• Media Entertainment Arts Worldwide (MEAWW): June 11, 2019

    Arming teachers to protect students is 'risky' and 'misguided', warn experts after Texas governor signs school safety bill into law

    In response to the Santa Fe High School shooting of 2018, two weeks ago Texas governor Greg Abbott signed a "school safety bill" into law. The law is meant to intensify school security, and one of its measures allows "as many armed teachers in schools and classrooms as local officials see fit." In this article in MEAWW, Priyam Chhetri explores the repurcussions of the law, citing PI's Alisha Somji:  "To actually prevent these incidents and put a stop to youth gun violence, they need to dig much deeper, Putting guns in the hands of teachers does not align with our approach. In taking a...

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  • Medium: May 29, 2019

    Redlining and Mental Health: Connecting the Dots Across Poverty, Place, and Exclusion

    In this Medium article by Laura Choi of the SF Federal Reserve, Choi writes about how historical policies like redlining have frayed social connections and other social determinants that protect against poverty and support mental health. She writes, "community development efforts can be designed to strengthen the mental health and well-being of the populations it serves," linking to PI's work on the pillars of wellbeing.

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  • Chiming In: May 28, 2019

    How a bike exchange in Honolulu supports community mental health

    This piece by PI's Christine Williams and Wil Crary, featured in Mental Health America's blog, describes how KVIBE, an instructional bike exchange in Honolulu, supports the mental health and wellbeing of men and boys by addressing community needs like social cohesion, a sense of belonging, and physical activity.

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  • The Post: May 22, 2019

    Family Service Center of Galveston County Receives Grant

    The Hogg Foundation announces that it will fund a five-year, $11.5 million initiative that supports collaborative approaches to wellbeing in the greater Houston Metropolitan Area, with a focus on children and youth of color and their families. Its goal is to strengthen efforts to transform the environments where people live, learn, work, play, and pray to support resilience, mental health, and wellbeing. Prevention Institute will coordinate the initiative.

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  • Houston Chronicle: May 13, 2019

    Hogg Foundation awards mental health grants

    This article describes the Communities of Care initiative, a five-year, $11.5 million initiative that supports collaborative approaches to wellbeing in the greater Houston Metropolitan Area, with a focus on children and youth of color and their families. Its goal is to strengthen efforts to transform the environments where people live, learn, work, play, and pray to support resilience, mental health, and wellbeing. Communities of Care is funded by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. Prevention Institute coordinates the initiative,

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  • Health Promotion Practice Journal: May 12, 2019

    A System of Prevention: Applying a Systems Approach to Public Health

    Among public health and health care practitioners, there is growing understanding that individuals make choices about their health not in a vacuum but based on the social, physical, and economic environments surrounding them and the resources available to them. Furthermore, we know that as a society, we have designed these environments and resource allocation processes and that those in turn can produce better or worse health outcomes. In recognition of this, some practitioners are turning toward systems thinking as a way of understanding the many sectors and factors that influence health, and as a strategy for influencing broad and sustained health interventions. In this commentary, PI's Juliet Sims and Manal J. Aboelata, describe Prevention Institute’s framework for a systems approach to population health that can achieve health equity.

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  • Public Health Law News: May 1, 2019

    Profile in Public Health Law: Elva Yañez

    Prevention Institute's Director of Health Equity, Elva Yañez, talks with the CDC's Public Health Law News about the importance of parks for health and wellbeing, and how communities can achieve park equity. She says, "PI’s approach to improving park access reflects our belief that equitable community transformation comes from investing in and building community-based capacity, leadership, and organizational infrastructure required for policy, systems, and environmental change."

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  • Kent Reporter: April 26, 2019

    What latest numbers show about firearm homicide in King County

    This piece in Kent Reporter analyzes the data behind gun violence in King County, and points to Prevention Institute's ACE|R report as a resource for understanding how gun violence creates trauma for entire communities.  "Prevention Institute’s report Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience poignantly describes the ways structural violence and exposure to trauma can harm communities by breaking down social networks and relationships, interfering with basic needs, and damaging individual and community resilience. They present a framework for understanding, addressing and preventing community trauma that is being used in programs in King County."

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  • Belleville-News Democrat: April 24, 2019

    You’re 19 times more likely to be murdered in East St. Louis than any other U.S. city

    Belleville News-Democrat reports on East St. Louis, which has the highest murder rate in the country. "Unlike the violence found in other cities, murders here don’t appear to be related to drugs or gangs, but are more random. This makes them harder to solve because investigators can’t rely on informants to divulge the motives and possible suspects for the killings." PI's Rachel Davis is quoted: "The same kind of conditions that increase the likelihood of violence, like unsafe housing, failing schools, and lack of economic opportunity, also contribute to community trauma."

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