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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.

Today California Governor Gavin Newsom focused his second annual State of the State address on the importance of address...
02/20/2020
Homelessness in California must be 'top of our agenda,' Gavin Newsom says

Today California Governor Gavin Newsom focused his second annual State of the State address on the importance of addressing California's housing crisis, and the community conditions that adversely affect those experiencing homelessness.

"Legislation in the 1960s gave Californians more rights to ensure they are not improperly locked away because of mental illness. But Newsom said that with decades of cuts to the social safety net that followed, people with mental health problems have instead been shuffled into jails and ended up homeless
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Newsom has sharpened his focus on homelessness at the start of his second year in office, including with a $750 million budget plan to pay rent and build affordable housing for homeless people and a proposed multibillion-dollar expansion of Medi-Cal to keep chronically homeless people out of the emergency room and other costly care.

In January, he signed an executive order to open vacant state land to emergency shelters and deployed trailers to homeless encampments to provide temporary housing."

Gov. Gavin Newsom called for California to strengthen its conservatorship laws, exempt homeless housing from certain environmental regulations and redirect hundreds of millions of dollars for mental health services to tackle widespread homelessness in the state.

Despite opposition from unions, business groups and electric utilities, the EPA plans to declare that it is not "appropr...
02/18/2020
Utilities say they’re against EPA rollback on mercury emissions

Despite opposition from unions, business groups and electric utilities, the EPA plans to declare that it is not "appropriate and necessary" for the government to limit harmful pollutants from power plants.

The rule in question, known as the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), targets a powerful neurotoxin that can affect the IQ and motor skills of children, even in utero.

"Rachel Heaton, a mother of three and a member of the Muckleshoot Tribe of Auburn, Washington, said her tribe's reservation lies between two rivers, the White River and the Green River. Members also fish the waters of Puget Sound, and salmon is a food staple and a livelihood for many in the area.

Mercury in the atmosphere can dissolve into water, and Heaton worries that means more of it eventually winding up in her community.

“I don’t trust the EPA. ... I don’t see this one in our favor,” she said, citing dozens of regulatory rollbacks. “It’s very personal. Ultimately, it affects my people, our community, our children.” "

For more than three years, the Trump administration has prided itself on working with industry to unshackle companies from burdensome environmental regulations. But as the Environmental Protection Agency prepares to finalize the latest in a long line of rollbacks, the nation's power sector has sent....

Today marks two years since the mass shooting that took the lives of 17 young people who attended Marjorie Stoneman Doug...
02/14/2020
Honoring community leadership two years after the Parkland shooting

Today marks two years since the mass shooting that took the lives of 17 young people who attended Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

One of the reasons that so many people will remember that tragic and unnecessary loss of life today is because of the powerful leadership of the young people who survived the massacre. Immediately after their classmates were killed, they began to speak truth to power and demand that US policymakers be held accountable for their failure to keep young people safe from gun violence.

Their activism reinvigorated the movement to prevent gun violence and succeeded in changing state gun laws and gun sales policies at major corporations. And their movement grew bigger and more powerful when they joined forces with their peers in Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia, and across the country. Though federal policymakers have yet to pass legislation that restricts easy access to guns, young activists are keeping the pressure on every single day.

Two years ago on Valentine’s Day, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was the site of a mass shoo...
02/14/2020
Day of healing and service events planned for Parkland school shooting anniversary

Two years ago on Valentine’s Day, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was the site of a mass shooting that took the lives of 17 young people and left their families, friends, and community devastated. This year, to address the trauma that this community has suffered, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the city of Parkland, and other organizations in and around Parkland will host events focused on healing and service.

On the second anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the city of Parkland and a number of organizations in and around Parkland will host events focused on healing and service for the community.

New Congressional documents show that the e-cigarette company Juul has been using unjust marketing tactics to sell their...
02/12/2020
‘It’s Insidious’: How Juul Pitched E-Cigs to Native American Tribes

New Congressional documents show that the e-cigarette company Juul has been using unjust marketing tactics to sell their products to American Indians and Alaskan natives-groups that already have disproportionately high smoking rates compared to the rest of the U.S. due to heavy marketing tactics from Big Tobacco.

"Tobacco also holds a unique place in Native American culture, since many tribes use it ceremonially and view it as sacred, Owen says. While she says ritual use is “completely different” than vaping or smoking, some tobacco companies have capitalized on that association—as well as tribal sovereignty, which exempts Native populations from many tobacco laws and regulations—in their sales and marketing practices. Among other strategies, tobacco companies have used price reductions, charitable donations and sponsorships to forge relationships with tribes “not only to increase sales…but also to maintain goodwill among American Indian/Alaska Native leaders [and] improve overall image and credibility,” according to a paper published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research in 2019."

