Human Impact Partners brings the power of public health to campaigns and movements for a just society.
To transform the policies and places people need to live healthy lives by increasing the consideration of health and equity in decision-making.
We work with our partners across the following strategies:
- Research — We conduct policy-focused and participatory research to evaluate the health impacts of policies across a range of issues including criminal justice, economic security, immigration, housing, land use, and transportation. Browse our research
- Capacity Building — We provide training, technical assistance, and leadership development to build the capacity of public agencies to take action on the social determinants of health and equity. Learn more about our capacity building
- Advocacy — We amplify the use of public health research, expertise, and framing to support targeted campaigns and movements. Learn more about our advocacy
- Field Building — We mobilize the public health community to contribute its power — knowledge, skills, and resources — and engage in social justice movements to advance health equity.
We’re excited to be a part of a movement to change the field of public health to be more accountable to health equity and the social determinants of health — and especially to the social justice movements that are organizing their way towards healthier and more equitable communities.
Our research has supported community partners to win policy change and resources for low-income communities and communities of color.
- In Wisconsin, our research on treatment alternatives to prison led to a six-fold increase in funding for drug and mental health courts. Another project in Wisconsin led to the Governor calling for a review of how people are sent back to prison when they are perceived to violate technical conditions of community supervision.
- Youth organizers in San Diego used our research to convince the City and neighborhood residents to build a skatepark in their community, and to dispel myths about the sport’s safety and reputation.
- Organizing partners in Los Angeles used our research on the Farmers Field football stadium to win $15 million for a fund to build low-income housing; agreement from the developer to pay the City’s living wage for on-site jobs; and prioritizing “disadvantaged” workers from the area for many project-related jobs.
Our capacity-building work is leading to mindset change within health departments to advance a more transformational health equity practice.
- We’ve built an intentional learning community that positions emerging public health leaders across the country to advance a more radical health equity practice. Those leaders have impacted practices at their health departments and, more importantly, contributed to policy changes that benefit low-income communities and communities of color.
- We’ve brought targeted training and technical assistance to local health departments on how to implement strategic practices that explicitly address issues of power and oppression in their work.
Our advocacy and mobilizing are building a movement for health equity.
- Over 1,000 public health professionals have joined Public Health Awakened and are using their energy to protect communities against the harms being advanced at the federal level.
- Health professionals are turning out to use their power and voice in support of issues like bail reform, immigration, paid sick days, minimum wage, and wage theft.
- Organizers are using health evidence and framing in their campaigns, and greater discussion of health impacts in policy-making settings.
We’re grateful to Fernando Martí for the illustrations throughout the website, and to Megan Woo for her web development skills that brought it all to life.