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Violence and community trauma can have a significant impact on health and wellbeing in a neighborhood. In a recent brief we released with the California School-Based Health Alliance, Making the Health Home Model Work for Boys and Men of Color, we highlighted how violence and trauma particularly impacts boys and men of color in California:
“Boys and young men of color in California experience physical and psychological trauma at rates much higher than Whites. Homicide rates for ages 10 to 24 are 79.6 per 100,000 for African American young men compared to only 2.7 per 100,000 for White young men. Exposure to such violence can have a tremendous impact on the mental health of surviving members of the community. Young people can develop post-traumatic stress disorder, which can lead to increases in impulsive and aggressive behavior, risky sexual behavior, self-harm, and abuse of drugs or alcohol.”
Fortunately, there are ongoing efforts to reduce exposure to community trauma. This Thursday, April 9th, PreventConnect is hosting a webinar on this topic, Men of Color and Community Trauma Prevention: What Links Sexual and Domestic Violence Efforts to Trauma Prevention? This web conference will highlight “community-level, community-driven solutions that promote mental health and wellbeing for men and boys.” The event, based on the recent report, Making Connections for Mental Health and Well-Being among Men and Boys in the U.S., will examine ways to prevent sexual and domestic violence and support the wellbeing of men and boys.
Hosted by PreventConnect and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA), the event will feature presentations by the Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin and the Gang Intervention Department of the Toberman Neighborhood Center in Southern California.
This web conference is free and will connect attendees to a number of resources that can help inform efforts to reduce the impact of trauma in their communities. Visit the PreventConnect website today to register!