Human Impact Partners

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
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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.
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.
December 3, 2019
Photo of Jonathan Heller with a quote asking for financial contributions to HIP.

Goodbye for now, thank you, and a final request

Friday is my last day at Human Impact Partners. After 14 years, I’ll be leaving HIP in the incredibly capable hands of the HIP team: my long-time co-leader and thought partner, Lili Farhang, our dedicated Board, and HIP’s amazing staff...
August 7, 2019
Quote from statement: "Just as we must treat gun violence as a public health epidemic, we must root out white supremacy and directly confront white nationalism.

HIP Statement Against White Nationalist Violence

We at Human Impact Partners are feeling the anguish, fear, and pulls of despair over the mass shootings in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton — all within a week. We, like a lot of you, are both numb and heartbroken. It’s hard to constantly face the volume of mass shootings we are collectively witnessing across the US...
July 6, 2019

Census important for public health

The Daily Sentinel opinion piece by Courtney Midkiff on the role of public health and specifically the Meigs County Health Department in Ohio, to shape and use the census to advance public health.
July 3, 2019

Catch HIP in Orlando at NACCHO Annual 2019

Come say hi to Amber, Ana, and Jonathan at the NACCHO Annual Meeting in Orlando July 9 to 11. Join us for a Public Health Awakened happy hour on Tuesday and come participate at our sessions on power, health equity, and immigration on Wednesday and Thursday.
June 18, 2019

Leadership Transition and Continuity at Human Impact Partners

Dear Friends, I am excited to share that after almost 14 amazing years leading Human Impact Partners, I will be stepping down as Co-Director in December . . .
June 2, 2019

California makes strides in juvenile justice, but more must be done

San Francisco Chronicle opinion piece by Spencer Whitney on juvenile justice reform in California, referencing HIP's 2017 report, "Juvenile Injustice: Charging Youth as Adults is Ineffective, Biased, and Harmful."
May 29, 2019

Bay Area Takes Steps Towards Resilience in the Face of Climate Crisis

HIP blog post by Amber Akemi Piatt on the shift of preparedness resources to advance health equity in Northern California.
May 27, 2019

Upcoming Webinar: Advocating for More Equitable Lead Poisoning Prevention Policy

Advocates working on lead poisoning prevention policy are invited to join us on 6/17 for a 1-hour webinar to discuss how elected and government officials can develop and implement policies that center equity and support the needs of communities most impacted by lead poisoning.
May 9, 2019

Justices to rule on census citizenship question, with much more than voting rights at stake

Yahoo News article by Kadia Tubman on the potential consequences, including for health, of adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.
April 30, 2019

Springtime Opportunity to Become a Health Justice Advocate

Are you a health professional living or working in Alameda County who believes in health equity and wants to get more involved in criminal justice reform efforts? If so, read on!
March 29, 2019

HIP Happenings: research, advocacy, and health equity capacity building updates for early 2019

Catch up on our research releases, advocacy activities and resources, and health equity capacity building updates from early 2019. Issues in this issue: payday lending, lead poisoning prevention, and law enforcement violence.
March 26, 2019

Listen, Love, and Build Power (Part 2): Lessons to Guide Public Health Research

HIP blog post by Martha Ockenfels-Martinez on 3 ways to center community in public health research.
March 24, 2019

Payday loans are bad for your health, study says. Springfield residents share stories

Springfield News-Leader article by Jackie Rehwald on a press conference to release the HIP report, "When Poverty Makes You Sick: The Intersection of Health and Predatory Lending in Missouri."
March 12, 2019

Advocates lobby against predatory loan companies

KOMU 8 article by Antoinette Miller, on Missouri Faith Voices lobby day in Jefferson City, MO, where they distributed HIP's February 2019 research report, "When Poverty Makes You Sick: The Intersection of Health and Predatory Lending in Missouri."