September 27, 2018

Breaking Down Forms of Power (so we know what we’re up against)

HIP blog post by Jonathan Heller on the different types of power that intersect with different forms of racism (internal, interpersonal, institutional, and structural) and perpetuate health inequities.
September 14, 2018

Thank you, Miss Michigan, for lifting up the public health threat of lead exposure!

HIP blog post by Sukh Purewal Boparai on efforts to advance lead exposure policymaking by prioritizing equity.
July 20, 2018

3 Recent Supreme Court Decisions and Implications for Health Equity

HIP blog post by Sari Bilick, Logan R. Harris, and Sukhdip Purewal Boparai on the health equity implications of recent Supreme Court decisions.
July 9, 2018

The Attack on Families Goes Beyond Detention and Deportation

HIP blog post by Paul J. Fleming and William D. Lopez on the parallel nature of immigration and criminal justice policies that lead to unnecessary family separation among marginalized communities.
June 11, 2018

Rallying Against Family Separation in Our Communities

HIP blog post by Maribel Sierra, on attending the #FamiliesBelongTogether National Day of Action event in Oakland on June 1, 2018.
May 3, 2018

Listen, Love, and Build Power: 3 Things I Learned at the Equity Summit

HIP blog post by Martha Ockenfels-Martinez, on her takeaways from PolicyLink's Equity Summit in Chicago.
April 18, 2018

Centering Power: The Leading Edge in Health Equity Philanthropy

Originally published as a blog post for the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, our own Lili lists HIP's recommendations for philanthropic organizations to advance health equity.
April 16, 2018

6 Pro-Tips from Health Equity Champions

HIP blog post by Megan Gaydos, highlighting recommendations to advance health equity discussed during the Health Equity Guide's "Advancing Health Equity in Local Health Departments Webinar Series."
March 12, 2018

What You Need to Know About Census 2020 and Equity

HIP blog post by Sari Bilick and Jonatha Heller, highlighting three things we're tracking, as Census 2020 shapes up, that could jeopardize health and equity
March 5, 2018

Using HIA as a Tool to Dismantle Infant Mortality Inequities in Ohio

| By Amy Bush Stevens, Health Policy Institute of Ohio | At the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, we’re committed to pushing for a health policy agenda that takes into consideration all the factors beyond medical care that shape our health. Over the past few years, we’ve been filling our […]
January 8, 2018

I was 15, and I turned my life around

|By Andrew Kruszewski, Introduction by Celia Harris | This post is part of our Human Impact Stories Series (HISS!), where we thread together the narratives of folks’ experiences with the institutional practices and policies that greatly determine health. I had the pleasure of interviewing Andrew Kruszewski for our research report […]
November 21, 2017

Police violence is a public health issue, but not according to APHA’s Governing Council

| By Sari Bilick | Earlier this month I attended my first American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting, joining 12,000 other public health professionals in an overwhelming four days of speakers, panels, networking — and yes, protest! Last year, the APHA Governing Council temporarily passed a policy statement, “Law Enforcement Violence […]
November 16, 2017

Changing the ‘tough on crime’ narrative

| By Jonathan Heller | Here’s our vision for how a U.S. Attorney General’s op ed could lift up a transformational narrative on crime and justice.  Instead, every day, we are bombarded with a particular ‘tough on crime’ narrative: our leaders and the media telling us that crime is rising and […]
November 3, 2017

Take Action! #TaxesAreGood for Health

Every day in our country, communities accomplish remarkable things using the resources we maintain together. Our roads, our clean air, our public schools, our parks, and our health departments are just a small part of the collective investment — through our taxes — that keeps everyone moving forward. Investments in public goods provide benefits […]
October 26, 2017

I left whole, I returned in pieces

| By Pamela Winn, Introduction by Kim Gilhuly | We are kicking off a semi-regular series to place the human impact stories of our research and advocacy work front and center. In the Human Impact Stories Series (HISS!), we’ll thread together the narratives of folks’ experiences with the institutional practices […]
August 21, 2017
Pamela Chomba at Netroots Nation 2017

Finding inspiration at Netroots Nation

| By Ana Tellez | I was lucky enough to attend Netroots Nation earlier this month, representing Human Impact Partners at the largest annual gathering of the progressive movement in the US. The conference was headlined by big names like civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and former Vice President […]
August 16, 2017

Let’s Stand with Charlottesville

We condemn the actions of the White supremacists and neo-nazis who gathered and violently attacked peaceful protesters in the name of racism. White supremacy, terrorism, and racial violence contradict our collective vision of a safe and healthy society.
June 26, 2017
MA Legislature

