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East San Jose PEACE Partnership

The East San Jose PEACE (Prevention Efforts Advance Community Equity) Partnership is a group of residents and organizations working to build a healthy, peaceful, and empowered community by preventing and addressing violence and trauma.  

In East San Jose, residents experience more violence and trauma than elsewhere in Santa Clara County. This community struggles with higher rates of hospitalizations due to assaults and firearms and higher incidents of violent crimes, such as domestic violence. Experiencing violence and trauma, especially multiple kinds of violence over a long period of time, results in poor health and life outcomes, ranging from heart disease, increased risk for eating disorders, substance abuse, depression, and anxiety. 

Despite these adverse community experiences, the people of East San Jose continue to build upon their resiliency and assets and forge new narratives for peace and prosperity. 

Uniting East San Jose for Health Equity

Health equity is when everyone has a fair opportunity to be healthy. That means we need to remove barriers like poverty, racism, and other forms of discrimination, and the conditions they create that make it harder to be healthy, such as lack of access to good jobs, safe environments, quality education, housing, and healthcare. 

The East San Jose PEACE Partnership is developing a comprehensive racial and health equity effort to prevent and reduce violence and trauma through the Accountable Communities for Health (ACH) model. The ACH model brings together health care providers to align with and work alongside education and justice partners, community and economic empowerment organizations, local government agencies, and community members themselves to reduce violence and trauma. 

The PEACE Partnership builds on decades of partnerships, initiatives and relationships to improve the health and wellness of the region. Reducing violence and trauma is just the first step. ​The new partnerships fostered by PEACE Partnership will make it possible to lift the voices of those most affected by violence and trauma and improve the health and well-being of Santa Clara County for many years to come. 

​Program Partners: 
  • Alum Rock-Santa Clara St. Business Association
  • Alum Rock Counseling Center
  • Alum Rock Union School District
  • Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI)
  • Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County: Franklin-McKinley Children's Initiative 
  • City of San Jose: City Manager's Office, Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force, Housing Department and Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services
  • Community Health Partnership 
  • District 5 United Neighborhood Group (Lyndale)
  • East Side Union High School District
  • First 5 of Santa Clara County
  • Foothill Community Health Clinics 
  • The Health Trust
  • National Compadres Network
  • Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence
  • People Acting in Community Together (PACT)
  • Santa Clara County: District Attorney's Office, Probation Department, Parks and Recreation Commission, Public Health, Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System, Valley Health Plan, Valley Medical Center (VMC)
  • Somos Mayfair  
  • Valley Medical Center (VMC) Foundation 
  • Youth Connections Foundation 


For more information, contact:
Maritza Rodriguez
Violence Prevention Program Manager
Last updated: 4/30/2020 10:49 AM