200539 RYSE Youth Center: An integrative model of health and wellness for youth and young adults in West Contra Costa County, California

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Kanwarpal K. Dhaliwal, MPH , 205 41st Street, RYSE Center, Richmond, CA
Kimberly Aceves , 205 41st Street, RYSE Center, Richmond, CA
Young people from Richmond and West Contra Costa County bear the burden of multiple health and social inequities, resulting in disproportionately high rates of homicide, gun violence, incarceration, high school drop out and punitive discipline, unintended or early pregnancy, poverty and unemployment. There are a number local efforts and programs to address the proximate needs and issues of young people who experience the consequences of such inequities. However, efforts to change and address the more complex and distal conditions, and remediate the disproportionate rates of violence and harm among youth are rare. Most strategies that do exist are designed without input and engagement from youth themselves.

The RYSE Youth Center in West Contra Costa County is a new cross-sector effort established to address the multi-level, interrelated factors that inform inequitable rates of violence and harm experienced by young people. Towards this, we employ an overarching public health framework of violence prevention and core tenets of community-based participatory planning, evaluative inquiry, health promotion, and elimination of health disparities/inequities. RYSE's integrative model of health and wellness engages an array of health, arts and recreation, and community building programs which support the holistic health of individual young people and their peer communities, as well their leadership and advocacy capacity to change and transform institutional policies, practices, and paradigms of health and wellness. RYSE identifies itself as a learning organization, and looks to key stakeholders and new audiences for critical and reflexive inquiry that supports an overarching vision of sustainable community system change.

Learning Objectives:
1. Explain how The RYSE Centerís integrative model of health and wellness aligns with a public health framework of violence prevention. 2. Articulate the relationship between RYSEís core tenets of health promotion, community based participatory planning, and elimination of health disparities/inequities. 3. Identify at least two critical inquiries that reflect on the praxis of health promotion.

Keywords: Violence Prevention, Health Advocacy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Founding Co-Executive Director of the organization that is the focus of the abstract.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

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