Public Policy


Public Policy

Community Psychologists want to ensure that their findings and success positively impact larger communities. As such, Community Psychologists collaborate with policy makers and other groups to work on policy activities. These activities may impact contemporary policy debates at the state and federal levels, create opportunities for training, and encourage those working in communities who lack policy experiences to familiarize themselves with the policy process and understand ways in which their voices can be heard.

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How I Used Community Psychology Values to Foster State-Level Change

Posted in: Blog, Public Policy
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Community Psychology aims to use research and action to promote positive change at the individual and systemic levels. Here is how I used Community Psychology values to help influence two major Michigan initiatives.

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Rethinking Human Trafficking Representation

Posted in: Healthcare, Public Policy
A narrow set of images has restricted the understanding of human trafficking. As many trafficking victims cross the healthcare system at some point during their captivity, providers can identify and potentially help victims become survivors by better understanding the signs of human trafficking.

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SCRA Statement in Support of Christchurch, New Zealand, In Condemnation of White Supremacy: Call to Action

Posted in: Marginalized Groups, Public Policy
Disclaimer: This is an official statement of the Society for Community Research and Action, Division 27 of the American Psychological Association, and does not represent the position of the American Psychological Association or any of its other Divisions or subunits. The Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) – Division 27 of the American Psychological […]

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Child Labor Trafficking is a Health Care Issue

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Public Policy
A brief overview of the current extent and implications of child labor trafficking, why it’s a healthcare issue, and actionable pathways to mitigate the problem.

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Society for Community Research and Action Statement on Police Brutality

Posted in: Criminal Justice, Marginalized Groups, Public Policy, Violence Prevention | Tags:
We, the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA), are in solidarity with those calling to move funding out of policing and into systems that facilitate community wellness. For this reason, we take up policing as an institution.

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What is Trauma-Informed Care: An Example

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Mental Health, Prevention Science, Public Policy
Childhood trauma and adversity are associated with chronic health and behavioral health problems. In a systems-wide approach to trauma, all individuals within the organization play a role in helping treat a child.

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Trauma-Informed Responses to Immigration Policies and Practices

Posted in: Immigrant Justice, Public Policy
We call for an end to all traumatic policies, echoing U.S. Congressional calls to address the root of harm to children and recommendations to shift toward trauma-based systems of care for immigrant children and families.

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How to Move Policy on Human Trafficking

Posted in: Marginalized Groups, Public Policy
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Proposed human trafficking laws may be most successful in using research to guide the use of trauma-informed practice.

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More than Filling Empty Bellies: How Food Banks are Evolving to Nourish Community Health

Posted in: Marginalized Groups, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status, Public Policy | Tags:
Food insecurity is related to poor nutrition and many other negative health outcomes. Food banks can and should implement nutrition policies.

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Community Advocacy: A Psychologist’s Toolkit for State and Local Advocacy

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The Community Advocacy Toolkit is a result of a joint effort between four divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA): Division 17, the Society of Counseling Psychology; Division 27, the Society for Community Research and Action; Division 35, the Society for the Psychology of Women; and Division 45, the Society for the Psychological Study of […]

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