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Prevention Institute E-Alert: October 18, 2016

Read our weekly media digests, commentary on current events, and more

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve revamped our website and launched a brand-new PI blog, a source for fresh content and commentary across our range of focus areas, from federal and California policy, land-use and planning, and healthy food and active spaces to mental health and wellbeing, violence prevention, and community resilience. 

Click through to read some recent blog posts: 

  • Our latest media digest: Each week, we compile a round-up of the latest public health-related news, with an eye toward media framing and language, particularly as they relate to the role of primary prevention. Our media digest for the week of October 7-14 covers the growing movement to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day, the continuing nationwide prisoner revolt against slave labor conditions, and a new report that shows shocking level of corporal punishment in U.S. schools.
  • PI co-edits Journal of Public Health Policy special issue on violence prevention: This JPHP special issue, co-edited by PI, was inspired by the United Nation’s (UN) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which, for the first time, recognized violence prevention as integral to global sustainable development.
  • Support for soda tax grows in advance of November initiatives: In November, voters in four cities will decide whether to tax soda and sugary drinks: San Francisco, Oakland, and Albany in California, and Boulder, Colorado. As local support for soda taxes swells, new research emerges from soda tax pioneers Berkeley and Mexico showing that these taxes can improve public health and equity. 
  • As Congress dithers and Zika spreads, prevention measures urgently needed: Chronic underfunding of public health means we tend to lurch from crisis to crisis, whether the threat comes from a virus like Ebola or Zika, or from other public health problems like gun violence and opioid abuse. 
  • Poor and inadequate police training plus systemic racism produce tragedy: Alfred Olango’s death does not stand alone, but rather is the latest in a long line of deaths of mentally ill people at the hands of police, a burden that falls most heavily on communities of color. 

Consider signing up using the RSS feed on the left side of the page, and encourage others to do the same! If you’re interested in sharing our content, please contact PI’s communications team at: communications@preventioninstitute.org.

We also hope you’ll explore our newly revamped website. The site has been completely redesigned to create intuitive pathways into our many focus areas, from health equity  and community-based approaches to mental health and wellbeing to our growing body of work addressing community trauma, fostering healthy development without displacement, and transforming our healthcare system through community-clinical partnerships

Ready to dive in? Here are a few places to start: 

- Explore our Publications library. 

- Discover innovative public health projects related to violence prevention underway in communities across the country. 

- Stay up to date with our latest media coverage, browse resources for reporters, and learn about upcoming events through our Newsroom.

- Learn more about our staff and advisory board, and check out job and internship opportunities

- Find the tools, frameworks, and action plans to translate your public health visions into practice by visiting our Tools section.

- Connect with our training and consultation team to develop more effective coalitions, engage community residents, design comprehensive strategies to advance public health, and build skills across a range of public health issues. 

- Check out our featured Prevention Publications

We’re committed to making our work accessible and meaningful to supporters like you. That’s why we want to hear what you think of the new site and how we can make improvements. Please feel free to drop us a line with your feedback at communications@preventioninstitute.org.

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