Prevention Institute has trained thousands of professionals and practitioners in cutting-edge prevention research and practice. Our trainings are tailored for each community and for specific audiences. We work with the host organization to identify goals and objectives and to facilitate interactive training sessions that cultivate a shared direction and build skills among participants.
Prevention Institute’s interactive presentations build excitement about the potential of primary prevention to save lives, reduce incidence of disease, violence, and injury, promote equity, and reduce costs. Using facilitation, powerful images and examples, our presentations demonstrate how multifaceted approaches are essential for addressing complex health problems.
Below is a list of some of our trainings:
Creating a Healthy, Equitable Land Use System: HEALU 101
A zip code shouldn’t determine the state of someone’s health. But a community rife with alcohol outlets, vacant lots, and dilapidated buildings is inherently less healthy than a community filled with safe parks, grocery stores, playgrounds, and bike paths. And while a zip code is just a number, the land use decisions made within that space—like what projects get built and where, whose voices shape the process, and what supports are in place to ensure that existing residents benefit from new investments—directly impact the health of a community. This training goes beyond the basics of land use and health to explore how current and historic policies, practices, and norms shape community conditions, and how land use related policies and strategies can support rather than undermine health equity.
Tool for Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments (THRIVE)
PI developed and piloted a groundbreaking community resilience assessment tool for the US Office of Minority Health. The Tool for Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments (THRIVE) helps communities understand how structural drivers, such as racism, unfold at the local level. Since PI introduced THRIVE in 2002, communities and organizations across the country have used it to assess and take action on the community determinants of health and health equity.
Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience (ACER)
ACER is a framework for addressing and preventing community trauma. It provides a basis for understanding how community trauma undermines both individual and community resilience, especially in communities highly impacted by violence, and what can be done about it. This framework was developed based on interviews with practitioners in communities with high rates of violence, the report outlines specific strategies to address and prevent community trauma—and foster resilience—using techniques from those living in affected areas.
Collaboration Multiplier is a framework designed to guide an organization to understand which partners it needs and how to engage them. It is also designed for organizations that already work together, so they can identify activities to achieve a common goal, identify missing sectors that can contribute to a solution, delineate partner perspectives and contributions, and leverage expertise and resources. Using Collaboration Multiplier can help lay the foundation for shared understanding and common ground across all partners.
System of Prevention
PI developed the System of Prevention framework to help locales, states, and regions apply systems thinking to the development of prevention and health equity initiatives. We believe that a systems approach—one that addresses the interrelationships of multiple factors—may create some of the biggest opportunities to achieve health, safety, and wellbeing, and reduce health inequities—because systems that are currently producing poor health outcomes and health inequities can be redesigned to produce health, safety, and equity.