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Primary Prevention 101


Primary Prevention 101    

 Primary Prevention =’s  Stopping the problem before it happens.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  Ben Franklin                                      

SER to end OSN through G2BG across the SEM

Peer Solutions is an Arizona-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1996 with the mission: Investing in Youth to Elevate Communities.

We believe it takes everyone, everyday, everywhere to cultivate safe, equitable, respectful, and ultimately healthy communities today, tomorrow and forever. We work together to prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences before they begin, including: child abuse, domestic, dating, sexual, gun, and gang violence, substance abuse, depression, suicide, self-harm, eating disorders,  homelessness, poverty, poor school performance, and more. Activities are positive, youth developed and led, year-round, and intergenerational. We are all Peers, We are all the Solution.

We foster healthy communities by cultivating Safety, Equality and Respect (SER) as norms to prevent the root causes of these harms before they begin. The root causes are Oppression, Silence/Denial and Normalized harm (OSN). We cultivate SER to end OSN through G2BG-The Guts To Be Good. Five things everyone can do everyday, everywhere to make the world a better place: 1. The Guts to be Respectful, 2. The Guts to be Courteous, 3. The Guts to Speak-Up, 4. The Guts to be Honest, and  5. The Guts to Lend a Hand.

Research confirms strategies across the Social Ecological Model (SEM) maximize impact. This means addressing change at the individual, relationship, community and societal levels. Community and Societal level strategies are the most effective because they affect the most amount of people. We empower individuals with education and the skills to build healthy relationships at home, school, their workplaces and in the community. Together, we develop and implement activities with the communities we serve. This establishes cultural relevance, retention, and generational impact. Policy level work has proven the most successful. Today’s young people are tomorrow’s parents/adult caregivers and/or policy makers.


“Going upstream” is a metaphor for prevention…

Moving Upstream” to prevent tragedies from occurring downstream… One day, a person was fishing from a river bank when they saw someone being swept downstream, struggling to keep their head above water. They jumped in, grabbed the person, and helped them to shore. The survivor thanked them and left. The hero dried off and continued fishing. Soon another cry for help was heard and someone else was being swept downstream. The hero immediately jumped into the river again and saved that person as well. This scenario continued all afternoon. As soon as the hero returned to fishing, another cry for help was heard and again the hero would wade in to rescue another wet and drowning person. Finally the hero said, “I can’t go on like this, I’d better go upstream and find out what is happening. CDC 2008

Why not stop the person and even more importantly, stop the reasons why that person is throwing them in in the first place? Prevention is the best form of Social Change - CDC