We use public health research to support social justice movements.
Being researchers doesn’t preclude us in public health from also advocating for changes that advance health and equity. We build partnerships between public health and social justice groups to help public health learn to use its power — knowledge, skills, and resources — to be an ally to community organizing partners and movements.
We’re also mobilizing public health for health, equity, and justice through Public Health Awakened.
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Liberating Our Health: Ending the Harms of Pretrial Incarceration and Money Bail
National research report on the pathways through which pretrial incarceration and money bail impact health with considerations for how to prioritize community health instead of punishment. We partnered with Faith in Florida for the first county-specific research brief to inform local policy decisions.
Achieving Equity in Lead Poisoning Prevention Policy Making
A report synthesizing deliberations from a national meeting to improve the consideration of equity in lead poisoning prevention policy making.
Keeping Kids and Parents Together: A Healthier Approach to Sentencing in MA, TN, LA
We partnered with Free Hearts in Tennessee, Operation Restoration in Louisiana, and Families for Justice & Healing in Massachusetts to research the health and equity impacts of expanding the use of community-based alternatives to incarceration for convicted parents in each of those states. We produced state-specific reports and fact sheets to inform policy decision-making at the state level on this important issue.
Schools and Communities First: California Prop 13 Reform Campaign Support
In support of the Schools and Communities First campaign to reform commercial property tax in California, we developed a set of materials to showcase how restoring county resources can advance health equity. We are also mobilizing public health to join the campaign to pass a statewide proposition which will be on the California ballot in November 2020.
Health Equity Guide Webinar Series
HealthEquityGuide.org is a resource with inspiring examples of how health departments have concretely advanced health equity — both internally within their departments and externally with communities and other government agencies.
#HealthyHours: Fair Workweek Advocacy
Research and organizing tools on how unstable work hours affect the health and mental health of workers and families.
Developing a Transformational Criminal Justice Narrative: A Toolkit
The Narrative Development Toolkit is a resource intended to support community organizers and health equity advocates in developing, using, and adapting transformational narratives to advance equity in the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems. This resource was developed by a workgroup of the National Criminal Justice and Public Health Alliance.
Health Solutions Create Safety: A Menu of Policies and Programs
Health Solutions Create Safety is a robust list of 36 replicable programs or interventions and 25 policies that respond to social challenges with public health solutions rather than punitive criminal justice processes. This resource was developed by a workgroup of the National Criminal Justice and Public Health Alliance to help communities achieve shared safety.
Raise the Age: Protecting Kids and Enhancing Public Safety in Michigan
We produced a report evaluating the health and equity impacts of charging 17-year-olds in juvenile court rather than adult court in Michigan. We also mobilized public health to join the campaign to pass Raise the Age legislation in Michigan.
Bail Reform California Campaign Support
In 2017, we mobilized public health support for the early California Money Bail Reform Act. In 2018 the Act changed significantly, and many of the original sponsors withdrew their support. The materials here reflect early versions of the Act.