We support public health organizations to center equity

At HIP, we partner with governmental public health and other public health organizations to help them expand their analysis of and adjust their practices to what’s needed to achieve health equity. Learn more about our Capacity Building Program.

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Health Departments Taking Action on Incarceration: A Framework for Advancing Health Instead of Punishment During COVID-19
Health Departments Taking Action on Incarceration: A Framework for Advancing Health Instead of Punishment During COVID-19
January 2021 —

The COVID-19 pandemic — and the large number of cases and deaths in jails, prisons, annd detention centers — has laid bare the urgent need for decarceration as a public health strategy. This resource includes 8 recommendations and specific actions health departments can take to address the harms of incarceration.

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Ensuring Equity in COVID-19 Planning, Response, and Recovery Decision Making
Ensuring Equity in COVID-19 Planning, Response, and Recovery Decision Making
December 2020 —

HIP developed this Equity Lens Tool in partnership with Big Cities Health Coalition to support health departments in more directly and routinely addressing equity in COVID-19 planning, response, and recovery decision making.

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5 Ways Health Departments Can Help Ensure Healthy Voting
5 Ways Health Departments Can Help Ensure Healthy Voting
October 2020 —

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 actions health departments can take to ensure healthy voting.

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How Health Departments Can Address Police Violence As a Public Health Issue
How Health Departments Can Address Police Violence As a Public Health Issue
September 2020 —

Owing to the collective work of movement builders and advocates, the field of public health has begun to reckon with the longstanding and well documented health impacts of policing and incarceration. This resource includes 5 recommendations and specific actions for health departments to take to help end police violence.

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How Health Departments Can Advance Safety and Health in Protests, During a Pandemic
How Health Departments Can Advance Safety and Health in Protests, During a Pandemic
June 2020 —

Communities across the US are protesting in response to the ongoing police killings of Black people and to wider social conditions that demonstrate a history of structural violence and racism against communities of color. Here are 5 steps that local and state health departments can take to protect public health in the context of these uprisings and demonstrate support for protesters’ and their demands.

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Health Equity Guide Webinar Series
Health Equity Guide Webinar Series
August 2018 —

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.

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Developing a Transformational Criminal Justice Narrative: A Toolkit
Developing a Transformational Criminal Justice Narrative: A Toolkit
March 2018 —

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.

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Health Solutions Create Safety: A Menu of Policies and Programs
Health Solutions Create Safety: A Menu of Policies and Programs
February 2018 —

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.

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Updated Equity Metrics for Health Impact Assessment Practice
Updated Equity Metrics for Health Impact Assessment Practice
November 2016 —

The Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment’s Equity Workgroup (which HIP was a member of) published this planning and evaluation framework to help practitioners plan their approach to addressing equity in their HIA.

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HIA Training Materials
HIA Training Materials
September 2016 —

An example of our training binder that HIP uses when it conducts a two-day HIA training. Includes slides, worksheets, exercises, and other resources that we use over the course of the training.

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Public Health Departments in California and Criminal Justice System Reform: Successes, Barriers, and Recommendations for Action
Public Health Departments in California and Criminal Justice System Reform: Successes, Barriers, and Recommendations for Action
July 2016 —

An assessment of the barriers and successes that public health departments have experienced in participating in criminal justice system reform, with recommendations for action.

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Connecting the Dots: An Evaluation of LACDPH HIAs of the Parks After Dark and Women’s Re-Entry Court Programs
Connecting the Dots: An Evaluation of LACDPH HIAs of the Parks After Dark and Women’s Re-Entry Court Programs
June 2016 —

Process and impact evaluation of LACDPH Parks After Dark and Women’s Re-Entry Court HIAs.

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Communicating about Equity in HIA: A Guide for Practitioners
Communicating about Equity in HIA: A Guide for Practitioners
March 2016 —

The Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment’s Equity Workgroup (which HIP was a member of) developed this guide to aid HIA practitioners in how to communicate around equity within HIA while purposefully advancing equity.

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Community Participation in Health Impact Assessments: A National Evaluation
Community Participation in Health Impact Assessments: A National Evaluation
January 2016 —

A two-year study that looked at how community participation impacted core HIA values like democracy and equity, and how participation affected the success of the HIA.

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Example of a Rapid HIA Model
Example of a Rapid HIA Model
January 2015 —

HIP developed and implemented a new model for conducting rapid HIAs. This model aimed to conduct an HIA within a short decision-making timeline, while maintaining a high level of stakeholder engagement in the process.

