• California Health Report: September 25, 2018

    South Los Angeles Looks to End Cycle of Violence By Addressing Trauma

    In California Health Report, Claudia Boyd-Barrett writes about the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's new  Community Healing and Trauma Prevention Center, "designed to be a therapeutic gathering spot where community members will have access to counseling, support groups, healing-focused workshops and exercise classes." The Center came from a three-year, county-led Trauma Prevention Initiative, and it aims to address the high rate of homicide and violence in South Los Angeles. PI's Rachel Davis and Lisa Fujie Parks are quoted.

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  • The Toronto Observer: September 18, 2018

    The painful lessons of a violent summer

    Jessica Lam of the Toronto Observer writes that Toronto Police Service Crime Statistics show an increase in shootings in the last year. She suggests the city consider approaches like those outlined in Prevention Institute's gun violence recommendations as a way to prevent future deaths and gun related-injuries.

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  • STAT News: August 2, 2018

    How we turned the idea of community-centered health into reality

    In STAT News, Andrea Caracostis and Jo Carcedo describe how the HOPE clinic, a community centered health home (CCHH) in Houston, is collaborating with nail salon workers across the Houston area to improve working conditions and protect them from chronic pain and exosure to toxic chemicals. The authors credit PI with the intial development of the CCHH model, which encourages health clinics to address living and working conditions outside of clinic walls that affect patients' health.

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  • WOSU Radio: July 27, 2018

    Cleveland Communities Grapple With Trauma From Gun Violence Spike

    PI is featured in this Cleveland radio story and news story on how communities are coping with trauma from gun violence:

    “The Prevention Institute, a policy think tank based in California, is also advocating for a public health focus to gun violence. It developed a process to address the problem by empowering the people who live in the embattled area.

    The action plans developed by this group are being embraced in Cleveland by Metro Heath Hospital system. Hospital officials say they are working with African-American pastors from several churches. This fall they hope to roll out a plan to focus on community trauma from gun violence in Cleveland neighborhoods.”

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  • Compton Herald: July 19, 2018

    L.A. Supervisors add safe, clean water to November 2018 ballot

    The Comptonn Herald writes - The LA County Board of Supervisors approved adding a parcel tax to the November 2018 ballot to fund clean water infrastructure projects that would most benefit vulnerable communities. The piece cites PI's latest report on water, and Manal Aboelata's testimony in favor of the measure.

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  • KPCC: July 17, 2018

    LA County voters to decide on new stormwater tax in November

    Sharon McNary of KPCC covers the LA County Board of Supervisors' vote on Tuesday for a land tax to fund projects that catch, clean, and reuse stormwater. If the LA County Flood Control District agrees, property owners would be taxed 2.5 cents for every square foot of land shedding water. In the audio, McNary features PI's Manal Aboelata, who explains how the proceeds from the tax would benefit the most vulnerable communities in LA.

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  • Davis Enterprise: July 6, 2018

    Communities — not the soda industry — should decide what’s best for their own health

    In the Davis Enterprise, PI's Juliet Sims covers the recent soda tax ban, and details how it threatens Californians' health and jeopardizes the policy making process more generally. "Assembly Bill 1838, which was foisted on lawmakers by the American Beverage Association, is a terrible blow to our state’s public health. There’s something very wrong when multinational corporations working behind closed doors can stop California communities from protecting the health of their own residents."

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  • New York Magazine: July 2, 2018

    California Bans New Local Soda Taxes Until 2031

    Ed Kilgore covers the recent soda tax ban that will be in effect in California until 2018. He cite's Larry Cohen's op-ed in The Hill as a piece that acknowledges the dangers of preemption, and the possibility that the beverage industry will now use similar tactics nationally to reduce local soda taxes. Kilgore further extrapolates about the likelihood of other industries taking inspiration from the soda industry to use preemption to their benefit.

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  • The Hill: July 1, 2018

    California just banned soda tax — it should set off alarm bells everywhere

    Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that would block California cities and counties from passing new taxes on soda and other sugary drinks until the end of 2030. In an op-ed in The Hill that ran on Sunday, PI Founder Larry Cohen wrote an Op-Ed in the hill using parallels between big soda and big tobacco's legislative tactics to stymie local control to illustrate how this act of preemption is corrosive for communities trying to enact soda taxes, and for public health gains at large, 

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  • Cleveland.com: June 29, 2018

    MetroHealth launches initiative with churches to address community trauma

    Ginger Christ covers the MetroHealth System in Cleveland, OH, a hospital system that has developed a trauma-informed training center. He quotes PI's Ruben Cantu, who defines trauma as " 'the way chronic adversity manifests in a community.' Adversity might be poverty, lack of investment, high rates of violence, etc. 'By changing the environment and factors that impact health and safety, we can start to build resilience. Healing is really important and strategies must begin with healing to move a community that's been harmed to a place where they can address broader, harmful systemic issues...

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