Supporting communities to reduce violence and promote healing in South Los Angeles
CAP IN ACTION
Trauma Prevention Initiative
Partnered with trauma centers, county departments and community stakeholders to decrease trauma disparities and reduce trauma injuries and deaths throughout Los Angeles County.
The Los Angeles County Trauma Prevention Initiative (TPI) serves to support intervention work with Hospital-based Intervention, Street Outreach and Community Violence Intervention. It provides Capacity Building through Peer-to-Peer Violence Prevention Learning and Training and Technical Assistance, and works in Prevention in communities through facilitated community engagement and strategic planning (CAP meeting) and implementing community identified prevention strategies.
Violence is preventable.
Multisector collaboration is required to address root causes and symptoms of violence. Intervention strategies that address the immediacy of violence are critical to enable prevention strategies to take root. Through a public health approach, TPI is building a model through community empowerment
and systems change that includes intervention, capacity building, and prevention strategies.
Serving The Community
Community stakeholders prioritize strategies that build leadership capacity and promote dialogue and healing. Examples include: group facilitation training, healing informed arts instruction and community storytelling in partnership with LA County Arts Commission, peace-building activities, and mediation and implicit bias training in partnership with LA County Commission on Human Relations.
Community engagement in TPI communities builds local leadership, promotes positive identity, and develops priorities to guide violence prevention work through Community Action for Peace groups, community events and summits. Community engagement also provides avenues for other departments and initiatives to get involved in the communities.
Putting Pieces Together for a Comprehensive Approach
TPI is one piece of the puzzle and is actively forging connections with community partners and LA County initiatives to strengthen community assets, reduce violence and trauma, and promote healing.
To address the root causes and symptoms of violence, we must build healing systems that:
• Acknowledge trauma and promote healing.
• Support cultural norms that facilitate healthy relationships and dialogue.
• Are equitable and well-coordinated in response to individual and community needs.
• Empower community members, build local leadership and decision making.
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TPI Overview 2019 (2).pdf