Santa Clara County

Preventing violence and trauma that affects youth, families and the community in East San Jose.

East San Jose PEACE Partnership

The East San Jose PEACE Partnership is a group of residents and organizations working to build a healthy, peaceful and empowered community by preventing and addressing violence and trauma.  

In East San Jose, residents experience more violence and trauma than elsewhere in Santa Clara County. This community struggles with higher rates of hospitalizations due to assaults and firearms. And violent crimes, along with incidences of domestic violence, are much higher in this region. Experiencing violence and trauma, especially multiple kinds of violence over a long period of time, results in poor health and life outcomes.  Wide-ranging consequences from exposure to violence include heart disease, increased risk for eating disorders, substance abuse, depression and anxiety.

In spite of these adverse community experiences, the people of East San Jose continue to build upon their resiliency and assets and forge new narratives for peace and prosperity.  

Uniting East San Jose for Health Equity

The East San Jose PEACE (Prevention Efforts Advance Community Equity) Partnership is developing a comprehensive racial and health equity effort to prevent and reduce violence and trauma through the Accountable Communities for Health (ACH) model. 

The PEACE Partnership builds on decades of partnerships, initiatives and relationships to improve the health and wellness of the region. The ACH model brings together health care providers to align with and work alongside education and justice partners, community and economic empowerment organizations, and community members themselves to reduce violence and trauma.

Reducing violence and trauma is just the first step. The new partnerships fostered by PEACE Partnership will make it possible to lift the voices of those most affected by violence and trauma and improve the health and well-being of Santa Clara County for many years to come.  

ACH PARTNERS:

  • Alum Rock Union School District 
  • Building Trades Council 
  • Community Health Partnership 
  • District Attorney’s Office 
  • East Side Union High School Districts 
  • Foothill Community Health Clinics 
  • Franklin-McKinley Children’s Initiative 
  • Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force 
  • People Acting in Community Together (PACT) 
  • San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services and Housing Departments 
  • Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System 
  • Somos Mayfair 
  • Valley Health Plan 
  • Valley Medical Center (VMC) Foundation

Transforming East San Jose Through Partnerships

With the leadership of Santa Clara County Public Health Department, the PEACE Partnership is coordinating organizations from multiple sectors to implement interventions and strategies to build healthier environments and address violence, trauma and the linked health challenges. The PEACE Partnership works to prevent violence and trauma, build on community strengths and cultural assets, and foster community resiliency.

The San Jose Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force has been working for decades to reduce violence in the community. Building on their progress, PEACE Partnership has enabled leaders from multiple sectors to move forward the initiative and more effectively integrate how the health system leaders can contribute to addressing trauma as part of the Task Force’s ongoing efforts.  This is just one example of how the ACH model promotes a more sustainable health infrastructure — allowing these institutions to work together to address violence and trauma. 

A NETWORK OF SOLUTIONS

Santa Clara County is starting with community priorities that connect and align to address the underlying issues that lead to violence and trauma. This includes:

  • Promoting healing circles to build trust in communities
  • Spurring community capacity for youth leadership development 
  • Implementing bullying and violence prevention in Pre-K to 8th grade
  • Enhancing teen and community centers with trauma and healing informed development
  • Hosting community dialogues on racial and health inequities and advance anti-displacement policies
  • Promoting resident-led health to prevent and address intimate partner violence and gun safety
  • Ensuring that health care plans and providers address violence and high risk of violence as early as possible

This type of comprehensive, multi-sector initiative requires ongoing and sustainable resources.  A new and exciting aspect of an ACH is the establishment of a local Wellness Fund that weaves together a variety of funding streams and financing approaches to both sustain the ACH and invest in strategies needed to improve community health. The Santa Clara County Public Health Department and its partners are contributing substantial resources to the fund. Housed at the Valley Medical Center (VMC) Foundation, the fund will be able to grow through ongoing fundraising efforts — both efforts will further bolster the sustainability of the PEACE Partnership. They will be demonstrating to potential local funders the anticipated return on investment that their model will yield for the county, and will demonstrate how local businesses, health plans, hospitals and other potential investors will benefit from taking part in this initiative.

To learn more and get involved with the East San Jose PEACE Partnership, contact Andrea Flores Shelton at andrea.floresshelton@phd.sccgov.org. 

To learn more about CACHI and the ACH model across California, please contact Barbara Masters at CACHImgr@communitypartners.org or visit www.CACHI.org. 

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