• California Health Report: October 19, 2020

    Health and Equity Are On the Ballot With Prop. 15

    In her op ed in California Health Report, PI's Elva Yañez advocates for Oroposition 15 which will generate an estimated $8 to 12 billion in funds per year, 40% of which will go to schools, with the other 60% will going toward county-level services like nutrition assistance, rent relief, and public health contact-tracing programs, among others.

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  • The Trace: September 11, 2020

    Are Cities Willing to Cut Police Spending and Invest in Community Violence Prevention?

    In their article in The Trace, Anthony Smith of Cities United and PI's Rachel Davis call for a public health approach to community violence. "Tactics like the ones we’re seeing federal agents carry out in Portland, Oregon, don’t make communities safer — they exacerbate the risk of violence... Rather than cut programs that save lives, we should listen to the demands from protesters who are calling for diverting funds from law enforcement to community resources that support safe and equitable communities in the first place."

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  • Health Promotion Practice: July 26, 2020

    Applying a Social Determinants of Health Approach to the Opioid Epidemic

    In July 2020, Prevention Institute’s Ruben Cantu, Dana Fields-Johnson, and Sheila Savannah authored “Applying a Social Determinants of Health Approach to the Opioid Epidemic” for the journal Health Promotion Practice. In it, they describe a community initiative they were involved in that applied upstream, primary prevention strategies to address the underlying causes of the opioid crisis.

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  • California Health Report: July 21, 2020

    Cannabis Tax Revenues Are Going to Police Budgets, Not Communities

    In their op-ed in California Health Report, Sarah-Michael Gaston of Youth Forward and PI's Juliet Sims explain how cities' taxes on marijuana are going toward funding for the police instead of the communities most harmed by the War on Drugs. They offer recommendations for how cities can shift these funds from the criminal justice system back into the communities they were intended to benefit in the first place.

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  • The Hill: May 15, 2020

    Bankruptcy and privatization will not lead us to recovery

    In her op-ed in The Hill, PI's Rachel A. Davis makes the case that if states and local governments begin to declare bankruptcy—as recommended by some members of congress—or privatize services, this would endanger all communities, and particularly vulnerable communities, by slashing funding for public resources, exacerbating inequities, and reducing transparency and accountability.

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  • California Health Report: May 7, 2020

    Opinion: Society Designed the Systems That Created COVID-19 Inequalities — We Can Redesign Them

    In their op-ed in California Health Report, Chrissie Juliano and PI's Rachel A. Davis applaud legislation introduced by California Senator Kamala Harris and Congresswoman Robin Kelly of Illinois to address the root of the reasons COVID-19 is taking a heavier toll on low-income communities and communities of color. They champion a system-level transformation of community conditions that we can redesign through policy and advocacy. "The data tell us that the systems that shape lives and determine the opportunity to be healthy — from housing and transportation to education and economic...

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  • Healthy Living, Healthy Planet Radio: May 4, 2020

    Podcast: Sustainable Communities

    PI's Manal J. Aboelata joined Amanda Eaken and Jason Babbie from NRDC for a conversation on Healthy Living, Healthy Planet Radio about how we can sustain healthy and resilient communities during COVID-19. Listen to Episode 30 to hear their discussion.

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