Following in the footsteps of Big Tobacco strategies, Juul has pitched the idea that e-cigarettes can help reduce smoking rates to tribal leaders, and offered price reductions for their 'starter kits' for their 'switching program.' Their switching program, designed to switch consumers from smoking cigarettes to vaping, also encourages participants to enter their personal habits and health data into a Juul-developed online portal.

New Congressional documents show how e-cigarette maker Juul Labs pitched its products to at least eight Native American tribes.

PI's Media Digest is up! In this week's edition: The Great Affordability Crisis; a 21st-century vision for public librar...
02/07/2020
PI's Media Digest: The Great Affordability Crisis; a 21st-century vision for public libraries; homicide a leading cause of death for pregnant women and girls | Prevention Institute

PI's Media Digest is up! In this week's edition: The Great Affordability Crisis; a 21st-century vision for public libraries; homicide a leading cause of death for pregnant women and girls.

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 reflect those of Prevention Institute.

Welcome to our media digest for the week ending February 7, 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...

February 19 will mark the 78th anniversary of the day President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order authoriz...
02/07/2020
Honoring “transcendient” heroes

February 19 will mark the 78th anniversary of the day President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order authorizing the unconstitutional incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II in concentration camps. In remembrance, multimedia artist Taiji Terasaki created Transcendients: Heroes at Borders, an exhibit that pays tribute to activists and advocates throughout the United States who stand for democracy and justice.

Transcendient combines two words, transcend and transient, to speak to the immigrant experience—one marked by uncertainty and vulnerability, yet also hope and transcendence.

Prevention Institute is incredibly proud that our deputy executive director, Manal J. Aboelata, a public health champion, is one of the “transcendient” heroes whose work is spotlighted in the exhibit. “I am honored to be included among people who I admire greatly for their contributions to social justice—people who I have observed both up close and admired from afar in their work, their struggles, and their triumphs.” In the multimedia exhibit, a beautiful piece containing the words “equity,” “community,” and “park equity now” represents Manal’s longstanding commitment to work toward healthy neighborhoods where all people can thrive.

Researchers from the Urban Insitute have estimated that the 2020 cencus could miss anywhere from 900,000 to 4 million pe...
02/05/2020
Census count has implications for public health: Health funding, programs depend on accurate enumeration

Researchers from the Urban Insitute have estimated that the 2020 cencus could miss anywhere from 900,000 to 4 million people, with communities of color most at risk of being not counted.

Census data, which is released every ten years, is used to inform decisions about how to distribute federal funds for programs that address social determinants of health, like MEdicaid, low-income housing vouchers, and food assistance. Essentially, all effective public health efforts depend on accurate census data.

" “Our ability to prevent people from getting sick, to prevent the transmission of communicable and infectious disease is very dependent on receiving funding that’s based on an accurate population count,” she told The Nation’s Health. “An undercount not only means less money, it also means we don’t have the right denominators when we’re trying to establish rates around disease tracking, outbreaks and inequities in outcomes.” "

Communities across the nation are working to make sure that everyone is counted in the 2020 census by building coalitions to do canvassing and awareness raising, and setting up mobile computer banks in areas with limited access to internet.

To learn how to get involved with the 2020 census, visit www.2020census.gov

With crucial funding and data on the line, work is underway to make sure the 2020 census count is an accurate one. Among the partners working toward that goal: Public health.

"The new signs feature six different silhouettes of female figures, including a pregnant woman, a woman with a cane, a w...
02/03/2020
Geneva is putting women on half its pedestrian crossing signs

"The new signs feature six different silhouettes of female figures, including a pregnant woman, a woman with a cane, a woman with an Afro, and two women holding hands. Notably, the figures wear both skirts and pants."

The new signs feature a pregnant woman, a woman with a cane, a woman with an Afro, and two women holding hands.

Although we've known that lead is toxic since the 1950's, and the United States began enforcing laws to ban the substanc...
02/03/2020
The Unequal Burden of Urban Lead

Although we've known that lead is toxic since the 1950's, and the United States began enforcing laws to ban the substance in the 1970's, cities throughout the U.S. still show remnants of lead in the built environment. Children are especially susceptible to lead poisoning,and minimal exposure-just three granules of sugar’s worth of lead-is all it takes to poison one child. Today, low income communities and communities of color are the most negatively impacted by lead, which it's still present in outdated buildings and playgrounds.

"Ruth Ann Norton, president and CEO of the Baltimore nonprofit Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, is one of the current advocates for eliminating childhood lead poisoning in the city. Since she started her job in 1993, close to 40,000 children in Baltimore have been poisoned with blood-lead levels higher than 10 micrograms per deciliter. “If you care about health, you must care about lead poisoning,” she says. “But if you care about opportunity, which is tied deeply into racial equity, we must eradicate lead.”

Doing so, as Norton says, is not a technical challenge: It’s just a matter of time, money, and political willpower."

Over the last 40 years, environmental lead contamination has been greatly reduced in U.S. cities. But not for everyone.

