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In the First Place:
community prevention’s promise to advance health and equity
Communities across the globe are developing quality approaches to health based on a new way of thinking: one that examines the root causes of illness and injury. In the April issue of the international journal Environment &  Urbanization, Prevention Institute makes the case that community prevention is indeed a global concern. In the first place: community prevention’s promise to advance health and equity” lays out a comprehensive, easily accessible overview of prevention-based approaches to improving health, and stresses the importance of approaching health and equity as human rights priorities. The article provides real-world examples from cities across the world as part of the journal’s focus on Health and The City. “In the first place” draws on Prevention Institute’s signature tools and frameworks - presenting them in a 21st  century, global context - to showcase the ways in which health is influenced by the places where people live, work, play and learn:

Taking Two Steps to Prevention traces the pathway of illness and injury to community conditions, norms and root factors that cause poor health and inequality. The Two Steps approach helps in planning health strategy and contributing to safer, healthier, and more equitable communities.

The Spectrum of Prevention describes the elements of a comprehensive community prevention strategy, and shows how a multi-faceted prevention strategy can create synergy and build momentum for improving health.

Collaboration Multiplier offers a matrix for creating multi-disciplinary coalitions. It aids coalitions in more effectively identifying their strengths, targeting individual and joint needs, and applying skills - thereby multiplying collective accomplishments.

Visit our website for more information on these and other Prevention Institute tools that work to support strategies that keep people healthy in the first place.

Access the article here, as published in Environment & Urbanization. For a free copy of the manuscript, as originally submitted, click here.
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