Diaries in the Press


In Larry Cohen’s article published in Oxford University Press, he argues that our national approach to the opioid epidemic must address community trauma and support the growth of strong and resilient communities if we’re going to prevent addiction in the first place. The blog is his latest piece in a series inspired by his recent book, ‘Prevention Diaries.’


Every day the news is flooded with stories of different types of violence. Daily, we’re bombarded with relentless reports of violence in this country. In his blog in Oxford Academic, ‘Prevention Diaries’ Author Larry Cohen addresses what communities can do to prevent violence from occurring in the first place.


Health Affairs finds Prevention Diaries to be “ [An] engaging and well-documented exploration of America’s gradual, and in some cases grudging, recognition that adopting individual and community prevention-oriented policies and practices is key to promoting health and health equity, reducing injuries, and preventing violence.”


The Daily Beast: features an excerpt on our from Prevention Diaries in their article, “Is Sugar the New Smoking?” This piece explores how, much like smoking norms in years past, casual acceptance of our addiction to unhealthy foods puts our population at great risk for chronic disease.


In his review, Prevention diaries by Larry Cohen, David Hemenway of BMJ Journal Injury Prevention wrote, “Prevention Diaries tells Larry’s story. His work has been broader than injury and violence prevention—it has encompassed the full range of public health, including lead poisoning, obesity, smoking and medical care. Reading the book can help remind injury researchers of the larger context of our work. Lessons learnt in one area of public health can be applied to other areas.”

alternet-logoAlternet features an excerpt on redlining from Prevention Diaries: “Redlining and discriminatory lending practices are of course not limited to East Oakland—they are part of a much larger pattern of injustice that relegates low-income communities and communities of color to poor health and other forms of diminished well-being…”

In the April issue of The International Journal of Epidemiology, Peter Sainsbury writes, “Cohen and his colleagues clearly have a very comprehensive and sophisticated understanding of society and social change. Consequently, they use a wide range of prevention techniques—from lobbying for legislative and policy change, through partnerships with businesses and grassroots organizations (Cohen seems to know everybody), to community education, mobilisation and activism—but always emphasizing ‘upstream’ prevention and maximizing the benefits for the most needy.” Read the full review here

Creators Syndicate: In part one of a two part series, Marilynn Preston reviews Larry Cohen’s Prevention Diaries, highlighting that Prevention is a bipartisan issue that deserves increased attention. In part two of the series, she explores how Diaries illustrates that when there is political momentum around healthcare, policymakers have an opportunity to promote primary prevention.


Creators Syndicate: In part two of a two part series, Marilynn Preston explores the future of health care, drawing on Larry Cohen’s Prevention Diaries to highlight why it’s crucial to incorporate prevention into our outdated, reactionary healthcare model.


APHA Q&A: “Larry Cohen, founder and executive director of Prevention Institute, has been a public health and prevention advocate and pioneer for over 40 years. In his latest book, he explores the aspects of daily life that influence our health and argues that a prevention approach offers many common-sense solutions that save lives and money, and reduce suffering.”

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Food Politics: Marion Nestle features a review about Prevention Diaries saying, “his stories should inspire everyone interested in public health to get involved in prevention programs that will make a real difference in people’s lives.”

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Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb: Deborah Kalb interviews founder and Executive Director of Prevention Institute, Larry Cohen, about what inspired him to write prevention diaries, the structure of the book, and measuring the impact of Prevention strategies.

Health News Digest  highlights   Prevention Diaries, praising the book as “indispensable with its wise observations and simple approach to shaping policy with a personal flare.”


Interact for Health Q&A: Interact for Health interviews Larry about Prevention Institute, the lessons he has learned in his career, and what he feels are his greatest accomplishments with regard to Public Health.