THRIVE Empowers Youth to Improve Community Safety: A California Case Example

Created by Prevention Institute (PI) over a decade ago and updated in 2010, THRIVE is a place-based and action-oriented tool and framework that engages community leaders and residents, public health practitioners, and multiple sectors in a process of assessing, identifying, and improving community conditions that can facilitate better health, safety and equity outcomes.

When Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program (CCROPP) staff attended a THRIVE training of trainers, they immediately understood how this tool could help San Joaquin Valley residents link the connection between environment, behavior and health. With the THRIVE tool the youth identified their community’s health concerns and inequities, determined health priorities, developed a vision and goals, and initiated diverse short and long term action steps.