 as they welcome Stephen Williams of @HoustonHealth and Wilma Wooten of @SDCountyHHSA
Register now! https://www.bigcitieshealth.org/events
The Big Cities Health Coalition is hosting a series of webinars that will share wisdom, experience, and lessons learned related to COVID-19 from communities that experienced the earliest and greatest impact of the pandemic. The webinar series is open to public health leaders and advocates. Webinars....
Last week, the California Funders Workgroup for Prevention and Equity, comprised of Blue Shield of California Foundation, The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation, Sierra Health Foundation, St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund, and Wellbeing Trust, released Beyond Screening: Achieving California’s Bold Goal of Reducing Exposure to Childhood Trauma, with technical support from Prevention Institute.
Beyond Screening emphasizes four key strategies to support healthy, safe, and equitable environments for children and their families:
- Strengthening economic supports to families, like expanding access to living-wage employment, paid family leave, and social safety-net programs
- Promoting healthy social norms that protect against violence and adversity
- Providing access to housing and healthy community development
- Ensuring every child gets a strong start in early childhood, childcare, school, and after-school settings
Beyond Screening makes the case that reducing the burden of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) by 50% within a generation—a goal set by California Governor Gavin Newsom and our state’s first ever surgeon general, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris—will require addressing societal and community-level factors that fuel stress and trauma like racism, a hostile climate for immigrants, housing displacement, and economic inequity.
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) were already widespread before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, wreaking havoc on the health and economic stability of millions of families. An equitable recovery will require investing in healing and systemic approaches that enable healthy development of children in thriving communities.
We encourage you to share this report with your networks as we all look for ways to prevent adverse childhood experiences and support children and families through the COVID-19 pandemic and into the future.
Watch this inspiring webinar with leaders of local and national campaigns to prevent violence and promote racial justice. There are lots of actions you can take while you're watching to support these campaigns by volunteering or taking action on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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Watch this interview with Reggie Moore of the Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention. He's one of the speakers at today's #virtualaction2020, which starts right here in 5 min! https://bit.ly/3dYc949 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFBRwcrANJQ&feature=youtu.be
Reggie Moore, the Director of the Office of Violence Prevention at Milwaukee’s Health Department, joins us to discuss how community violence plays into the g...
Join us on Monday, 10/26 @ 1 PM PT (2 PM MT) for a coordinated virtual action to support safer communities thru #racialjustice! Hear from people leading local + national campaigns and take action to support them. *Free+public* Register here https://bit.ly/3dQTLKu or join us live on the Prevention Institute page: https://www.facebook.com/PreventionInstitute.org
PI's Media Digest is up! In this week's edition: Immigration advocates have not yet located parents of 545 children separated at border; CDC estimates 300,000 deaths related to COVID-19. https://bit.ly/3dRE2e8
By co-signing the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health Declaration of Racism as a Mental Health Crisis, we recognize our responsibility to envision a future free of racism and to work towards building it, a future in which all people can thrive in communities that support mental health and well-being. http://ow.ly/gUSk50BGIK9
Hogg Foundation's declaration is that not only is racism a public health crisis, but it is also a mental health crisis, and it is about time we named it.
Please join Prevention Institute at the 2020 American Public Health Association (APHA) virtual annual meeting from October 24–28. This year’s theme is Creating the Healthiest Nation: Preventing violence.
Check out the full list of events where you can find us at #APHA2020:
“What happens in the community environment has a greater impact on health than what happens in the doctor’s office.” In her op-ed in California Health Report PI's Elva Yañez says she’s been surprised that in the debate about Proposition 15, the Schools and Communities First ballot initiative, so little of the conversation has focused on the impact the proposition could have on Californians’ health.
“Our state is experiencing a devastating pandemic that’s taken more than 16,000 lives and stretched local healthcare and public health systems to the breaking point. And — because of the pandemic’s economic fallout — we’re bracing for what could be the largest budget cuts in state history. While the state and many jurisdictions have so far put off sharp budget cuts in the hopes that federal relief might soon be on its way, policymakers warn these cuts are coming — for schools, parks, housing and other public services.
