Prevention Institute: Partnering to achieve thriving, equitable communities

This video tells the story of Prevention Institute’s equity-driven, upstream, community-level approach to public health. It focuses on two communities we collaborated with that brought together community members, government agencies, grassroots nonprofits, and health organizations to improve the community conditions that shape health. In Honolulu, through the Making Connections initiative, a community health center and its partners are helping boys of color heal and thrive by incorporating the community’s rich cultural traditions into leadership training and multi-generational mentoring at a local bicycle exchange. In Milwaukee, the Office of Violence Prevention developed the Milwaukee Blueprint for Peace, a comprehensive violence-prevention plan that’s coincided with a three-year decline in Milwaukee homicides and non-fatal shootings. This video was made possible with support from The Kresge Foundation, The Movember Foundation, and others.

How communities working on mental health for men and boys build and sustain momentum

What Medellín can teach use about healthy and equitable land use

PI’s deputy executive director, Manal J. Aboelata, talks about her recent trip to Medellín, Colombia to learn about their innovative improvements to the city’s infrastructure. She explains how this city that was not long ago called “one of the most dangerous cities on earth” has transformed itself through public health investments, and what we in the United States can learn from its example.

Community organizing to prevent violence

Prevention Institute’s Lisa Fujie Parks interviews Reggie Moore, Director of the Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention. Listen to Reggie describe how the Milwaukee Blueprint for Peace was created with leadership from communities most directly impacted by violence (5:00), and learn why and how it addresses the structural roots of violence (8:55). Hear about community-driven efforts like “We Got This!” that are transforming neighborhoods and the growing movement behind the Blueprint (25:26). Reggie shares powerful stories of devastating loss, triumphant healing, and collective action (17:28). He also speaks passionately about the role of government in supporting community leadership, why a culture shift is needed in government from passivity to responsiveness, and what that looks like in practice (29:54). This work is made possible by the Langeloth Foundation.

East San Jose PEACE Partnership

The East San Jose PEACE (Prevention Efforts Advance Community Equity) Partnership is a group of residents and organizations working together to build a healthy, peaceful, and empowered community in East San Jose. We’re using our community’s strengths—community pride, diversity, creativity, and a rich history of community activism, among others—to counteract the conditions that have led to a high level of community violence and trauma in East San Jose. Will you join us? Learn more at esjpeace.org.

Land Use, Gentrification, And Health

Prevention Institute’s Sarah Mittermaier and Rachel Bennett discuss how decisions about land use (development, gentrification, ownership, etc.) impact health, and what role public health can play in healthy development without displacement. To learn more about displacement and health, check out PI’s latest paper here: https://www.preventioninstitute.org/publications/healthy-development-wit.... Learn more about our Healthy Equitable Active Land Use summit series here: https://www.preventioninstitute.org/equity-through-line-four-part-summit...

 

Why We Need Park Equity

Prevention Institute’s Elva Yañez discusses why some communities have more access to green spaces and parks than others, and what Los Angeles has done to improve park equity. To learn more about park equity, visit www.preventioninstitute.org/projects/park-equity.

Re-designing the Man Box: Converting Toxic Masculinity to Healthy Masculinities

PI's Ruben Cantu interviews Cody Ragonese, Gender, Health, and Masculinities Consultant from Promundo-US about Promundo’s new report, "Masculine Norms and Men’s Health: Making the Connections." They discuss healthy masculinities, and how men and communities are harmed by universal societal norms, attitudes, and behaviors that the report describes as a 'man box.' What would a re-designed man box look like? Listen to find out.

Making Connections: Exploring Healthy Masculinities with Community Leaders (pt 2)

Charles Corprew from What's Your Revolution returns for the second part of this two-part podcast to interview members of Prevention Institute’s Making Connections, an initiative that creates partnerships between community organizations in 14 sites across the country to promote the mental health and wellbeing of men and boys. In this episode he continues the conversation about healthy masculinities with community leaders from Kokua Kalihi Valley, HI, Tacoma, WA, and Boston, MA, who talk about the importance of mentorship, food justice, and community.

Making Connections: Exploring Healthy Masculinities with Community Leaders (pt 1)

In part one of this two-part podcast, Charles Corprew from What's Your Revolution talks with members of Prevention Institute’s Making Connections, an initiative that creates partnerships between community organizations in 14 sites across the country to promote the mental health and wellbeing of men and boys. In this episode he explores healthy masculinities with community leaders from Canton, CT, New Orleans, LA, and Albuquerque, NM who share how vulnerability, art, and self-care play big parts in the work that they do.