The circumstances of where and how you are born, grow up, live, work and grow old shape your health. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's issue brief, Exploring the Social Determinates of Health-Violence, Social Disadvantage and Health, documents the way in which the environments we live in work to influence our learning of violence. The article highlights the Prevention Institute's UNITY Policy Platform as an example of a promising strategy to prevent violence by addressing the social factors that make some communities more susceptible to violence than others. Also highlighted is Prevention Institute's work around addressing the links between strategies for violence prevention and the promotion of healthy eating and active living.
To learn more, read the UNITY Fact Sheet on violence and lack of safety as a health equity issue, "Links Between Violence and Health Equity" and "Addressing the Intersection: Preventing Violence and Promoting Healthy Eating and Active Living."