Larry Cohen, MSW
Larry Cohen is founder and Executive Director of Prevention Institute, a national nonprofit center that has helped to shape the way that the country thinks about health and prevention: improving community conditions and taking action to build resilience and to prevent illness, injury and violence before they occur. Prevention Institute has helped to advance a deeper understanding of how social and community factors shape health outcomes and Larry works with communities to address health inequities. Prevention Institute has helped to incorporate a focus on prevention as part of the national health systems transformation. Larry has created tools and frameworks for communities to develop comprehensive solutions through multidisciplinary collaboration. Prior to founding Prevention Institute in 1997, Larry served as founding Director of the Contra Costa County Prevention Program, where he engaged the American Cancer Society and the American Heart and Lung Associations in forming the first coalition in the Unites States to change tobacco policy by passing the nation's first multi-city smoking ban.