• Health Affairs : March 14, 2019

    An Expanded Strategy For Breaking The Cycle Of Domestic Violence

    In their piece in Health Affairs, Carolyn Wang Kong of Blue Shield of California Foundation, and PI's Lisa Fujie Parks and Alisha Somji of Prevention Institute, describe the Foundation's two-part approach to transform domestic violence prevention from within and beyond the domestic violence field. The Safety Through Connection community of practice represents the “beyond” approach.

    “Together, these two cohorts will provide valuable insights into how power, systems, community, and collaboration can come together to prevent violence in communities. The ‘within and beyond’ approach allows us to learn about the levers and incentives for change across multiple systems, while unifying diverse efforts toward the shared goal of ending violence.”

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  • Rewire.news: March 8, 2019

    In Search of Safety: An Investigation of Abuse at an Immigration Facility

    In her expose of how policies designed to protect detained immigrants from sexual abuse are drastically failing, Tina Vasquez cites Prevention Institute: "Perpetuating cycles of violence is not uncommon. According to a 2014 brief from the Prevention Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 'people who experience or are exposed to one form of violence are at a higher risk for both being a victim of other forms of violence and for inflicting harm on others.'"

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  • Northwest Regional Primary Care Association: February 12, 2019

    Community-Centered Health Homes: Bridging Healthcare Services and Community Prevention

    In her featured article in the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association's website, PI's Rea Panares summarizes the second edition of PI's Community Centered Health Homes (CCHH) paper, The CCHH model, which provides healthcare organizations with a framework to identify local community determinants of health and collaborate with partner organizations to improve community conditions, has helped communities in Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Texas address issues that undermine health like food insecurity, poor housing, workplace environmental hazards, and a lack of neighborhood parks and playgrounds. The paper highlights stories from the 27 sites across the country that have begun to pilot the model.

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  • California Health Report: January 30, 2019

    To Truly Transform Health in California, We Need to Invest in Healthy Communities

    In their op-ed, PI's Juiet Sims and Matt Willis from Marin County explore funding for community-level prevention initiatives in California going forward. While they applaud Governor Newsom's  budgest proposals for paid family leave, education, water safety and housing, they argue that since funding from the federal Prevention and Public Health Fund—created in 2010 as part of the ACA—is precarious, CA should create a state Wellness Trust. Citing Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Oklahoma as examples of states with successful Wellness Trusts, the authors suggest that California seed the Trust with funds from soda taxes, and they lay out some basic principles for how to structure this new potential funding stream.

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  • KVPR: December 4, 2018

    Hanford's Brain Drain, Flu Shots, "Segregation By Design"

    KVPR’s Valley Edition program interviews Genoveva Islas of Cultiva La Salud about Safety Through Connection, a new Prevention Institute program designed to support community-based approaches to prevent intimate partner violence. Through the program, which is funded by the Blue Shield of California Foundation, five California collaboratives are receiving one-year planning and capacity-building grants to address the risk of intimate partner violence among low-wage workers, rural and tribal communities, immigrants, and other communities that face high rates of this type of violence. The interview about Safety Through Connection begins 32 minutes into the program.

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  • California Health Report: November 26, 2018

    New Initiative Encourages Community-Generated Efforts to Prevent Domestic Violence

    California Health Report features PI's Safety Through Connection initiative, designed to address domestic violence in CA. PI's Lisa Fujie Parks is quoted: “We want to expand the types and diversity of groups that are coming to the table and taking on this issue,” said Lisa Fujie Parks, associate program director of the Prevention Institute. “These are the people who are best positioned to lead a change process that’s by and for the community, and not something that’s imposed by an outside expert.”

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  • A Plus: November 5, 2018

    Why Movember's About So Much More Than Growing A Mustache

    In her article about the Movember Foundation's annual campaign to raise awareness for men's health issues, Anna Papachristos highlights PI and the Making Connections initiative: "The Movember Foundation partnered with the Prevention Institute to fund the Making Connections program, which impacts 14 different communities across the U.S. in a variety of ways. The initiative emphasizes community-led programs that underscore the importance of mental health and social connections, and their link with community well-being. While each site has designed and implemented very different projects, all are focused on building partnerships and implementing preventive, community-based strategies designed to improve the mental health and well-being of men and boys across the country."

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  • American Planning association: November 1, 2018

    Safety Beyond Barriers

    PI's Lisa Fujie Parks was interviewed and featured in the November 2018 issue of Planning Magazine. The article, 'Safety Beyond Barriers,' focuses on planning for safety, and Parks is quoted: "Built enviornment professionals should be focusoed on creating public spaces that reduce anziety, respond to real human needs, foster meaningfu social connections, and promote healing, peace, and unity."

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  • Community Development Innovation Review: October 5, 2018

    Catalyzing Community Action for Mental Health and Wellbeing

    PI's Sheila Savannah and Larissa Estes co-authored this article in the Mental Health and Community Development issue of Community Development Innovation Review, a publication of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. The article highlights the profound connections between poverty, place, and poor mental health, and presents opportunities for community development to play a role in mental health promotion.  

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