Human Impact Partners

October 20, 2020
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✅ We’re Voting for Health Equity! 2020 Election Actions, Tools, and Resources

Check out our 2020 Election Special for actions, tools, and resources to mobilize to defend the vote and advance health equity. Because this election, we have the power to transform the terrain that our collective health depends on.
October 15, 2020

5 Ways Health Departments Can Help Ensure Healthy Voting

A healthy democracy is critical for healthy communities, and health departments have a critical role to play to ensure that all communities have a say in the conditions and decisions that impact their lives. Here are five ways health departments can help ensure healthy voting and protect election integrity.
October 15, 2020

The Long Game: approaching the 2020 election as a strategy for health equity

Blog post by Solange Gould, Sophia Simon-Ortiz, and Shannon Tracey on how we're engaging the 2020 election as part of a long-game strategy to cultivate collective health, and harnessing the power of our votes to dismantle systemic oppression.
October 9, 2020
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Investing in Community Well-being on World Mental Health Day

Talkspace article by Reina Gattuso featuring our Health Instead of Punishment Program Director Amber Akemi Piatt highlights the criminalization of mental illness, as well as the the abolitionist movement to shift resources from incarceration and policing to public health and mental health care.
October 6, 2020
HIP CA Voter Guide: Prop 15-Yes, Prop 16-Yes, Prop 17-Yes, Prop 20-No, Prop 21-Yes, Prop 22-No

📣 Our 2020 CA Voter Guide: Public Health is on the Ballot!

Public health is on the ballot this November! In our new 2020 California Voter Guide, we're sharing our positions on several key propositions that will have a lasting impact on the health, wellbeing, and equity of our communities.
September 29, 2020
Tien Pham with his family at his high school graduation

Fear of the Unknown: How ICE transfers impact the health of immigrants and their families

Blog post by Dr. Christine Mitchell highlights our research on the health impacts of direct transfers from prisons and jails to ICE, including an interview with Lien Pham and Narissa Pham about how their brother Tien's transfer to ICE has impacted them and their loved ones.
September 23, 2020
HIP Updates, Resources, and Tools to Build Health Equity

HIP Quarterly: New health equity resources, our latest research, mobilizing to #DefendTheVote4PH, and more!

What you'll find in this issue: resources for health departments to confront police violence, research on a more equitable model of housing development in Santa Fe and the health harms of ICE transfers, mobilizing to #DefendTheVote4PH, capacity building highlights, HIP's 2020-2024 Strategic Plan, and more!
September 17, 2020
Yes On 15: Public Health Phone Bank 09/22, 5:30-8:30pm PT

Public Health Phone Bank for Prop 15! Join us Tuesday, September 22 to put Schools and Communities First

Join us next Tuesday, September 22nd, 5:30-8:30pm for our public health phone bank to talk to your community about the critical need to pass Prop 15 to bring $12 billion per year into California's schools and local services.
September 16, 2020
People protesting for an end to ICE transfers.

The health of families depends on being together — stop direct transfers to ICE detention centers

SF Examiner OpEd by Senior Research Associate Sukhdip Purewal Boparai about the health harms of direct transfers to ICE, and the urgent need for Governor Gavin Newsom to prioritize the health of all Californians by issuing an executive order that stops direct ICE transfers.
September 14, 2020
Police Violence is a Public Health Crisis

How Health Departments Can Address Police Violence As a Public Health Issue

Our new resource offers 5 recommendations and specific actions for health departments to take to help end police violence.
September 14, 2020

Policing is a public health issue

Michigan Daily OpEd by Michigan University School of Public Health Faculty — some of whom are Public Health Awakened members — speaks to the need to address policing as a public health issue, with a focus on college campuses.
September 4, 2020

Delivering Health: How Disinvestment and Sabotage at the USPS Threatens Public Health

Blog post by the Human Impact Partners team on how a fully functioning and funded United States Postal Service is critical for public health, along with actions you can take to support USPS in light of recent threats to service and budget cuts.
August 25, 2020

NEW research and action tools! Stop ICE Transfers: Promoting Health, Unifying Families, Healing Communities

Research brief, media toolkit, and resources to address the health impacts of direct transfers from California prisons and jails to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
August 5, 2020

Our North Star Amidst Uncertainty: Announcing the HIP 2020–2024 Strategic Plan

Blog post by our Co-Directors Lili Farhang and Solange Gould introducing HIP's 2020-2024 Strategic Plan, and sharing our renewed clarity around HIP's mission, vision, values, theory of change, and the impacts we want to have in the world.
August 3, 2020
Young boy wearing a backpack and mask stands on the sidewalk of a suburban street.

