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 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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How Universal Approaches Can Maximize Prevention Efforts

Posted in: Prevention Science, Public Policy
Universal services prevent stigma, normalize help seeking, and often have higher rates of service acceptance.

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Residential Mobility as a Community Organizing Concern in Rural Australia

Posted in: Public Policy, Rural Communities
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Lack of attention to the contexts for mobility has led to contradictions in public discourse. Over-generalization risks losing the necessary complexity to develop appropriate policy.

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What is Life Like in an Immigrant Detention Center?

Posted in: Immigrant Justice, Marginalized Groups, Public Policy, Sense of Community | Tags:
The inhumanity of detention has far reaching effects on communities outside of the detention facility.

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Infograph: Effects of Deportation and Forced Separation on Immigrants, their Families, and Communities

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Immigrant Justice, Marginalized Groups, Public Policy
A companion to our policy statement, this infographic is useful for immigration-related advocacy.

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Effectos de la Deportación y la Separación Forzada

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Marginalized Groups, Public Policy
La deportación tiene numerosos impactos perjudiciales no solo en las personas que son deportadas, sino también en las familias y en las comunidades a las que estas se ven obligadas a dejar atrás. Los cambios en las políticas de los Estados Unidos sobre inmigración y deportación afectan a los individuos, las familias y las comunidades en las que ocurren las […]

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Preventing Human Trafficking Using Data-driven, Community-based Strategies

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A policy brief developed by the Research-to-Policy Collaboration with support from the Society for Community Research and Action. Approximately 40 million people worldwide, including many in the United States, are estimated to be victims of human trafficking — a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control both adults […]

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Incarceration of Undocumented Families: A Policy Statement by the Society for Community Research and Action: Division 27 of the American Psychological Association

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Criminal Justice, Immigrant Justice, Public Policy
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Jessica Chicco, Patricia Esparza, M. Brinton Lykes, Fabricio E. Balcazar and Kevin Ferreira On April 5th Antonio Puente, President of the APA, sent a letter to the Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security raising concerns about the current policies regarding the incarceration of migrant families. That letter was based largely on the SCRA Statement. EXECUTIVE […]

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