Prevention Institute has deep roots in California, with offices in Oakland and Los Angeles. We collaborate with partners up and down the state, weaving together our core organizational focus areas to advance a shared vision of a healthier, safer and more equitable California. In our experience, strategies that take root here often point the way towards effective approaches to advancing community health nationwide. By building a multi-sector network of prevention partners, we work to capture learnings from one community, health condition, or issue to ensure that successful methods and models for transformation are understood and implemented broadly. Our projects span from consultation with local collaboratives, foundations, and health departments to embed prevention into community initiatives to state-level research and advocacy to ensure health is central to California policy decisions.  

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.

  • Advancing a System of Prevention to Achieve Health Equity

    We have an opportunity to take transformational steps to improve our health system—from one that emphasizes sick care to one that focuses on keeping people healthy in the first place, and addresses inequities in health and safety.

  • Healthy, Equitable, Active Land Use Network

    HEALU was formed in response to structural barriers to equity in Los Angeles’ land use arena, and in an effort to strategically and collaboratively promote systems change. HEALU augments the role of health in the land use sphere through training, capacity building, convening and proactively advancing key strategies to ensure a healthier, more equitable land use system.

  • LA County Office of Violence Prevention

    On behalf of the LA County Department of Public Health, PI developed recommendations for a proposed LA County Office of Violence Prevention. PI held listening sessions with community-based organizations and faith-based groups, and conducted interviews with subject matter experts, including service providers and survivors of multiple forms of violence. In November, PI assisted the Department of Public Health in crafting preliminary recommendations that were presented to the Board of Supervisors.


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.

  • Water Equity

    Our approach to water equity connects a range of environmental and social issues whose challenges and solutions are interwoven, from drinking water quality and stormwater management to urban greening and fiscal equity.  It also recognizes the full spectrum of disparate environmental conditions that negatively impact the health of low-income communities of color—including air, soil and water pollution and disparities in natural and recreational amenities—and considers how system-level solutions may address or compound inequities.

  • Safety in All Policies: Multi-Sector Actions for a Safer California

    Prevention Institute developed a Safety in All Policies framework and actionable recommendations to advance community safety and violence prevention in California through a multi-sector public health approach. This work builds on the growing base of research and practice evidence and growing attention to Health in All Policies.

  • A Healthy Future for California

    We have a vision for a healthy, safe and equitable California. Watch this two-minute video to learn more about our policy platform, and how you can get involved. 

Profiles in Action

These profiles, written by PI and our partners, show what community prevention looks like on the ground, all across the country.

  • Profiles in Prevention: Los Angeles County

    Learn more about Los Angeles County's work to improve community safety, incorporate health into the city of Los Angeles' general plan, improve breastfeeding outcomes, adopt healthy food procurement standards, and partner with local restaurants to promote healthier food.

  • ENACT Day 2016 Video

    Watch our video chronicling our annual advocacy day in Sacramento where residents from across the state share a powerful message with legislators about why health, safety, and equity policy matters to their community.


  • Antelope Valley Partners for Health

    In October 2015, PI conducted a workshop during Antelope Valley Partners for Health (AVPH) Fall Wellness Summit with approximately 270 representatives from local government, schools, community-based organizations, faith-based groups, and local businesses from the Antelope Valley.