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HIA Minimum Elements and Practice Standards for HIA
HIA Minimum Elements and Practice Standards for HIA
September 2014 —

HIA practitioners, including HIP, developed and published this document to provide minimum elements and standards for practice in HIA.

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Where Health, Planning, and Community Empowerment Meet: A Rapid Health Impact Assessment Model and its Application in LA
Where Health, Planning, and Community Empowerment Meet: A Rapid Health Impact Assessment Model and its Application in LA
June 2014 —

Abstract: There has been a surge of interest in Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in the United States, contributing to a range of practices that vary in their effort, duration, and complexity.

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HIA Summary Guides
HIA Summary Guides
March 2014 —

Two-page summaries that walk through each of the steps in HIA, as well as community participation in HIA.

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How the Alameda County Public Health Department is Addressing the Social Determinants of Health
How the Alameda County Public Health Department is Addressing the Social Determinants of Health
March 2014 —

HIP published this brief to document how the Alameda County Public Health Department transformed its culture and practice to focus on non-traditional policies that impact health inequities while continuing to provide traditional and essential public health services and programming.

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HIA for Organizers
HIA for Organizers
December 2013 —

HIP published this paper to highlight for community organizers how a health perspective broadly, and Health Impact Assessment specifically, can be an effective strategy in organizing campaigns, and can be used to build community power and bring about policy wins.

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FAQs about Integrating HIA into EIA
FAQs about Integrating HIA into EIA
November 2013 —

HIP developed this set of questions and answers to support people interested in better understanding how HIA relates to the field of Environmental Impact Assessment.

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Promoting Equity Through HIA
Promoting Equity Through HIA
March 2013 —

The Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment’s Equity Workgroup (which HIP is a member of) published this primer on: 1) how HIA practitioners and equity advocates can ensure that the practice of HIA maintains a strong focus on promoting equity and 2) how HIA can be used as a tool to support equitable decision-making processes and outcomes.

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HIA Fact Sheet
HIA Fact Sheet
February 2013 —

A quick summary of the who, what, when, where and why of HIA (English, Spanish) + video of HIA.

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Guidance and Best Practices for Stakeholder Participation
Guidance and Best Practices for Stakeholder Participation
March 2012 —

A national workgroup of HIA practitioners (which HIP was a member of) developed this resource to show practitioners how to effectively and meaningfully involve diverse stakeholders at every stage of an HIA.

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Improving Health in the United States: The Role of Health Impact Assessment
Improving Health in the United States: The Role of Health Impact Assessment
November 2011 —

The National Research Council of the National Academies of Science published this book in 2011 to provide a definition, framework, and criteria for HIA, as well as to discuss issues in and challenges to the development and practice of HIA.

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Enhancing Benefits in Health Impact Assessment through Stakeholder Consultation
Enhancing Benefits in Health Impact Assessment through Stakeholder Consultation
September 2011 —

Abstract: Stakeholder consultation is a key mechanism in impact assessment. It not only helps identify what benefits may occur, but the process of consultation itself may also generate positive outcomes.

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Using HIA in Community Development to Improve Air Quality and Public Health
Using HIA in Community Development to Improve Air Quality and Public Health
April 2011 —

Abstract: Air pollution contributes to asthma, allergies, lung function impairment,
cardiovascular disease, and premature mortality. Transit-oriented development,
roadway expansion, new residential and commercial development, and pollution
mitigation projects impact local and regional air quality…

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A Health Impact Assessment Toolkit: A Handbook to Conducting HIA
A Health Impact Assessment Toolkit: A Handbook to Conducting HIA
February 2011 —

HIP developed this toolkit to introduce and define HIA, describe each step of the HIA process, and discuss other aspects of HIA such as collaboration and when to use HIA.

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HIA: A Guide for Practice
HIA: A Guide for Practice
January 2011 —

Dr. Rajiv Bhatia (one of HIP’s co-founders) developed this guide to support practitioners in the field. It describes the key tasks and activities for HIA as well as the issues and challenges that arise in the course of practice.

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Building Local Capacity for HIA: Lessons for Local Public Health
Building Local Capacity for HIA: Lessons for Local Public Health
January 2010 —

Health impact assessment (HIA) offers public health practitioners a concrete way to influence the social and environmental determinants of health and health inequities.

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Humboldt County General Plan Update HIA: A Case Study
Humboldt County General Plan Update HIA: A Case Study
September 2009 —

Abstract: As a tool for deliberately planning for and optimizing the ways in which we design our environments, Health Impact Assessment (HIA) holds promise for achieving environmental justice and health equity…

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