Making Connections to Address the Impact of Gang Culture and Gang Violence on Mental Health and Community Well-Being

Understanding the Impact of Injury, Violence and Trauma
on Mental Health and Well-being among Men and Boys of Color

September 5th, 2017
9:30 am to 2:30 pm
The California Endowment, 1000 N. Alameda Ave., LA, CA 90012 – Catalina Room

Registration: $25

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Join us for a half-day workshop focused on understanding the impact of injury, violence and trauma on mental health and well-being among men and boys of color.

This workshop is intended for public health professionals, mental health professionals, educators/school teachers, maternal and child health advocates, family and youth service providers, housing professionals, injury prevention professionals/organizations, law enforcement, students (undergraduate and graduate), prevention specialists, alcohol/substance use prevention professionals, park and recreation personnel (e.g. Parks after Dark and Saturday Night Lights), and domestic/family/intimate partner violence professionals. Everyone is welcome.

Lunch and tea, coffee and water will be available.

Presenting the 2017 Making Connections Conference

My Brother’s Keeper: Uplifting Men and Boys & Women and Girls of Color in California

Monday, October 9, 2017
The California Endowment
1000 N. Alameda St. Los Angeles, CA 90012


Registration Cost: Early Bird – $45; Regular – $85; Student/Low Income – $35

Please consider attending the 2017 Community Intelligence Making Connections Conference at the California Endowment on Monday 10/9/2017. This year’s theme is My Brother’s Keeper Initiatives: Uplifting Men and Boys & Women and Girls of Color in California.

The conference will focus on challenges to and opportunities for uplifting Men and Boys/Women and Girls of Color in California and on accomplishing MBK-related goals and lessons learned along the way.

The conference will feature an exciting keynote speaker, panels made up of LA County elected officials, statewide MBK leaders and local city/county MBK leaders discussing MBK challenges and opportunities. In addition to the plenary sessions, there will be four afternoon breakout sessions featuring presentations from representatives of LA County and Long Beach Health Department, LA GRYD program, LA County Department of Probation and LA County Department of Mental Health. We are awaiting confirmation from speakers throughout California – look out for conference updates.  What’s more…there will be a continental breakfast, lunch, snacks, tea and coffee available for registered attendees throughout the day.

To register or to obtain more information go to: or call Dr. Randal Henry at 213-422-4215 or email

Upcoming Making Connections/Community Intelligence Events:

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 – Understanding the Impact of Injury, Violence and Trauma on Mental Health and Wellbeing among Women and Girls of Color (RSVP)
Monday, March 5, 2018 – Childhood and Adolescent Injury and Violence Prevention in Communities of Color Conference (RSVP)

Previous Network Meetings & Convenings
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 (View Meeting Notes)
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 (View Meeting Notes)
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 (View Meeting Notes)
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 (View Symposium Summary Report)
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Wednesday, September 21, 2016(View Summit Summary)
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Wednesday, March 29, 2017


MakingConnectionsExposure to gang culture and gang violence (GCGV), particularly greater exposure to violence and trauma, complicates adolescent and adult development among young men and boys of color aged 12-25. Relative to white boys and men in the state, Californian YMBOC aged 12-25 are more likely to have PTSD, lack access to health care, be exposed to many forms of violence, be arrested or in custody as a juvenile, be in institutional settings or under state or court-ordered care as an adult, live in unhealthy physical environments, have an incarcerated parent or relative or experience a firearm-related/homicide-related death. These conditions, coupled with over-exposure to GCGV, may significantly impact the mental health of YMBOC aged 12-25.

Overview of the Making Connections for Mental Well-being Initiative (1 page)

Overview of the Making Connections for Mental Well-being Initiative (4 pages)


Network Goal

The primary goal of this network is to address the mental health impact of GCGV and unhealthy physical environments community mental health and well-being especially its impact on young men, women, girls and boys of color aged 12-25 in South Los Angeles and the surrounding south LA County communities of Hawthorne, Lawndale, Lennox, Inglewood, Gardena, Watts and Compton.


Key Objectives

(1) Discuss how gang culture and gang violence impacts the mental health and well-being of the community including young men and boys of color (YMBOC);
(2) Foster a shared understanding of and develop a commitment to address the impact of gang culture and gang violence on the mental health and well-being;
(3) Identify ways of helping YMBOC avoid negative socialization patterns and negotiate narrow definitions of masculinity;
(4) Discuss community-level and organization-level strategies that can address the mental health impact of over-exposure to gang culture and gang violence;
(5) Discuss community-level and organization-level strategies that:

  • Incorporate an understanding of the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences;
  • Utilize, Positive Behavior Intervention Support and Trauma-Informed Approaches, and
  • Increase the number of YMBOC who are engaged and retained in school, youth services and after-school programs.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact:
Randal Henry, DrPH, MPH
Founder and Chief Intelligence Officer, Community Intelligence LLC
Project Leader, Making Connections Project

Dr. Randal Henry is the Founder and Chief Intelligence Officer of Community Intelligence, LLC. – a community oriented research and evaluation consulting firm. Community Intelligence is committed to increasing the capacity of communities, non-profits, foundations, healthcare organizations and government agencies to identify and ameliorate conditions that impact public health and community well-being by responding to those conditions in innovative ways and by evaluating the impact of their efforts.

A Prevention Institute initiative, Making Connections for Mental Wellbeing is supported by cornerstone funding from the Movember Foundation. For more information: