January 27, 2017

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

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 […]
October 25, 2016

Family Caregiving—A Public Health Crisis

| By Kim Gilhuly | This last year was the hardest one of my life. And I’m writing a blog about it because my personal experience is a public health issue. In the midst of taking vacation time off to help my 80-year old mom move into a retirement community, […]
September 8, 2016

Research and the Arts: Combining Efforts for Policy Change

| By Holly Avey | Several months ago I attended an entertainment event called The Body Political. The show was described by the organizers in the following way: The Body Political is a subversive artistic space created to explore personal stories about our bodies told through performance art. This show […]
August 19, 2016

How “ban-the-box” policies expose deeper problems with racism in hiring

| By Logan Harris | “Ban-the-box” policies are designed to eliminate some of the barriers that people leaving prison face when seeking jobs. These policies disallow employers from asking people about their criminal records during the initial phase of a job application, removing the “box” that an applicant checks to […]
August 9, 2016

Expanding Access to Preschool Could Improve Health and Equity in Cincinnati, August, 2016

| By Holly Avey | One of my favorite things about doing HIAs and other projects at Human Impact Partners is the unexpected “Aha!” moments that occur, when we find something in the research that surprises us. Today, Human Impact Partners and our partners from The AMOS Project are excited […]
July 18, 2016

14 Inside and Outside Strategies to Advance Health Equity within Local Public Health Practice

| By Jonathan Heller & Lili Farhang | Public health leaders from across the country – including organizations like NACCHO and BARHII and individuals like Dr. Tony Iton and Jeanne Ayers – have written extensively about what health equity practice looks like. Thankfully, their insights have a lot in common […]
July 5, 2016

The Long Road Home: Decreasing Barriers to Public Housing for People with Criminal Records

| By Afomeia Tesfai | For individuals with a criminal history, finding affordable and stable housing becomes extremely difficult in a place like the Bay Area, with high cost and limited supply. People with a criminal history can legally be excluded from housing. In a survey from the 2015 Ella Baker […]
June 28, 2016

A Framework Connecting Criminal Justice and Public Health

UPDATE: Our Health Instead of Punishment Program has undergone some exciting updates since we published this blog post. We invite you to learn about our latest work over here. | By Jonathan Heller | HIP has been doing a lot of research about how criminal justice policies and practices affect health. […]
June 23, 2016

Addressing Race & Power to Advance Health Equity: An Infographic

| By Dawn Haney | As HIP works with more community partners and public health departments to advance health equity, we’re looking for new ways to talk with folks about what we mean by equity. This Equity Infographic contains user-friendly, visual content to share with organizations or individuals who may be less […]
May 6, 2016

Together we are Stronger: Intersectionality of Immigration and Incarceration

| By Fabiola Santiago | Last week the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society launched We Too Belong: A Resource Guide of Inclusive Practices in Immigration and Incarceration Law and Policy at a half-day event that brought together the contributors to share their stories, their work, and engage […]
April 28, 2016

Dismantling the Bars on the Birdcage

| By Sara Satinsky | The recently released Coming of Age in the Other America by Stefanie DeLuca, Susan Clampet-Lundquist, and Kathryn Edin asks the question: why do some kids in the poorest neighborhoods thrive and meet their potential despite overwhelming odds when others don’t? As summarized in an excellently […]
March 28, 2016

Strategic Questions to Ask To Explicitly Address Racism and Power in Your Public Health Practice

| By Jonathan Heller | A few months ago, I wrote about the need for public health practitioners who want to advance equity to explicitly address race and power in their work. I received positive feedback, but also found that people are interested in how to actually do this. I […]
March 21, 2016

Public Health Advocates – Stop Waiting for Evidence about Gun Control!

| By Kim Gilhuly | In public health, especially government-run public health departments, we often debate whether there is “enough” evidence, or whether the evidence is “robust” enough, to justify speaking out and becoming an advocate on a particular issue. A bill in the California legislature right now would fund […]
March 13, 2016

How Payday Loan Reforms can Improve Health for the Most Vulnerable Minnesotans

| By Fabiola Santiago | “Every two weeks I was just paying interest. And I think I got frustrated with it because knowing that the interest you’re paying really isn’t even close to what you took, and by the time you know it, you paid more than what you took […]
February 29, 2016

