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, local government agencies, 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.
- Alum Rock-Santa Clara St. Business Association
- Alum Rock Counseling Center
- Alum Rock Union School District
- Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI)
- Catholic Charities, Franklin-McKinley Children’s Initiative
- City of San Jose: City Manager’s Office, Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force, Housing Department, and Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services
- Community Health Partnership
- District 5 United Neighborhood Group (Lyndale)
- East Side Union High School District
- First 5 of Santa Clara County
- Foothill Community Health Center
- The Health Trust
- National Compadres Network
- Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence
- People Acting in Community Together (PACT)
- Santa Clara County: District Attorney’s Office, Probation Department, Parks and Recreation Commission, Public Health, Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System, Valley Health Plan, Valley Medical Center (VMC)
- SOMOS Mayfair
- Valley Medical Center (VMC) Foundation Youth Connections Foundation
- Youth Connections 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
The Public Health Department is starting with community priorities that connect and align to address the underlying issues that lead to violence and trauma. This includes:
- Educating city and county agencies about community residents’ perspectives on how to create a safe and healthy community
- Supporting youth development to enable young people to speak about and act on what they want to see in their community
- Hosting community dialogues about policies to prevent displacement and keep residents housed in the community
- Creating an educational campaign to promote safe gun storage
- Educating law enforcement officials about gun violence restraining orders
- Development of county safe storage policy
- Ensuring that health care plans and providers address violence and high risk of violence as early as possible
- Using art and culture to educate diverse communities about the need to prevent intimate partner violence
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 about CACHI and the ACH model across California, please contact Barbara Masters at CACHImgr@communitypartners.org or visit www.CACHI.org.