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UNITY E-Alert: February 29, 2016

Public Health Strategies for Reducing Risk, Increasing Resilience

We know that youth violence is more likely to occur when complex environmental factors— like poverty, structural racism, and access to alcohol, drugs, and weapons—coincide. Conversely, protective elements, such as community connections and out-of-school activities, boost community resilience and help prevent violence. How can we simultaneously reduce the risk factors for violence while increasing the resilience factors?

The public health approach to preventing violence offers a strategy that involves community and multi-sector collaboration to strengthen the factors that protect and support communities, families, and young people, and reduce factors that threaten their well-being. Join us for this web conference, funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, where we will make the case for strategies that promote resilience and reduce the risk of violence.

The National Landscape: Public Health Strategies for Effectively Preventing Violence
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
11:00am-12:30pm PT / 2:00pm-3:30pm ET
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The webinar will feature commentary from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Neil Rainford and Reshma Mahendra. Speakers will provide an overview of the public health approach to preventing violence, and explore the ways in which this approach leads to better partnerships and, in turn, better outcomes. PI and CDC tools and resources for preventing violence will also be discussed.

Moderator: Jamecca Marshall, Program Manager, Prevention Institute


Neil Rainford, MHS, Team Lead/Public Health Advisor, Division of Violence Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Reshma Mahendra, MPH, Public Health Advisor, Division of Violence Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Preventing Community Trauma and Building Resilience

PI’s new report, featured in USA Today and California Healthline, offers a groundbreaking framework to heal and prevent trauma at a community level, using strategies elicited from those living in the most affected areas.

PI and CDC Connect the Dots on Preventing Violence

Co-developed by PI and CDC, this publication builds a case for practitioners to coordinate their efforts, increase their impact, and work toward preventing multiple forms of violence at once.

Linking Community Violence Prevention and Early Childhood Development

Prevention Institute (PI) and the Center for the Study of Social Policy are working to advance policies that improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families by strengthening communities and making them safer. UNITY City Network representatives will join PI in Oakland in mid-April to focus on this intersection.  

A Multi-Sector Approach to Preventing Violence

Preventing violence means engaging many sectors. Whether you’re just getting started or have already formed a strong coalition, check out our comprehensive guidebook that details the roles of multiple sectors in preventing violence and informs effective collaboration.

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