ACEs: A Hidden Epidemic

| By Christine Cissy White | Today’s blog post is written by Christine Cissy White and is a re-post of one originally titled “Boston’s architect of community well-being: Pediatrician Renée Boynton-Jarrett”. The post was first published on February 22, 2016 by ACES Too High News.  The Aces movement is filled […]
February 8, 2016

We Thought it was Good, but not THIS Good: Community Participation in HIA

| By Kim Gilhuly & Holly Avey | When we started this evaluation of how the field of HIA is doing at encouraging community participation in HIA, we have to admit, we had low expectations. But the results are in, and they are much more encouraging then we thought they […]
February 6, 2016

Our Politics are Killing Us

| By Rajiv Bhatia | Today’s blog post is written by Dr. Rajiv Bhatia, a physician, health scientist, Principal of The Civic Engine, and co-founder of HIP. The post was first published on December 18, 2015 by Medium.  Doctors train to find the diseases behind the symptoms and signs. But, […]
January 8, 2016

If we want to advance equity in public health practice, we must address race and power

| By Jonathan Heller | This week’s blog post was originally posted on The Pump Handle on January 7, 2016. Most public health practitioners, and those who work on health impact assessment specifically, want to improve the health of vulnerable populations. Most efforts to do so are well-intentioned, yet they […]
December 10, 2015

Report-back from National Public Health and Criminal Justice Convening

| By Lili Farhang | On November 9, Human Impact Partners and the Vera Institute of Justice co-convened over 40 criminal justice advocates and public health practitioners from around the country at a groundbreaking, first of its kind convening. The event grew out of the idea that health and justice […]
December 8, 2015

Stress on the Streets (SOS): Race, Policing, Health, and Increasing Trust, not Trauma in Ohio

| By Sara Satinsky | Today, Human Impact Partners released a report that examines a critical perspective undervalued in current conversations about policing: the health perspective. Shocking cases of mistreatment, injury, and death grab headlines and go viral on social media; this report fills in the less often discussed mental, […]
November 30, 2015

Ensuring Development in South LA is Equitable, Sustainable, and Community-Led

| By Ramya Sivasubramanian | Today’s blog post is written by Ramya Sivasubramanian, a Staff Attorney at Environmental Justice in Santa Monica, California. The post was first published on November 30, 2015 by Switchboard, the Natural Resources Defense Council Staff Blog.  “Development is not for us, unless it is led […]
October 26, 2015

Assessing Health and Equity Impacts of the Proposed Reef Development Project in South Central Los Angeles

| By Lili Farhang | Today, Human Impact Partners, Esperanza Community Housing, Strategic Action for a Just Economy and other members of the UNIDAD Coalition are releasing the executive summary of the report Assessing Health and Equity Impacts of the Proposed Reef Development Project in South Central Los Angeles. Our […]
October 22, 2015

Development in South LA: A Threat or an Opportunity?

| By Cynthia Strathmann | Today’s guest blog is by SAJE Executive Director, Cynthia Strathmann, PhD. In this blog, she writes about the ripple effects of development in South LA and opportunities for change. It will come as a surprise to absolutely no one that Los Angeles is in the […]
October 13, 2015

Building Hope with Community: The Right to Affordable Housing in South Central Los Angeles

This week’s blog is a repost from Esperanza Community Housing. The post discusses the right to affordable housing in South Central Los Angeles and preliminary findings from HIP’s HIA on a development in the area. The narrative of South Los Angeles has been one of serial displacement. Community residents, primarily […]
October 7, 2015

Accommodating Trauma: Intended & Unintended Effects of an Unusual Legal Strategy

| By Dawn Haney | A group of high school students and teachers in Compton, California are taking their school district to court, claiming their schools are legally required to accommodate the ways that chronic poverty, abuse, and neglect affect their learning. Surprisingly, they are using special education law in […]
October 1, 2015

‘New age trade’ could mean rollbacks on public health – what we found from doing an HIA on the proposed TPP in Australia

| By Katie Hirono | Today’s guest blog is by Katie Hirono from the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation at UNSW Australia. She is one of the co-authors of an HIA on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). Negotiators from the 12 TPP countries are convening this week […]
September 29, 2015

Dignified & Just Policing: Gang Injunctions and Other Policing Practices Have Uncertain Impacts on Community Safety and Health

| By Darío Maciel | Today, HIP and Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities (SABHC) released a report on the health and equity impacts of a gang injunction in the Townsend-Raitt neighborhood of Santa Ana, California. A gang injunction is a controversial policing practice that essentially acts as a group restraining […]