• California Health Report: May 7, 2020

    Opinion: Society Designed the Systems That Created COVID-19 Inequalities — We Can Redesign Them

    In their op-ed in California Health Report, Chrissie Juliano and PI's Rachel A. Davis applaud legislation introduced by California Senator Kamala Harris and Congresswoman Robin Kelly of Illinois to address the root of the reasons COVID-19 is taking a heavier toll on low-income communities and communities of color. They champion a system-level transformation of community conditions that we can redesign through policy and advocacy. "The data tell us that the systems that shape lives and determine the opportunity to be healthy — from housing and transportation to education and economic...

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  • Healthy Living, Healthy Planet Radio: May 4, 2020

    Podcast: Sustainable Communities

    PI's Manal J. Aboelata joined Amanda Eaken and Jason Babbie from NRDC for a conversation on Healthy Living, Healthy Planet Radio about how we can sustain healthy and resilient communities during COVID-19. Listen to Episode 30 to hear their discussion.

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  • STAT: April 20, 2020

    Farmers markets provide healthy food and support local economies. Keep them open during Covid-19 lockdowns

    In her op-ed featured in STAT, PI's Leslie Mikkelsen explains the many reasons why it's crucial to keep farmer's markets open during COVID-19. "As a nutritionist and advocate for sustainable local food systems, I believe that we need to do everything we can to ensure that all members of our communities can access fresh and healthy food, support their local food economies, and keep the vision of a sustainable food system alive in spite of Covid-19."

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  • CalMatters: March 31, 2020

    If we can safely distance at the grocery store, surely we can do the same at parks

    CalMatters features PI's Manal J. Aboelata's piece, which explains why it is especially important to keep public parks open as we respond to coronavirus. 

    "With many outdoor recreation facilities now off-limits, I fear that the health protection and police powers of the state are set to converge in ways that could be especially dangerous for boys and men of color — the people most likely to be over-policed in public spaces."

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  • Los Angeles Times: March 24, 2020

    Letters to the Editor: Closed parks and closed schools -- what could possibly go wrong?

    A letter to the editor by PI’s Manal Aboelata ran in this week’s LA Times calling for safe management of parks and other outdoor recreation, rather than closures and criminalization of use: “My teenage sons, like other Los Angeles Unified School District students, are stuck at home. They don’t just want to go for a walk. They should be able to go to one of our local parks to exercise."

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  • Meeting of the Minds: February 25, 2020

    Stormwater Management is an Equity Issue

    In their recent article featured in Meeting of the Minds, PI’s Manal J. Aboelata and Elva Yañez write about stormwater management as a health equity issue, and the need to clean and save stormwater for future use.

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  • Build Healthy Places Network: January 13, 2020

    Want to prevent violence? Go green.

    In our new blog featured in BHP Network, Prevention Institute's Danielle Bowen-Gerstein and Christine Williams explore how greening can be a crucial part of community violence prevention.

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  • The Guardian: January 13, 2020

    Changing violence requires the same shift in understanding given to AIDS

    In his article in The Guardian about the need to shift our understanding of violence from a moral to a public health perspective, Gary Slutkin mentions PI's Rachel Davis. "The main key to changing this situation is for us to shift our understanding of violence in this new way – as a preventable epidemic health problem. As with AIDS, this effort needs to be spearheaded by real leaders, and many in the Bay Area have stepped up, including Anne Marks from Youth Alive!, Devone Boggan from Advanced Peace, Rachel Davis from the Prevention Institute, and many others including the mayors of these cities who have also really stepped up."

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  • Center for Health Journalism: December 13, 2019

    Staying flexible proves key for story on junk food in LA’s afterschool programs

    In her article about trying to improve the quality of snacks in after school programs in LA, Alyssa Perry mentions that after bringing up PI's 2005 Child Nutrition Policy (which was not being enforced) to city council members, the Rec and Parks agreed to "re-issue the policy to staff and encourage staff to serve healthier options." 

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