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Larry Cohen

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Larry Cohen

Founder and Executive Director
Prevention Institute
public health advocacy
anti-smoking laws
laws governing nutrition labels on food
injury prevention in cars and on bicycles and motorcyles
California fluoridation requirements
federal policy regarding maternal and child health


Larry Cohen is executive director and founder of the Oakland-based Prevention Institute. He has been an advocate for public health and prevention since 1972. He was the founding director of the Contra Costa County Prevention Program, where he formed the first coalition in the nation to change tobacco policy. The coalition passed local anti-smoking ordinances and served as a catalyst for other statewide and national efforts, including smoking bans on airplanes and restrictions in public places, restaurants, and workplaces. Cohen also established the Food and Nutrition Policy Consortium, whose work influenced policymakers who created the nation's food labeling law. He also helped shape strategy to secure passage of bicycle and motorcycle helmet laws, strengthen child and adult passenger restraint laws, and establish fluoridation requirements in California. Cohen also participated in a series of forums across the country to shape national injury prevention strategy for SafeUSA. Cohen is senior advisor on violence prevention to the Federal Office of Maternal and Child Health, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He served as co-principal investigator of Partnerships for Preventing Violence in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health. Cohen developed one of the nation's first public health courses on violence prevention at the University of California, Berkeley. His numerous awards include recognition from the American Cancer Society and the Society for Public Health Educators, and the Secretary's Award for Health Promotion from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He received his master's in social work from the State University of New York, Stoneybrook.

221 Oak Street
Oakland  California  94607
United States
Office Phone: 
(510) 444-7738
Office Fax: 
(510) 663-1280


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