Injuries are not accidents—they are predictable and preventable. Unintentional injuries—including traffic-related injuries, falls, burns, poisonings, and drownings—are responsible for lost lives, decreased quality of life, and substantial healthcare costs. While injuries afflict everyone, people of color and low-income populations are particularly at risk. Comprehensive, integrated, quality strategies prevent unintentional injuries from occurring in the first place, keeping our communities safe and thriving.

Projects & Initiatives

PI works with a breadth of partners and communities to develop strategies and practices to keep people healthy and safe in the first place. Below is a selection of ongoing or recent projects.

  • Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Steering Committee Member

    The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is a network of more than 300 nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and professionals working together to advance the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) movement in the United States. Prevention Institute participates in monthly steering committee meetings, providing expertise on health equity and injury and violence prevention.

  • Walkable Community Workshops

    Prevention Institute recognizes the link between unintentional injury prevention and physical activity promotion. Manal Aboelata, Managing Director at Prevention Institute, leads workshops to help community residents and leaders articulate barriers and facilitators of healthy, equitable built environments based on their own experience.

  • SafeTREC, the Safe Transportation and Research Education Center

    As a key partner in the development of a Traffic Safety Center in the western United States, Prevention Institute was involved in designing an interdisciplinary approach that includes public health, engineering, city planning, law enforcement, optometry, and medicine to provide focused research, training, and practice in traffic safety.

Publications

We research and write reports, white papers, fact sheets, opinion pieces, and journal articles, as well as produce videos and podcasts. Here are some of our latest offerings.

Tools & Services

We have developed a broad range of practical, free-to-use tools to guide practitioners, advocates, and policymakers in planning and implementing  prevention strategies. We also provide services to help you use our tools to create healthy and safe communities.

  • The Spectrum of Prevention

    The Spectrum of Prevention is a systematic tool that promotes a multifaceted range of activities for effective prevention. The Spectrum identifies multiple levels of intervention and helps people move beyond the perception that prevention is merely education and serves as a framework for a more comprehensive understanding of prevention that includes six levels for strategy development.

  • Developing Effective Coalitions: An Eight Step Guide

    The Eight Steps to Effective Coalition Building is a framework for engaging individuals, organizations and governmental partners invested in addressing community concerns. The complete document offers concrete steps towards building effective partnerships and provides tips for making collaborations and partnerships work.

Profiles in Action

These profiles, written by PI and our partners, show what community prevention looks like on the ground, all across the country.