Economic stability and supports refers to the level of economic resources and the degree of equity in the distribution of resources among individuals and communities. These supports may include laws and policies, childcare and school options, adequate employment and living wages and access to housing, transportation and education. The Violence and Injury Prevention ‒ Mental Health Promotion (VIP-MHP) Branch prioritizes economic stability and supports along with social norms, connectedness and behavioral health, to build community resilience and prevent multiple forms of violence and injury.
VIP-MHP measures the level of economic stability and supports through risk or protective factors that are common across multiple outcomes like substance abuse and violence and injury prevention. Those factors may include:
- Societal income inequity.
- Weak health, educational, economic and social policies/laws.
- Neighborhood poverty.
- Diminished economic opportunities/high unemployment rates.
- Economic stress.
By working toward economic stability and supports as a shared priority, the following programs leverage resources to address upstream risk and protective factors, and prevent multiple forms of violence and injury at once. While the VIP-MHP Branch primarily works at the societal and community/organizational levels, the branch also collaborates with partners working at the individual and interpersonal levels of the model.
VIP-MHP Programs that Prioritize Economic Stability and Supports:
- Child Fatality Prevention System.
- Communities That Care.
- Sexual Violence Prevention.
- Essentials for Childhood.