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
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
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
We all hate cancer. We hate what it does to people we love. We hate its persistence. We hate its mystery. We hate its devastation. I hate cancer. It took away my brother when he was only 33 years old. It left his wife and two young children without him. It took my parent’s son. It took an amazing man from this world. I hate … Continue reading I hate cancer.
I hate sick days. I just lay in bed all day feeling guilty about all of the work I could be doing and promising myself this is my last sick day ever. It’s worse today because Scooter is sick with me. For some reason he has been throwing up every morning this week. I wonder if he’s pregnant? Today I made a deal with myself … Continue reading A Note From My Sick Bed
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
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