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Our Philosophy

What Is Prevention?

Prevention (noun): An action or a set of actions designed to stop something before it actually happens. A seat belt is an easy way to prevent injury in an accident. It takes one click. Child abuse and neglect are harder problems to solve. They take a whole set of strategies and actions to prevent. The past 20 years have seen the emergence of a wide variety of...

The Public Health Approach to Prevention

Most of us - 98 percent of the Lane County adults interviewed in a recent survey - share some beliefs about children. We believe they deserve to grow up safe and healthy and that, if they are harmed, it is our responsibility to support and help them in healing. This imperative to help those who have been hurt means we have, understandably, focused the majority of our energy on after-the-fact...

Risk and Protective Factors - a Proven Framework

Reducing child abuse and neglect 90% by 2030 is clearly a challenging task. Some people we talk to have said they feel overwhelmed at the thought of it – it seems too large and too complicated. Where do we begin? What are the most important things to do to give us the best chance to reach this goal in Lane County? The good news is that we are not just starting this effort. We have looked across...

Models of Prevention: The Spectrum of Prevention

Prevention is more than keeping one frustrated parent from hitting a child. It requires change on a societal level. How do we get our arms around a task that large? The Spectrum of Prevention is one model that clearly shows the layers and levels of activities and strategies that need to occur at the same time in order to make a large impact on a complex social issue like child abuse and neglect...

How Will It Happen: Theory of Change

A theory of change is a set of ideas and actions that provide the foundation for how a certain thing – such as reducing child abuse and neglect in Lane County – will happen. It is the underpinning for the core beliefs, the key steps, the timeline, and the plan for tracking progress. It provides the framework for achieving a goal. A complete theory of change for achieving 90by30...

How It Will Happen: Collective Impact

Collective Impact provides a framework to make it possible for a large and diverse group of individuals and groups to work together to help solve a complex social problem. For 90by30, in order to decrease child abuse and neglect in Lane County 90% by the year 2030, it takes a model that defines a prevention role for every person within their life and sphere of influence, which may include friends...

What the Data Show

What is the rate of child abuse in Oregon? That's a harder question than it seems. Because there is no one way to collect information about child neglect and abuse, coming to an agreement about the “actual” rates is difficult, almost impossible. Additionally, surveys of the general population reveal that many adults who suffered from abuse or neglect as children or youth never tell anyone. So...