Formerly "Partners for Prevention of Erie County" (PPEC), Roots of Prevention is a community collaborative guided by the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) to inform, educate, and empower people about health issues, mobilize community partnerships and actions to identify and solve health problems, and develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts. Roots of Prevention is comprised of dozens of regional agency and organizational partners and uses a data-driven approach to address key health and safety issues in the community.

Our Mission

To collaborate and promote increased access to community resources and education to achieve safety and health equity.

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Our Vision

A community united for safety and health equity.


Roots of Prevention is composed of seven coalitions, each focused on a different area of prevention and guided by the Erie County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). Roots of Prevention is led by the Erie County Health Department, but has over 300 local members from a wide variety of community sectors and organizations. Members may choose to join one or more of the following coalitions:


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"Real, sustainable community change requires the 

initiative and engagement of community members."

Helene D. Gayle