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UNITY E-Alert: August 9, 2016

Webinar and Peer Learning Forum explore how and why local communities are engaging the community development sector 

The community development sector invests over $200 billion per year in neighborhoods across the U.S. with low and moderate average household incomes. Do you know what this sector does and how to engage it in ensuring these investments make communities safer and improve outcomes for young children and families? To learn more, please join Prevention Institute (PI) and the Center of the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) as part of the Cradle to Community: A Focus on Community Safety project.

Part One, Community Development Sector 101: An Overview for
Violence Prevention and Early Childhood Development Advocates
and Other Community Practitioners

Friday, August 26, 2016, 10:30am-12:00pm PT/1:30-3:00pm ET
Register here for this webinar: Community Development Sector 101

Facilitated by PI and CSSP, this webinar will be largely didactic and feature guest presenters from Build Healthy Places Network (BHPN). Guest presenters include: Colby Dailey, Managing Director, Build Healthy Places Network and Daniel Lau, Manager of Strategic Engagement, Build Healthy Places Network.


  • Gain an understanding of the community development sector
  • Learn from BHPN’s work of supporting local collaboration between health and community development agents across the country
  • Discuss how local communities are engaging this sector
  • Understand why engaging the community development sector is important for public health and specifically for promoting community safety and positive early childhood development
    Who should participate: Public health practitioners, early childhood systems providers, violence prevention advocates, city managers and other representatives from local government.

Part Two, Engaging the Community Development Sector
to Promote Community Safety and Positive Early Childhood Development:
Opportunities, Challenges, and Next Steps

Friday, September 30, 2016, 10:30-11:30am PT/ 1:30-2:30pm ET

This follow-up Peer Learning Forum is for members of PI’s UNITY City Network and CSSP’s EC-LINC Network.  Email unity@preventioninstitute.org to request registration for the Peer Learning Forum.


  • Consider how partnerships with the community development sector can help in your city/county’s local context
  • Discuss real-life implications for individual sites ands, the violence prevention and early childhood fields, and how the UNITY and EC-LINC networks can support communities in engaging with community development
  • Identify key opportunities, challenges, and next steps

Cradle to Community: A Focus on Community Safety is supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Stay tuned for more…

UNITY and EC-LINC launch new peer learning forums/lab
Responsive to the needs, interests, and directions of
UNITY City Network and EC-LINC members, Prevention Institute and the Center of the Study of Social Policy are launching a series of webinars and interactive sessions as part of the Cradle to Community: A Focus on Community Safety project. Peer learning forums and labs will provide spaces for UNITY and EC-LINC members and their local partners to further explore topic areas at the intersection of community safety and positive early childhood development, and inspire learning from guest speakers and each other. There will be a separate series for each of the topics below:

  • Peer Learning Lab to advance policy pathways for community safety and positive early childhood development
  • Supporting fathers as a key strategy to promote community safety and positive early childhood development

Future UNITY peer learning forums include: Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience, and the role of public health role in improving police-community relations.

Advancing a safety in all policies approach: Housing and community development

Adapted from Health in All Policies, PI’s Safety in All Policies briefs discuss maximizing multi-sector involvement in violence prevention strategies for a safer California. One focuses on the housing and community development sector and describes recommended actions at the local level and potential roles for state actors.

Preventing violence through deliberate land-use strategies

PI’s paper, Community Safety by Design: Preventing Violence through Land Use, outlines concrete steps to better integrate effective violence prevention strategies into land-use decisions.

Mobilizing community development on behalf of children

This Build Healthy Places Network blog discusses the intersection between child development and community development, including what communities can do to strengthen linkages between the two.

Four strategic opportunities to support healthy, equitable land use in Los Angeles and beyond

The Healthy, Equitable, and Active Land Use (HEALU) Network released Strategic Opportunities to Create a Healthy, Equitable Land Use System in Los Angeles, a new policy brief that outlines a menu of strategies to produce health equity through the land use system.

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