Prevention Institute will facilitate a three-part bi-monthly learning series for local health jurisdictions and their community and government partners on applying racial justice principles and practices to build community safety. This series will support participants in understanding and applying racial justice principles and practices described in the papers, Building Bridges: The Strategic Imperative for Advancing Health Equity and Racial Justice and Community Safety Realized: Public Health Pathways to Preventing Violence. It will also build on the momentum of local health jurisdictions and cities/counties declaring a commitment to address racism as a public health crisis. Participants will have opportunities to discuss timely and relevant issues and engage in intersession learning activities to apply the content to their work.
In these three virtual gatherings participants will:
1. Explore principles and practices to operationalize racial justice in violence prevention policies and programs.
2. Build capacity to normalize, prioritize, and incentivize “truth, racial healing, and transformation” in violence prevention work.
3. Explore building community safety through racial justice in practice, through:
- Framing, communications, and public education
- Community healing, organizing, and power-building
- Partnerships and multi-sector collaboration
- Policy, systems change, and resource advocacy
- Data, evaluation, and continuous improvement
4. Begin to develop racial justice work plans and identify performance measures for continued improvement.