• Belleville-News Democrat: April 24, 2019

    You’re 19 times more likely to be murdered in East St. Louis than any other U.S. city

    Belleville News-Democrat reports on East St. Louis, which has the highest murder rate in the country. "Unlike the violence found in other cities, murders here don’t appear to be related to drugs or gangs, but are more random. This makes them harder to solve because investigators can’t rely on informants to divulge the motives and possible suspects for the killings." PI's Rachel Davis is quoted: "The same kind of conditions that increase the likelihood of violence, like unsafe housing, failing schools, and lack of economic opportunity, also contribute to community trauma."

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  • San Francisco Marin Medical Society: April 16, 2019

    Investing in Healthy Communities

    In their op-ed, "Investing in Healthy Communities," PI's Juliet Sims and Matt Willis from Marin County explore funding for community-level prevention initiatives in California going forward. The piece is featured in the March issue of San Francisco Marin Medical Society

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  • Hogg Foundation for Mental Health: April 1, 2019

    Drawing the Circle of Inclusion: The First Step Is Trust

    In this piece featured in the Hogg Foundation's blog, PI's Sheila Savannah writes about how to broaden partnerships to include community voices that are often left out of the conversation. She emphasizes that trust-building through cultural humility and willingness to listen may be challenging, but partnerships can only enact truly meaningful change when they reflect the makeup of the communities they serve.

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  • Central Michigan LIfe: March 19, 2019

    Speaker discusses community trauma at Elizabeth Lockwood Wheeler lecture event

    Maddox Rowland of Central Michigan Life write's about the talk on structural violence and community-driven prevention that PI's Ruben Cantu gave for the 27th Annual Elizabeth Lockwood Wheeler Lecture. "Much of Cantu’s lecture centered around one main theme: Disease and injury prevention takes place in the community, not in a doctor’s office. Cantu said the goal of the Prevention Institute is working with communities to figure out ways to prevent illness and injury before they happen."

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  • Vida en el Valley: March 15, 2019

    ABC’s of your Health: Local non-profit to work on community-based approaches to preventing domestic violence among immigrants Latinas living in Fresno County

    In her article in Vida en el Valle, María G. Ortiz-Briones writes about how Cultiva la Salud, a collaborative in Fresno working to improve the health and wellbeing of low-income Latina women, will engage with Prevention Institute's domestic violence prevention initiative - "Safety through Connections." She quotes Prevention Institute's Lisa Fujie Parks: 

    “Most people don’t realize the ways that the community determinants of health—things like housing, employment, social norms, and social networks—can increase or decrease the risk of intimate partner violence. That’s why it’s so important to look at community factors when creating prevention initiatives. By taking a community-level approach to preventing intimate partner violence, we can address the underlying factors that contribute to violence and inequities in who experiences violence,” 

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  • Health Affairs : March 14, 2019

    An Expanded Strategy For Breaking The Cycle Of Domestic Violence

    In their piece in Health Affairs, Carolyn Wang Kong of Blue Shield of California Foundation, and PI's Lisa Fujie Parks and Alisha Somji of Prevention Institute, describe the Foundation's two-part approach to transform domestic violence prevention from within and beyond the domestic violence field. The Safety Through Connection community of practice represents the “beyond” approach.

    “Together, these two cohorts will provide valuable insights into how power, systems, community, and collaboration can come together to prevent violence in communities. The ‘within and beyond’ approach allows us to learn about the levers and incentives for change across multiple systems, while unifying diverse efforts toward the shared goal of ending violence.”

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  • Rewire.news: March 8, 2019

    In Search of Safety: An Investigation of Abuse at an Immigration Facility

    In her expose of how policies designed to protect detained immigrants from sexual abuse are drastically failing, Tina Vasquez cites Prevention Institute: "Perpetuating cycles of violence is not uncommon. According to a 2014 brief from the Prevention Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 'people who experience or are exposed to one form of violence are at a higher risk for both being a victim of other forms of violence and for inflicting harm on others.'"

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  • Northwest Regional Primary Care Association: February 12, 2019

    Community-Centered Health Homes: Bridging Healthcare Services and Community Prevention

    In her featured article in the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association's website, PI's Rea Panares summarizes the second edition of PI's Community Centered Health Homes (CCHH) paper, The CCHH model, which provides healthcare organizations with a framework to identify local community determinants of health and collaborate with partner organizations to improve community conditions, has helped communities in Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Texas address issues that undermine health like food insecurity, poor housing, workplace environmental hazards, and a lack of neighborhood parks and playgrounds. The paper highlights stories from the 27 sites across the country that have begun to pilot the model.

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  • California Health Report: January 30, 2019

    To Truly Transform Health in California, We Need to Invest in Healthy Communities

    In their op-ed, PI's Juiet Sims and Matt Willis from Marin County explore funding for community-level prevention initiatives in California going forward. While they applaud Governor Newsom's  budgest proposals for paid family leave, education, water safety and housing, they argue that since funding from the federal Prevention and Public Health Fund—created in 2010 as part of the ACA—is precarious, CA should create a state Wellness Trust. Citing Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Oklahoma as examples of states with successful Wellness Trusts, the authors suggest that California seed the Trust with funds from soda taxes, and they lay out some basic principles for how to structure this new potential funding stream.

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