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Comprehensive Violence Prevention: Towards a Connectionist Perspective

Several years ago, I wrote an essay for a book that my friend and colleague, Stacia Mesleh, and I put together addressing the links between human, animal, and environmental well-being. The book has been passed on to a publisher and will come out under a new title and editor, including most of the wonderful authors who originally contributed essays to our project. Along the way, … Continue reading Comprehensive Violence Prevention: Towards a Connectionist Perspective

Meatless Monday

Public Health Connects the Dots! Meatless Monday at APHA

If there’s one thing I love more than connecting the dots between human, animal, and environmental well-being, it’s when PUBLIC HEALTH connects those dots!  The discipline took an important steps toward doing so when the American Public Health Association (APHA) featured Meatless Monday during its annual meeting and exposition in Boston last week. Meatless Monday is a global movement encouraging meat-free Mondays for the sake of individual … Continue reading Public Health Connects the Dots! Meatless Monday at APHA

The Downside to Primary Prevention’s Popularity: A Question

As a primary prevention practitioner and promoter (a PPPP, of course), I have enthusiastically watched it gain support and popularity over the past few years.  Today, more people than ever before believe that prevention works.  They value primary prevention strategies and their support continues to grow.  Recently, however, I’ve noticed an unintended consequence of the push towards primary prevention.  It seems that most folks want … Continue reading The Downside to Primary Prevention’s Popularity: A Question

National Sexual Assault Conference 2010: Ashley’s Perspective

I spent the last week in Hollywood at the annual Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) grantee meeting and the National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC).  I came back excited, exhausted, and overwhelmed. Both the meeting and the conference introduced me to innovative work taking place in other states, nationally, and globally.  It’s so refreshing to see that others are making connections between multiple forms of violence.   … Continue reading National Sexual Assault Conference 2010: Ashley’s Perspective

Laundry: The Newest Source for Prevention Training

Given the nature of my work against violence and for peace, I often feel that I shouldn’t write about prevention and health promotion unless I have data and concrete theories to back it up.  But tonight, while doing laundry in my apartment complex’s laundry room, I realized some things are just simpler than logic models, theories of change, and data analysis (though I will never … Continue reading Laundry: The Newest Source for Prevention Training