Notes from the Field: Should We Lock Up Parents of Young Children?

| By Kim Gilhuly | It was 8:00 pm, but people stayed. It was 8:00 pm last Monday night, at the end of a long day hearing 20 bills in Massachusetts Legislature. But people stayed. Teens skipped their normal Monday afternoon and night to speak powerfully — and clearly reached legislators’ ears — about having […]
June 19, 2017

Past and Present Racial Wealth Imbalances Don’t Have to Tell Our Future

| By Holly Avey | Earlier this year, I published a post talking about the wealth inequities of proposed federal policies. (Remember: wealth = assets minus debts). Beyond talking about how these changes would heap more money on the rich while starving the poor, we also need to discuss the huge […]
June 2, 2017
Definition of beachhead

Activating Public Health as the Beachhead to Advance Equity in Government

|By Jonathan Heller | Last week, I was in Los Angeles for the Advancing Health Equity Awards, and I co-facilitated the workshop that followed the ceremony: Using Inside/Outside Strategies to Advance Health Equity in Partnership with Social Justice Movements. It was incredibly inspiring to see what public health departments around the state are […]
April 24, 2017
Open books

Highlighting the Humans of HIP: Sara

| By Gus Alexander | As a research assistant here at HIP, it was required that I believe research can affect positive change. And I do. I believe that research has a role to play for social justice. Just like the Black Panther Party used research to deconstruct biomedical claims […]
April 3, 2017
White House

Keep Your Eyes on the Money: The Wealth Inequities of Current Policy Changes

| By Holly Avey | Let’s talk about wealth inequities. The current presidential administration, including the vice president, the chief of staff, and the emerging cabinet, have more wealth than one-third of Americans combined. Concentrated wealth creates concentrated power. And indications suggest that this particular group of very wealthy individuals may be more […]
March 21, 2017
Visual of ways Trump's agenda is harmful to health

Trump’s toxic budget and fighting for the people’s health

| By Nancy Krieger, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health | Follow the money. This old adage could not be more true now, as applied to the Trump Administration’s budget, released on March 16, 2017.1 This cruel and greedy document (in so many ways) 2–6 savages everything that we in public health and so many others know is necessary for people, […]
February 6, 2017

Tell me what you’re for, not what you’re against

| By Sara Satinsky | “What can I do?” It’s the question we at Human Impact Partners are asking ourselves, each other, and pretty much anyone who will discuss it — and one that we hear swirling in the streets during these post-inauguration days. A powerhouse panel took on this question at […]
February 6, 2017

Public Health Awakened: A movement whose time is now

Donald Trump made many promises on the campaign trail, many of which were unconscionable to those working to advance health, equity, and justice. Those promises and the harmful and hateful rhetoric of the campaign are well embodied in Trump’s 100 Days Plan — a set of proposals articulating the Administration’s agenda and […]
February 1, 2017

Revocations in Wisconsin: Update on Report Release

| By Sara Satinsky | Last month, we were truly honored to join partners WISDOM and EX-Prisoners Organizing in person to release the new report: Excessive Revocations in Wisconsin: The Health Impacts of Locking People Up without a New Conviction. Despite frigid temperatures in Wisconsin, people came out. Across the state […]
January 27, 2017
Family photo of Jonathan Heller, his mom, and his brother

Immigrant rights are under attack, what public health should do to fight back

| By Jonathan Heller | President Trump’s 100 day plan includes deporting 2 million undocumented residents from the US. The plan represents a massive increase in scale and speed of deportations. Trump says he will focus on deporting undocumented people with criminal records. With fewer of them in the US now as […]
November 28, 2016

How Public Health Can Show Up (for Police Reform)

| By Sara Satinsky | A mandate of public health is to improve health equity, promote public safety, advance prevention, and strive for social justice. With this in mind, as I process the results of the election and the uncharted, unprecedented future there is a whisper of a question that’s […]
November 11, 2016

Heartbroken but determined

There’s no way around it: we are heartbroken. The election of misogyny, White supremacy, and LGBTQ hate into the White House in 2016 is a blow to our hearts, our minds, and our souls. We are in deep pain for the many who already live in trepidation of their rights, […]
October 27, 2016
Charlene Sinclair

Gratitude for Being Invited into a New Community

| By Kim Gilhuly | In mid-September, I attended A Women’s Gathering on Criminalization and Community Health Inequities. The gathering was different in many ways, but one aspect of it really stood out: We were being invited into a community that most of us knew very little about, a community of women […]