The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is a network of more than 300 nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and professionals working together to advance the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) movement in the United States. Prevention Institute participates in monthly steering committee meetings, providing expertise on health equity and injury and violence prevention.
Injuries are not accidents—they are predictable and preventable. Unintentional injuries—including traffic-related injuries, falls, burns, poisonings, and drownings—are responsible for lost lives, decreased quality of life, and substantial healthcare costs. While injuries afflict everyone, people of color and low-income populations are particularly at risk. Comprehensive, integrated, quality strategies prevent unintentional injuries from occurring in the first place, keeping our communities safe and thriving.
Projects & Initiatives
PI works with a breadth of partners and communities to develop strategies and practices to keep people healthy and safe in the first place. Below is a selection of ongoing or recent projects.
Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Steering Committee Member
Walkable Community Workshops
Prevention Institute recognizes the link between unintentional injury prevention and physical activity promotion. Manal Aboelata, Managing Director at Prevention Institute, leads workshops to help community residents and leaders articulate barriers and facilitators of healthy, equitable built environments based on their own experience.
SafeTREC, the Safe Transportation and Research Education Center
As a key partner in the development of a Traffic Safety Center in the western United States, Prevention Institute was involved in designing an interdisciplinary approach that includes public health, engineering, city planning, law enforcement, optometry, and medicine to provide focused research, training, and practice in traffic safety.
Publications & Other Resources
We research and write reports, white papers, fact sheets, opinion pieces, and journal articles, as well as produce videos and podcasts. Here are some of our latest offerings.
Vision Zero: A Health Equity Road Map for Getting to Zero in Every Community
This brief offers recommendations for advancing health equity through Vision Zero, a growing movement among cities nationally and internationally to eliminate all traffic-related deaths and severe injuries within a designated time period.
Walk On: Strategies to Promote Walkable Communities
This brief explores the nuts and bolts of planning and Complete Streets policies and includes case studies on rural and urban communities that are making real strides to encourage walking.
The Transportation Prescription: Bold New Ideas for Healthy, Equitable Transportation Reform in America
This brief presents a compilation of research and recommendations written by advocates and academics in the fields of transportation, public health and equity.
Bridging the Gap: Bringing together Intentional and Unintentional Injury Prevention Efforts to Improve Health and Well Being
This paper delineates how intentional and unintentional injury prevention practitioners can more effectively collaborate to promote safer environments and further reduce incidence of injury.
Traffic Safety in Communities of Color
This paper, co-authored by Prevention Institute and U.C. Berkeley, highlights major traffic safety needs within specific communities of color, and concludes that ongoing data collection and analysis are necessary to provide a more complete picture of the issue.
Tools & Services
We have developed a broad range of practical, free-to-use tools to guide practitioners, advocates, and policymakers in planning and implementing prevention strategies. We also provide services to help you use our tools to create healthy and safe communities.
The Spectrum of Prevention
The Spectrum of Prevention is a systematic tool that promotes a multifaceted range of activities for effective prevention. The Spectrum identifies multiple levels of intervention and helps people move beyond the perception that prevention is merely education and serves as a framework for a more comprehensive understanding of prevention that includes six levels for strategy development.
Developing Effective Coalitions: An Eight Step Guide
The Eight Steps to Effective Coalition Building is a framework for engaging individuals, organizations and governmental partners invested in addressing community concerns. The complete document offers concrete steps towards building effective partnerships and provides tips for making collaborations and partnerships work.
Profiles in Action
These profiles, written by PI and our partners, show what community prevention looks like on the ground, all across the country.
Coalition to Prevent Childhood Lead Poisoning: Making Lead History in Western New York State - Monroe County, New York
Due to the tireless work of a broad based coalition, from 2000 - 2008, the number of lead poisoned children in Monroe County was reduced by 72% from 1,293 to 363. Monroe County is well on the way to becoming one of the first and few communities in the nation to eliminate lead hazard.
Get Moving Kern and Greenfield Walking Group: Bakersfield, California
A parent-led walking group serves as the resident task force to the Get Moving Kern coalition and is reversing barriers to healthy eating and safe walking in their rural, predominantly Latino community of Kern County, California.
Senior Injury Prevention Partnership (SIPP): Alameda County, California
In Alameda County, California, The Senior Injury Prevention Partnership (SIPP) promotes a multi-factorial fall-prevention program that includes: physical activity, home safety, education, and medication management. By bringing physical activity programs to seniors (rather than the other way around), SIPP increases the likelihood of participation and helps make the healthy choice the easy choice.