• San Francisco Chronicle: July 14, 2019

    Open Forum: Big Soda remains Sacramento’s beverage of choice

    In her op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle, PI's Leslie Mikkelsen calls out the beverage industry as they stymied 5 bills this legislative session, all designed to reduce children's consumption of sugary beverages. "Bills to tax sugary drinks, put warning labels on them, keep them out of checkout lanes, cap serving sizes and limit discounts were all stopped or stalled." She calls on lawmakers to remember that the onus is not on parents to stop their children from drinking sweetened drinks, but on the American Beverage Association, which designs its marketing to get kids hooked on soda.

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  • California Health Report: July 8, 2019

    In Effort to Stop Domestic Violence, Advocates Teach Financial Independence

    In her article examining how policies that support economic security and gender equity can reduce domestic violence, Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil quotes Prevention Institute's Alisha Somji: 

    “A lot of people see the immediate connection between how domestic violence can increase economic insecurity, but there tends to be less dialogue about how community economic security can help support safe relationships and prevent violence before it begins. What this means is that when we think about domestic violence prevention, it’s not just about some of the things we usually think about—teaching healthy behaviors and relationships—but it’s really thinking about more of our community environments. One example of this, is by supporting economic policies such as paid leave from work."

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  • KCBS Radio: June 28, 2019

    Juul Gears Up To Challenge San Francisco E-Cigarette Ban At The Ballot

    Carrie Hodousek of KCBS Radio interviews PI's Sana Chehimi about how the e-cigarette maker, Juul, is trying to get on the November ballot to block San Francisco's ban of e-cigarettes. “They’re doing exactly what we would expect big tobacco to do. This is really a case of corporate profit versus public health."

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  • Jackson Hole News & Guide: June 27, 2019

    Changing cultural norms may aid men's health

    In honor of Men’s Health Awareness Month, which is June, Deidre Ashley writes that although men make up 80% of suicides in the United States, and men are just as likely to face mental heallth issues as women, men are far less likely to seek out help. She explains how traditional masculline norms for men leave them feeling isolated and unable to ask for help. She emphasizes the importance of initiatives working to change norms around masculinity, citing Prevention Institute's Making Connections community of practice.

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  • Media Entertainment Arts Worldwide (MEAWW): June 11, 2019

    Arming teachers to protect students is 'risky' and 'misguided', warn experts after Texas governor signs school safety bill into law

    In response to the Santa Fe High School shooting of 2018, two weeks ago Texas governor Greg Abbott signed a "school safety bill" into law. The law is meant to intensify school security, and one of its measures allows "as many armed teachers in schools and classrooms as local officials see fit." In this article in MEAWW, Priyam Chhetri explores the repurcussions of the law, citing PI's Alisha Somji:  "To actually prevent these incidents and put a stop to youth gun violence, they need to dig much deeper, Putting guns in the hands of teachers does not align with our approach. In taking a...

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  • Medium: May 29, 2019

    Redlining and Mental Health: Connecting the Dots Across Poverty, Place, and Exclusion

    In this Medium article by Laura Choi of the SF Federal Reserve, Choi writes about how historical policies like redlining have frayed social connections and other social determinants that protect against poverty and support mental health. She writes, "community development efforts can be designed to strengthen the mental health and well-being of the populations it serves," linking to PI's work on the pillars of wellbeing.

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  • Chiming In: May 28, 2019

    How a bike exchange in Honolulu supports community mental health

    This piece by PI's Christine Williams and Wil Crary, featured in Mental Health America's blog, describes how KVIBE, an instructional bike exchange in Honolulu, supports the mental health and wellbeing of men and boys by addressing community needs like social cohesion, a sense of belonging, and physical activity.

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  • The Post: May 22, 2019

    Family Service Center of Galveston County Receives Grant

    The Hogg Foundation announces that it will fund a five-year, $11.5 million initiative that supports collaborative approaches to wellbeing in the greater Houston Metropolitan Area, with a focus on children and youth of color and their families. Its goal is to strengthen efforts to transform the environments where people live, learn, work, play, and pray to support resilience, mental health, and wellbeing. Prevention Institute will coordinate the initiative.

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  • Houston Chronicle: May 13, 2019

    Hogg Foundation awards mental health grants

    This article describes the Communities of Care initiative, a five-year, $11.5 million initiative that supports collaborative approaches to wellbeing in the greater Houston Metropolitan Area, with a focus on children and youth of color and their families. Its goal is to strengthen efforts to transform the environments where people live, learn, work, play, and pray to support resilience, mental health, and wellbeing. Communities of Care is funded by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. Prevention Institute coordinates the initiative,

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