Prevention Institute was founded in 1997 as the national center for developing and advancing the practice of primary prevention. We strive to shift the overarching mindset and approach to health from one that focuses solely on treating sick individuals, to one that prevents disease, violence and injury before they occur. We are building a movement to transform communities to support equity, health, and safety in the first place, by bolstering the conditions and factors that foster resilience and wellbeing.
Prevention Institute is a nonprofit organization that synthesizes research and practice; develops prevention tools and frameworks; designs and guides inter-sectoral partnerships; and provides training, technical assistance, and strategy development to promote innovative community-oriented solutions, better government and business practices, and policy change. Our approach to solving complex health and social issues is to address multiple problems concurrently, which all stem from similar underlying factors. We work across multiple Focus Areas and our core mission is to promote health equity—the commitment to ensuring that every person has an equal opportunity to be healthy and safe.
We have a diverse and passionate staff of 50 and an engaged Board of Directors and Executive Advisory Board. Our headquarters is in Oakland and we have offices in Los Angeles, CA and Washington, D.C. Our offices are designed to be both community assets and terrific workplaces for staff—open and inspirational environments that encourage creative thinking and collaboration.
To learn more about us, read our Strategic Framework.