By David Lee on October 19, 2009 · tagged as , ,

Prevention Connection Receives Funding

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued a $1.245M grant to the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault for its nationally recognized project Prevention Connection. The project utilizes innovative e-learning technologies to conduct interactive trainings and discussion forums on interpersonal violence and sexual violence, and is designed to strengthen the technical skills of participants using an online community of practice model (COP).

The $415K/year grant continues an effort that has been funded since 2005, and ensures that Prevention Connection will continue until at least 2012. “This is an investment in how we prevent sexual violence nationwide” says Executive Director, Suzanne Brown-McBride. “By bringing together prevention practitioners, we can strengthen existing efforts that states, campuses and communities have underway as well as building new pathways to successful, evidence based prevention models.”

The project has had more than 6,000 participants in over 35 web conferences, produces podcasts and online presentations, maintains email groups and has tapped into social media by way of Twitter and Facebook. Project Director, David Lee, says the ‘Community of Practice’ extends far and wide: “We have professionals in all 50 states, territories, and many countries like Australia, Canada, Scotland. We’re also working in partnership with National Sexual Violence Resource Center and VAWnet and we’ve been able to build a vibrant, dynamic community among professionals in our field. Our goal is to provide participants with an opportunity to exchange ideas, share resources and discuss emerging strategies and issues to primary prevention.”

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David S. Lee, MPH, is the Director of Prevention Services at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault where he provides training and technical assistance on prevention. David manages the national project PreventConnect, an online community of violence against women prevention practitioners, funders, researchers and activists. For over 27 years David has worked in efforts to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

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Robert October 20, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Congratulations on the ongoing project! I know that this is one of the projects that CALCASA has become very well known for and it’s having a tremendous impact throughout the field. Keep up the great work!


Karen Baker October 21, 2009 at 8:16 am

Congratulations! Prevention Connection is a wonderful project that has opened the dialogue about prevention and has exposed the anti-sexual assualt movement to the benefits of the newer technologies. Thank you for all you do!


imelda buncab October 21, 2009 at 11:46 am

Congratulations CalCASA!!!! Prevention Connection is a tech savvy project in a world of evolving social and communication networking. Thank you for bringing us this powerful project to further impact the movement!


Grant October 21, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Welcome news!


Casey Keene October 22, 2009 at 5:30 am

Congratulations on your award! VAWnet is excited to be able to continue our collaborative work with Prevention Connection – looking forward to 3 more great years of innovative projects to prevent violence against women. We can’t wait to see what comes next!


Melanie October 22, 2009 at 10:17 am

Congratulations! I have found Prevention Connection to be a helpful resource, so I am happy to see this project funded. Thank you for this resource!


Joan Tabachnick October 22, 2009 at 8:15 pm

To my friends at CALCASA, congratulations. So nice to see grants going to projects on primary prevention and to people who deserve it too. Not only that, I am posting my first blog entry — teaching in action. Mazel Tov!


Rus Funk October 23, 2009 at 6:38 am

Great news! congratulations! this is such a necessary and tremendous resource!


Janice Mirabassi October 23, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Fabulous news for all involved with primary prevention. Prevent-Connect is a well-managed wealth of information. Thank you for the time and energy that goes into your work.


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