Re-designing the Man Box: Converting Toxic Masculinity to Healthy Masculinities

PI's Ruben Cantu interviews Cody Ragonese, Gender, Health, and Masculinities Consultant from Promundo-US about Promundo’s new report, "Masculine Norms and Men’s Health: Making the Connections." They discuss healthy masculinities, and how men and communities are harmed by universal societal norms, attitudes, and behaviors that the report describes as a 'man box.' What would a re-designed man box look like? Listen to find out.

Making Connections: Exploring Healthy Masculinities with Community Leaders (pt 2)

Charles Corprew from What's Your Revolution returns for the second part of this two-part podcast to interview members of Prevention Institute’s Making Connections, an initiative that creates partnerships between community organizations in 14 sites across the country to promote the mental health and wellbeing of men and boys. In this episode he continues the conversation about healthy masculinities with community leaders from Kokua Kalihi Valley, HI, Tacoma, WA, and Boston, MA, who talk about the importance of mentorship, food justice, and community.

Making Connections: Exploring Healthy Masculinities with Community Leaders (pt 1)

In part one of this two-part podcast, Charles Corprew from What's Your Revolution talks with members of Prevention Institute’s Making Connections, an initiative that creates partnerships between community organizations in 14 sites across the country to promote the mental health and wellbeing of men and boys. In this episode he explores healthy masculinities with community leaders from Canton, CT, New Orleans, LA, and Albuquerque, NM who share how vulnerability, art, and self-care play big parts in the work that they do.

Safety Through Connection: Interviews with Community Leaders

Prevention Institute’s Andrea Buffa interviews leaders from five communities about why their collaboratives, focused on health and equity, are now developing community-driven approaches to prevent partner violence. Hear from Cultiva La Salud (at 1:17), Department of Violence Prevention Steering Committee in Oakland (at 7:11), The Center at McKinleyville (at 10:46), LA Worker Center Network (at 13:09), and East African Men and Boys Collaborative (at 16:41).

How Communities Can Prevent Gun Violence

Prevention Institute’s Lisa Fujie Parks and Alisha Somji discuss their experiences working with cities to prevent violence. They emphasize that despite the magnitude of gun violence in the United States, communities can and are using a public health approach to prevent gun violence. PI works with communities throughout the country that are reducing gun violence through upstream prevention approaches that go beyond federal policy. Learn more about PI’s recommendations on how to prevent gun violence here: www.preventioninstitute.org/focus-areas…ce-advocacy This work is made possible by the Langeloth Foundation.

Moving Upstream - Ruben Cantu talks about community trauma

Prevention Institute’s Ruben Cantu discusses what solutions to the opioid epidemic might look like if they took community trauma and resilience into account. He also applies a community trauma lens the issue of immigrant families being separated at the US border.

If you want to talk health, you have to talk income & wealth

Community Farm Alliance supports farmers and farming communities in Kentucky by working at multiple levels—from local farmers markets to the state legislature—to help farmers generate more income, boost the local economy, and increase access to healthy, affordable food. By taking on issues of income and wealth, Community Farm Alliance makes it possible for farmers and neighboring communities to lead healthier lives.

If you want to talk health, you have to talk social connection.

The loss of five young East African men to suicide in a San Diego neighborhood spurred the community to take action. The United Women of East Africa Support Team (UWEAST) and its partners created a safe space where young men, many of them immigrants and refugees, can be themselves, connect with peers, and get the support they need to live healthy lives. At a time when diseases of despair like suicide and substance misuse are on the rise, community-led efforts like the UWEAST Making Connections Hub show how we can turn the tide.

Charles Clayton Daniels Jr., Fathers Uplift

Charles Clayton Daniels Jr., CEO and founder of Fathers Uplift, talks about the the key roles that fathers play in their children's lives. He highlights what we can do to reduce barriers that prevent fathers from being fully engaged in their children's lives, from cultural norms that discourage men from expressing a full range of emotions to systemic hurdles like the lack of affordable housing for single fathers.

If you want to talk health, you have to talk housing

Healthy and affordable housing is critical to ensuring that communities thrive. Watch this video to see how PUSH Buffalo in New York is improving health by taking on housing.