Structural racism is a determinant of violence; racial justice is a determinant of safety.

In 2021, in collaboration with the Division of Violence Prevention, Prevention Institute researched the ways that communities can achieve safety addressing structural racism. Based on that work and input from leaders and practitioners across the country, we developed this set of modules to assist violence prevention partners integrate health equity and racial justice into their practices, programming, and policy work.

The modules contain specific action steps that CDC program recipients, staff, and other partners can use to operationalize racial justice principles within their strategic approaches to preventing violence and promoting safe, thriving communities. Module 1 reviews the racial justice principles while Modules 2 and 3 demonstrate how these principles are applied to two key strategies within the public health approach to addressing multiple forms of violence.

Thank you to the following for contributing to these modules: 

  • Center for Law and Social Policy
  • RTI International Transformative Research Unit for Equity
  • Learning Series Panelists
    • Jacqueline Franco, East San Jose PEACE Partnership Co-Chair, Promotora, Somos Mayfair Board of Directors member
    • Annie Wu, Program Manager I, Santa Clara County Public Health Department
    • Tiffany Iheanacho, Director, Buncombe County Justice Services
    • Aris Brown, Narrative Change and Media Manager, Houston in Action; Houston Poet Laureate
    • Kay Coghill, Digital Director, me too. International
    • Greg Jackson, former Executive Director, Community Justice Action Fund
    • Anthony Dickey, Youth Mentor, Youth Advocate Programs Inc.; Changemaker, A New Deal for Youth

This project is supported by Cooperative Agreement No. NU38OT000305 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Department of Health and Human Services or the CDC.

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