• EPA funding is vital to preserving public health

    April 19, 2017

    As Earth Day approaches, Prevention Institute founder Larry Cohen emphasizes that we must protect the environment to preserve public health:

    “There is no question that the health of our environment is tied to the health of our people. Climate change threatens to increase deadly weather...

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  • Mourning with Oakland

    December 5, 2016


    We watched with horror and deep sadness this weekend as news emerged about the deadly warehouse fire at an Oakland artists’ collective a few miles from our main office.  Our heartfelt support and condolences go out to the victims, their loved ones, and the Oakland community as a whole....

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  • Making Connections sites across the US host community events this Veterans Day to support vets, their families

    November 10, 2016

    As Veterans Day approaches, we’re highlighting the work of the national Making Connections for Mental Health and Wellbeing Among Men and Boys initiative, which includes veterans among its populations of focus. Military members and veterans don’t just experience war, loss, injuries, and fear during service. Their social connections are disrupted when they are deployed, and again when they are discharged home. They return to communities where most people are not able to relate to their experiences, and they experience trauma-related symptoms at a disproportionate rate. 

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  • El Cajon shooting: A joint message from United Women of East Africa and Prevention Institute

    September 30, 2016

    We are deeply saddened by the news that Alfred Olango, a Ugandan native living in El Cajon, Calif., was shot dead by police following a call from his sister asking for assistance with a mental health crisis. Olango's death does not stand alone, but rather is the latest in a long line of deaths of mentally ill people at the hands of police, a burden that falls most heavily on communities of color. 

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  • New project aims to support public health departments in advancing health equity

    August 10, 2016

    The National Collaborative for Health Equity, Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, and Prevention Institute announced the launch of a new project to examine the potential for public health departments to actively pursue racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic equity in health, as well as in the systems and conditions that produce health.

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  • Statement on tobacco control advances in CA and at federal level

    May 5, 2016

    PI's Larry Cohen issued a statement on two major developments in tobacco control this week -- the FDA's move to regulate e-cigarettes and other tobacco products, and CA Governor Jerry Brown signing a set of tobacco-control bills into law to regulate e-cigarettes, expand smoke-free workplace protections, and raise the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21.

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  • PI applauds Surgeon General's call to action on walkability

    September 10, 2015

    PI applauds the Surgeon General's leadership and vision on walkability, showing that regular physical activity can help prevent or manage chronic disease, boost quality of life,  connect community members to one another and neighborhood resources, and close gaps in health and safety.

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  • PI Supports San Francisco, Davis Officials' Actions on Beverage Marketing

    June 11, 2015

    PI applauds the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for voting to require warning labels on soda advertisements, ban soda advertisements on city property, and bar the city from spending money on soda, and the Davis City Council for approving an ordinance making milk and water the default beverage options for kids’ meals.

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  • Join us for ENACT Day 2015!

    May 4, 2015

    On Wednesday, May 6th, advocates from across the state will converge at the Capitol for ENACT Day 2015. ENACT Day is a prime opportunity for community coalitions, grassroots organizers, and advocates to develop policy advocacy skills.

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  • Joint Letter Praises California Department of Public Health for Campaign Against E-Cigarettes

    April 25, 2015

    PI's Larry Cohen and ten other California public health and health equity leaders sent a strong letter of support to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for its campaign against e-cigarettes. This letter came together quickly and the small group of signatories represents many of our colleagues and community members across the state who equally appreciate the effort of CDPH.

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