The Environmental Impact Report for #LAsidewalks is out! Public comments are due February 24! A few notes from Investing...
02/03/2020
Investing in Place

The Environmental Impact Report for #LAsidewalks is out! Public comments are due February 24!

A few notes from Investing in Place:

A key thing is the project design features and the tree replacement ratio.

These are effectively becoming the standard way city constructs sidewalks.

So anything people want to see sidewalk projects include needs to be mentioned.

The main thing that we see is that the tree replacement ratio does not take into account heat burden for the community.

Cutting a mature tree on the Westside doesn’t have the same impact as cutting a tree in south LA. Waiting 20-30 years for regrowth means that whole time community is exposed to health impacts.

The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for #LAsidewalks is out - comments due 2/24.

A key thing is the project design features and the tree replacement ratio.

These are effectively becoming the standard way city constructs sidewalks.

So anything people want to see sidewalk projects include needs to be mentioned.

The main thing that we see is that the tree replacement ratio does not take into account heat burden for the community.

Cutting a mature tree on the Westside doesn’t have the same impact as cutting a tree in south LA. Waiting 20-30 years for regrowth means that whole time community is exposed to health impacts.

Los Angeles Walks Pacoima Beautiful Climate Resolve TreePeople Prevention Institute

https://sidewalks.lacity.org/environmental-impact-report

PI's Media Digest is up! In this week's edition: Clean Water Act rollback is largest loss of clean water protections in ...
01/31/2020
PI's Media Digest: Clean Water Act rollback is largest loss of clean water protections in US history: public charge to go into effect; life expectancy rises | Prevention Institute

PI's Media Digest is up! In this week's edition: Clean Water Act rollback is largest loss of clean water protections in US history; public charge to go into effect; life expectancy rises.

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 reflect those of Prevention Institute.

Welcome to our media digest for the week ending January 31, 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...

Thanks to our friends at the Washtenaw County Health Department for this post.
01/31/2020

Thanks to our friends at the Washtenaw County Health Department for this post.

Let’s fight this new public health concern with compassion and science, not fear and discrimination. As of now, people in the U.S. are considered at risk for novel coronavirus if they’ve traveled to affected areas in China and have symptoms, or if they’ve been in close contact with an individual who has been confirmed to have novel coronavirus. People travel to China for all kinds of reasons, like business and vacation. You CANNOT tell if someone has a risk of spreading novel coronavirus by what they look like.

This NPR piece is cautiously optimistic about the recent increase in life expectancy in the United States, which may be ...
01/30/2020
Life Expectancy Rose Slightly In 2018, As Drug Overdose Deaths Fell

This NPR piece is cautiously optimistic about the recent increase in life expectancy in the United States, which may be due to fewer opioid overdose deaths. The good news is that, to some extent, opioid treatment and overdose prevention is working.

But, the piece notes that the data should be interpreted carefully since the decrease in deaths was not uniform across all states. It also cautions that we are also seeing a 'fourth wave' of the opioid crisis on the rise - opioids mixed with methamphetamine or cocaine.

" "We have to move away from this understanding that we're just going to treat it as a supply-side phenomena," Ciccarone says. "As 'let's stop the opioid pills, let's stop the excess prescribing.'"

Instead, we also have to address what's driving the demand for these drugs in communities, he says.

"There's a large amount of social, economic, spiritual despair in this country," says Ciccarone. "And because we've underappreciated that phenomena, we've under-appreciated that there's a demand side to problematic drug consumption."

Addressing that despair, he says, will be key to preventing more people from turning to drugs in the first place."

The turnaround is welcome news after rising drug overdose and suicide rates had pushed life expectancy down since 2014. Could America be turning the tide on opioid addiction?

The United States is facing a huge loss in the protection of our water - a basic human need - that will put millions of ...
01/29/2020
The Clean Water Act was a staggering bipartisan achievement. Now Trump is gutting it | Blan Holman

The United States is facing a huge loss in the protection of our water - a basic human need - that will put millions of Americans at risk of losing their clean drinking water.

"It may be hard to remember these days, but the nation that led the world on to the stage of modern environmental protection was the United States.

Starting in the early 70s, the US Congress enacted bold bipartisan laws to protect America’s wildlife, air and water. America’s skies cleared. Waterfronts across the nation went from blighted dumping grounds into vital civic hearts.

And, in this journey from smog to light, America’s economy thrived. Our environment improved even as our economy grew. Both Republican and Democratic administrations upheld this commitment to a clean environment, and it endured for decades.

Following the 2016 election, polluting-industry veterans commandeered the country’s environmental agencies with one central aim: make pollution free again.

The assaults have been fast, furious and many. But the latest one stands out above, or below, the others. Administration officials have now targeted the Clean Water Act, perhaps the most fundamental environmental law ever enacted by the US Congress."

This is the single largest loss of clean water protections that America has ever seen – and the timing couldn’t be worse

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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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