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PI staff members discuss community approaches to diseases of despair, building resilience in young people, and preventing sexual harassment and violence in local and national media outlets.

It’s critically important that people who support justice, equity, and prosperity for all speak out about the issues of the day and propose solutions that get to the underlying causes of these issues. Below are some examples of PI’s efforts to bring a message promoting health, safety, and equity to a broader audience. We encourage you to raise your voices too – through opinion pieces and letters to the editor, calls to policymakers, rallies and marches, and even conversations with your loved ones.

Health Affairs, January 4, 2018 
PI's Larissa Estes and Benjamin F. Miller of Well Being Trust call for a national resilience strategy to address 'diseases of despair,' such as substance misuse and suicide in the blog To Address Opioids And Diseases Of Despair, Communities Must Build Resilience. "Only by understanding the underlying causes of these diseases that are holding our communities hostage will we be able to adequately support those who need immediate treatment and “space” to heal; prevent addiction from taking hold of our loved ones and neighbors; and shore up the overall health and well-being of entire communities."

Rising Up with Sonali, January 10, 2018 
PI's Lisa Fujie Parks joins Sonali Kolhatkar, host of the television and radio show Rising Up with Sonali, to discuss Moving Beyond #MeToo To Preventing Sexual Violence. She talks about changing the norms that increase the risk of sexual violence and harassment: rigid gender norms that associate masculinity with control and femininity with compliance; abuse of power over others; aggression and violence; and the expectation that sexual violence should be treated as a private problem, not a public concern.

POLITICO, January 16, 2018
In A prescription for ... resiliency?, author Chelsea Conaboy highlights the importance of forging strong parental or alternative caregiver bonds in early childhood, citing Prevention Institute's work with Honolulu's Kalihi Valley Instructional Bike Exchange and Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services. Loving early childhood relationships, she maintains, likely protect against chronic mental health and physical conditions that often appear in adults who suffered trauma in their early years. Kokua Kalihi Valley is part of Making Connections for Mental Health and Wellbeing Among Men and Boys, a national initiative administered by PI and funded by The Movember Foundation.

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And check out some of PI’s recent podcasts and videos

VIDEO: What does “Cradle to Community” mean to you?

Members of PI’s UNITY City Network and the Center for the Study of Social Policy’s Early Childhood LINC network reflect on the connection between community safety and healthy childhood development. The video is part of our Cradle to Community project.

PODCAST: In this Making Connections podcast, participants talk about historic and emerging forms of community trauma, such as displacement, as well as solutions, including peer supports, healing circles, and culturally rooted activities such as canoe journeys.

VIDEO: Coming Together: Land Use and Violence Prevention

We can make our communities safer by bringing a violence prevention ‘lens’ to guide land use decisions like what gets funded, where things get built, whose voices shape the process, and what policies and programs are put in place.

Contact Info:

Phone: 510-444-7738

Email: prevent@preventioninstitute.org

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Oakland, CA 94607

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