Health Experts Demand Paid Leave Before Schools Reopen

Huffington Post article by Tara Golshan featuring HIP's Co-Director Solange Gould on why hundreds of health experts are calling for universal paid family and sick leave as a necessary measure for school reopening.
July 16, 2020

Judge rules against White House, upholds California’s ban on private detention centers

Border Report news segment by Salvador Rivera, featuring HIP's Health Instead of Punishment director Amber Akemi Piatt, on Thursday's ruling upholding California's ban on for-profit detention centers and prisons in the state.
July 9, 2020

Advierten de la necesidad de liberar a detenidos en las cárceles de California

La Opinión article by Nidia Bautista featuring HIP's Health Instead of Punishment program director Amber Akemi Piatt on the heightened public health risks posed by incarceration during the pandemic.
July 6, 2020

Elected officials, advocates call on Newsom to suspend transfers to ICE during pandemic

Desert Sun article by Rebecca Plevin highlights state and local leaders, advocacy groups, and public health experts including HIP's Dr. Christine Mitchell calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to stop transferring immigrants who have been released from California jails and prisons to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement during COVID-19.
June 26, 2020

Reflections on Adopting a Racial Justice Framework for Human Impact Partners

Reflections from our Co-Director Lili Farhang on developing a racial justice framework with underlying ideas, principles, and practices to deepen our approach to racial justice.
June 24, 2020

Event: Join us on 7/8 for Policing as a Public Health Issue – Diving Deeper into Police Abolition

Human Impact Partners is excited to host another opportunity for public health practitioners to engage in conversation about policing as a public health issue. Join us on Wednesday, July 8, at 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET for a deeper look at police abolition as a strategy for health equity.
June 10, 2020

Seizing the Moment: Policy Advocacy to End Mass Incarceration in the Time of COVID-19

Health & Behavior article by Meredith Minkler, Joseph Griffin, and Patricia Wakimoto highlighting the HIP Health Instead of Punishment team's policy change tactics and strategies to fight for decarceration during the pandemic.
May 18, 2020
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Ready to Imagine Another World

Introductory blog post by Solange Gould, HIP's new Co-Director.
May 14, 2020

Ockenfels-Martinez: Abandoning essential workers is a public health issue

Op-ed by HIP Research Associate Martha Ockenfels-Martinez on the critical need for cities to pass paid sick leave to support worker health, and the role gig companies play in creating barriers to health equity. The op-ed references HIP's 2019 research report, "Driving Away Our Health: The Economic Insecurity of Working for Lyft and Uber."
March 26, 2020
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Here’s How to Ensure California’s Paid Family Leave is Available to All Workers

Blog post by Sukhdip Purewal Boparai on recommendations from HIP's research in 2018 with The Work & Family Coalition, to ensure that California's Paid Family Leave is offered equitably to all workers.
March 14, 2020
Action shot of Amber Akemi Piatt at a Close The Camps Rally in August 2019.

Taking Action for Health, Justice, and Belonging in the Age of COVID-19

The Health Instead of Punishment Program Team speaks out on the need to take action for health, justice, and belonging in the age of COVID-19.
March 12, 2020
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HIP is looking for a Communications Director

Human Impact Partners is looking for a Communications Director. Applications due by 4:00 pm PT, April 2, 2020.
March 11, 2020

Low-Income Communities Are Most at Risk from Coronavirus Outbreak

Spotlight on Poverty Commentary by Lili Farhang on the intersection between economic security, the novel coronavirus, and health equity.
January 7, 2020
Text: "Meet Our New Co-Director" on a dark night background with mountains. A green HIP logo sits below the text.

Meet Our New Co-Director

We are writing with the exciting news that Solange Gould will join Lili as Co-Director of Human Impact Partners in February 2020. We are delighted to bring Solange's vision, experience, care, and values to our team at HIP.
December 24, 2019
Participants from Public Health Awakened's first national organizing training in October 2019. Large group of people raising their hands in action.

Closing out 2019, ready for 2020 and beyond!

What you'll find in this issue: our newest research out of Florida, the latest in our organizing work with public health practitioners, highlights from work across California to advance equity, advocacy updates, and saying good bye to our co-founder and co-director Jonathan Heller.
December 12, 2019
Cover page of the Our Homes, Our Health report with images of manufactured home communities and Margie, a FL resident and community leader.

*NEW* Research — Our Homes, Our Health: Ensuring Climate and Housing Justice for Florida’s Manufactured Home Communities

Research report in partnership with Manufactured Housing Action (MHAction), revealing intersecting threats — of exploitative community owner practices, destructive climate disasters, and ineffective disaster recovery programs — to the health and well-being of Florida’s manufactured home community residents.