“These kinds of resources and services play a vital role in supporting health, safety, and wellbeing. They are exactly what Proposition 15 funding would reinforce by channeling a large amount of money into schools and local services that can improve community conditions. And they’re exactly what will suffer when the budget cutting begins.”
Health outcomes, including how long people live and their quality of life, are powerfully influenced by community conditions like the availability of parks and open space, high-quality schools, hea…
This Wednesday, October 21, PI’s Ruben Cantu will be one of the facilitators for a conversation about mental health, social justice, and public health.
Join the conversation, hosted by Humannovations, a social impact organization that envisions a future in which societal injustices and mental health challenges never limit anyone's ability to contribute to their communities and achieve their potential.
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PI's Media Digest is up! In this week's edition: Politicizing the pandemic response; violations of voting rights in Native American communities. https://bit.ly/3nXqjqP
Along with 14 other public health organizations, Prevention Institute has signed on to this statement condemning the Great Barrington Declaration–the herd immunity scheme for controlling the spread of SARS CoVID-2.
SARS-CoVID-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 has infected at least 7.8 million people in the United States and 38 million worldwide. It has led to over 215,000 deaths domestically, and more than 1 million globally–with deaths continuing to climb.
If followed, the recommendations in the Great Barrington Declaration would haphazardly and unnecessarily sacrifice lives. The suggestions put forth by the declaration are NOT based in science and they ignore sound public health expertise.
We must focus on how to manage this pandemic in a safe, responsible, and equitable way so that all communities can achieve safety, health, and wellbeing.
American Public Health Association Trust for America's Health Big Cities Health Coalition
Preventing Trauma and Youth Suicide During COVID-19 and Beyond: Promoting Mental Wellbeing Through In-School and Out-of-School Supports
Please join us on October 26th for a coordinated virtual action to support safer communities through racial justice! https://bit.ly/2SQSadR
You’ll have an opportunity to take action via social media, texts, and other types of online engagement in support of local and national campaigns that are reimagining and redesigning community safety through racial justice.
Check out the awesome speakers on the event page https://bit.ly/2SQSadR and register today!
Sponsored by: Brotherhood of Elders Network; City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention; Cities United; Community Health Planning and Policy Development Section APHA ( CHPPD Section_APHA); Community Justice Action Fund; Hope and Heal Fund; Human Impact Partners (HIP); Intersectional Gun Violence Prevention Working Group, APHA; APHA Latino Caucus for Public Health; APHA Maternal & Child Health Section; Prevention Institute; RYSE Center; and others.
We’re pleased to share our latest multimedia creations with you, along with some curated by PI partner organizations. The featured podcast, video, and webinars delve into topics such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the connection between health equity and racial justice, and point to solutions in areas like data collection, support for the public health workforce, and impacts on young people. What cuts across these pieces is PI’s approach to creating health, safety, and wellbeing through thriving, equitable communities.
PI's Media Digest is up! In this week's edition: Pandemic hinders efforts to prevent violence; Purdue Pharma nears settlement over opioid crisis. https://bit.ly/3iTKL8t
The New York Times reports on a spike in shootings and homicides across US cities, and explores how the pandemic has hindered efforts to prevent violence. “The pandemic has frayed all kinds of institutions and infrastructure that hold communities together, that watch over streets, that mediate conflicts, that simply give young people something to do. Schools, libraries, recreation centers and public pools have closed. Nonprofits, churches and sports leagues have scaled back. Mentors, social workers and counselors have been hampered by social distancing. And programs devised to reduce gun violence — and that have proved effective in studies — have been upended by the pandemic. Summer jobs programs were cut this year. Violence intervention workers were barred from hospitals. Group behavioral therapy programs meant to be intimate and in-person have moved, often haltingly, online. “This work is a pat on the shoulder, a touch on the hand, a handshake,” said Del McFadden, the director of the office of neighborhood safety and engagement for the District of Columbia. “All of those things are different now.”
That may be one part of this year’s rise in violent crime.
We know air pollution causes serious health problems. Californians shoulder the burden of nearly 50% of them in the U.S.
