Prevention in Action: Featured Work

  • Five key underlying drivers of the opioid crisis

    In Larry Cohen’s article published in Oxford University Press Blog, he argues that our national approach to the opioid epidemic must address community trauma and support the growth of strong and resilient communities if we’re going to prevent addiction in the first place. The blog is his latest piece in a series inspired by his recent book, Prevention Diaries.

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  • Building mental health and wellbeing for men and boys

    In Thrive Global, Craig Martin, Global Director of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, and Sheila Savannah, director of mental health and wellbeing at PI, write about the important role that strong communities play in promoting mental health. In light of Mental Health Month, the piece highlights the Making Connections initiative, which uses community-level prevention strategies to imbue communities across the US with a sense of hope, trust, safety, belonging, dignity, and agency, and control of destiny.

     

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  • New Brief: Countering the Production of Health Inequities

    In this new brief, Countering the Production of Health Inequities: Ensuring the Opportunity for Health for All, Prevention Institute analyzes how various sectors such as housing, education, and economic development have contributed to inequities in health but also have important roles to play in achieving health equity. There is a role for every institution, sector, and system working together to achieve an equitable culture of health across the United States.

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  • If you want to talk health, you have to talk housing

    Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act into law. Despite some progress, segregation from opportunity and unequal access to quality, affordable housing persist today, and we need to do much more to ensure that every community is afforded equitable access to opportunity and a healthy way of life. That’s what’s happening in Buffalo, New York, where PUSH Buffalo has led efforts to increase community ownership of land, build affordable housing, and create green jobs. Watch this video to see how PUSH is improving health by taking on housing.

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  • 50 years after the Fair Housing Act many communities are still in need

    In this op-ed for The Hill, Dana Fields-Johnson of PI and Jessica Aiwuyor of the National Fair Housing Alliance call for reinforcing and reinvigorating efforts to reduce housing discrimination and residential segregation in America.

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  • PI's new list of recommendations for actions you can take to prevent gun violence

    On March 24th, students and families will rally in Washington, D.C. and across the country and globe to protest Congress’ inaction on gun violence.

    Today, Prevention Institute releases a new list of recommendations for preventing gun violence.

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  • New report and profiles: Adverse community experiences and resilience

    In a new report, PI addresses early questions that have emerged in practice and implementation of the Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience (ACE|R) Framework. Community efforts to operationalize the ACE|R Framework revealed opportunities to refine and clarify elements of the Framework and to expand its applicability across a diversity of communities and community concerns. PI has also just published six new profiles of communities implementing the Framework.

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  • Mental Health - A Path Forward

    Mental wellbeing has a tremendous impact on the lives of individuals, families, and communities.  Now is an opportune time for our nation to implement a comprehensive approach to mental health and wellbeing that incorporates community prevention as a complement to clinical care and long term recovery supports. Communities can forge a path forward by focusing on specific community conditions like housing, social networks, and trust, while intentionally embedding healing values like safety and trust.  

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  • Healthy Development without Displacement: Realizing the Vision of Healthy Communities for All

    Our report explores what people working on “healthy community” issues—like active transportation, parks, healthy food, planning, public health, healthcare, and more—can do in their own work to improve community conditions without contributing to gentrification and displacement.

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  • Promoting safe relationships through supportive, equitable community environments

    In California and across the country, there is greater recognition that where we live, work, and play not only shapes personal behavior, such as eating and physical activity, but also drives health outcomes such as diabetes and heart disease. Now, a new Prevention Institute (PI) report also draws the connection between community environments and health and safety in our intimate relationships. 

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  • What is community trauma, and how do we build resilience?

    Our report digs into the ways community trauma undermines health, and talks about how to build community and individual resilience.

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  • Prevention can help reduce medical high utilization

    For medical high utilizers, healthcare use and costs are significantly greater than for others in the population. Our report discusses ways that prevention can reduce the need for services currently faced by high utilizers.

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  • Our Prevention Fundamentals

    We draw upon and incorporate these deeply-held values and strategies in our work: community wisdom; norms that support equity, health, and safety; comprehensive action reflecting the Spectrum of Prevention; taking Two Steps to Prevention to the community determinants of health; multi-sector collaboration; shifting the narrative; local, state, and national policy change; organizational practice change.

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