Please join Prevention Institute at the 2021 American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting from October 24–28. This year’s theme is Creating the Healthiest Nation: Strengthening Social Connectedness. 

NOTE: All sessions are listed below in Pacific Time because Prevention Institute is headquartered in California. On the APHA website, sessions are listed in Mountain Time. Prevention Institute presenters are participating virtually.  

Sunday, October 24

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM PT 

Lisa Fujie Parks will moderate this session that will highlight local and national efforts to build socially connected communities that are not only healing and preventing violence, but also nurturing thriving individuals, families, neighborhoods and communities. 


1:24 PM - 1:36 PM PT 


Monday, October 25

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM PT 

Ruben Cantu will present on a new report co-created with Healthy Places by Design and other partner organizations and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that offers five recommendations for rooting out systemic injustices that lead to social isolation—starting with housing, transportation, and public spaces. The session will highlight the importance of social wellbeing; share findings and recommendations from the report; and identify solutions that have a broad, structural impact. 


3:00 PM - 4:30 PM PT 

  • Denver 2021 Day of Action, Public Health for Public Safety 

Join us during the 2021 APHA annual meeting to learn more about the amazing work underway to advance justice, equity, health, and safety in Denver communities. Together, we will virtually tour parts of downtown Denver to observe and discuss these determinants and the consequences of racism and public safety inequities in Denver, as well as hear from the community leaders and programs that are successfully working towards solutions. Co-Sponsored by Prevention Institute, APHA Community Health Planning and Policy Development Section, Denver Public Health for Public Safety Collaborative, and Colorado Public Health Association. Register here. 


3:30 PM - 3:45 PM PT 

Ruben Cantu will share findings from a recent cooperative agreement with the CDC which offered training and tools for local government and their communities to promote connectedness and other factors for preventing adverse childhood experience (ACEs) and suicide.  

Tuesday, October 26

9:55 AM - 10:10 AM PT 

PI board member Lisa Cacari Stone will share learnings from the Equity in Policy Institute on strengthening the use, translation and dissemination of academic and community evidence to democratize knowledge for policy change and achieving racial justice.  


1:30 PM - 1:45 PM PT 

Rachel Bennett will provide an overview of “People, Parks, and Power,” a new national initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, managed by Prevention Institute, that seeks to advance park equity, health equity, and racial justice. 


Wil Crary and our partners from United Women of East Africa Support Team will lead a discussion and share examples from local, state, and national initiatives using a public health approach to engage and empower youth as part of the solution to prevent violence.