Help us clear the air on #CleanAirDayCA by taking the California Clean Air Day pledge:
"Many addiction treatment centers around the US have shut down or turned away patients because of the pandemic, as they struggle with financial losses and adhering to safety protocols. Rozek is currently in an outpatient program, but complained she was only given medicine to try to detox at home and in person support groups aren’t currently available.
“I’m genuinely trying but it feels like I’m stuck, and so do a lot of the other addicts I know,” Rozek added.
Mass layoffs, furloughs, isolation, and cuts to resources for recovering addicts have been cited as contributing factors to reported rises in opioid use and overdoses during the pandemic.
Based on data from the Overdose detection mapping application program, opioid overdoses increased in March 2020 by 18% compared to the same month in 2019, 29% in April 2020, and 42% in May 2020. According to the American Medical Association, over 40 states have reported increases in opioid related deaths during the pandemic, even as the US experienced a record of nearly 71,000 opioid related deaths in 2019."
US treatment centers have shut down or turned away patients amid as they struggle to adhere to Covid-19 safety protocols
On October 29th from 11 am - 12:30 pm PST Alliance for Boys and Men of Color will host a Virtual Call on Starting Men's Non-violence Programs.
Engaging men through non-violence programs is an essential strategy in the suite of intervention and prevention programs to end intimate partner and family violence.
This webinar will be an opportunity to hear about the work their Healing Together campaign partners have been doing and learn more about how to create or refine a men’s non-violence program that is trauma-informed, culturally responsive, and healing-centered.
On October 29th from 11 am - 12:30 pm PST ABMoC will host a Virtual Call on Starting Men's Non-violence Programs. Engaging men through non-violence programs is an essential strategy in the suite of intervention and prevention programs to end intimate partner and family violence. This webinar will be...
PI's Media Digest is up! In this week's edition: Public school students being left behind with remote learning; inequities in job losses and economic precarity. https://bit.ly/30uloDF
Prevention Institute Executive Director Rachel A. Davis joins women leaders in healthcare, health equity, and public health for a broad-ranging conversation about what we’ve learned six months into the coronavirus pandemic and what we still desperately need to do. The podcast guests discuss topics including inconsistent and inadequate data collection, attacks on public health leaders, and the importance of an equitable recovery. Rachel is joined by Dr. Shari Barkin, the Chief of General Pediatrics at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN and a well-respected community researcher; Dr. Jewel Mullen, the associate dean for health equity at the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas in Austin and a previous public health commissioner in Connecticut; and Chrissie Juliano, the executive director of the Big Cities Health Coalition, which is composed of America’s largest metropolitan health departments.
6 Months into the Pandemic: What’s working and what do we still desperately need to do? Prevention Institute Executive Director Rachel Davis joins women leaders in healthcare, health equity, and public health for a broad-ranging conversation about what we’ve learned six months into the coronavir...
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At Prevention Institute, we're committed to advancing quality, primary prevention -- policy and environmental changes that support health, in the first place. Quality prevention means: - Advancing solutions Rooted in Community Wisdom—the combined knowledge, assets, and skills of community members which is the foundation for a stronger, healthier community environment and successful, sustainable prevention efforts. - Pursuing Comprehensive Action to solve complex problems and achieve far-reaching gains in health and safety. Applies a layered framework of mutually supportive community prevention strategies to improve social and physical environments. - Taking Two Steps to Prevention, tracing a pathway from medical concerns to the community conditions, norms, and root factors leading to poor health and inequality in the first place. Finds community solutions supporting prevention and wellness for everyone. Promoting Norms That Support Equity, Health, and Safety. Norms are "behavior shapers," levers for effective prevention. Altering policy is a vital tipping factor for changing norms, leading to supportive behavior and improved health and safety. Encouraging Interdisciplinary Partnerships to help break down silos; synthesize and integrate knowledge, perspectives, and tools across disciplines; and construct shared comprehensive solutions. Catalyzing Innovative Strategies and Analysis that change community-wide systems and foster a new way of thinking where prevention is primary.
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