June 8, 2020

Time is now to invest in public health infrastructure

Capitol Weekly OpEd by Co-Executive Director Lili Farhang about the Schools & Communities First voter initiative and the need for investment in public infrastructure such as healthcare, schools, and housing in this current crisis.
June 3, 2020

Alameda County should create a budget that shows black lives matter

SF Chronicle article by Health Instead of Punishment Director Amber Akemi Piatt calling on Alameda County to reallocate funds from the Sheriff's Office to real solutions for health and safety such as healthcare, housing, and education.
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."
May 4, 2020

The Public Health Risks of Jailing People for Poverty

The Appeal article by Jonathan Ben-Menachem about the ways in which the criminal legal system exacerbates health inequities by criminalizing poverty, featuring HIP's 2020 report "Liberating Our Health: Ending the Harms of Pretrial Incarceration and Money Bail."
April 9, 2020

Activists call for Santa Rita Jail inmates to be released

Pleasanton Weekly article featuring HIP's Health Instead of Punishment director Amber Akemi-Piatt about demands for release of inmates in Santa Rita jail to protect health as COVID-19 cases increase and the sheriff's response.
March 27, 2020

‘Lot of fear’: Coronavirus pandemic compounds dire situation for poor Americans

ABCNews article by Bill Hutchinson featuring HIP co-director Lili Farhang discussing the compounding economic concerns as a result of COVID-19 and its implications for health, especially for low-income community members.
March 26, 2020

As COVID-19 Reaches Santa Rita Jail, Decarceration Becomes More Urgent

Ella Baker Center Emergency Press Release on The San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center (Indybay) demanding decarceration in Alameda County to protect the health of community members, in response to a nurse testing positive for COVID-19 in Santa Rita Jail.
March 25, 2020

Coronavirus: ICE requests 45,000 N95 masks despite dangerous shortage in U.S. hospitals

SF Chronicle article by Tatiana Sanchez on ICE's request for 45,000 N95 masks in spite of the hazardous shortage of masks and other PPE in US hospitals, featuring HIP2 director Amber Akemi Piatt.
March 20, 2020

50+ organizations demand San Francisco release people from jails to mitigate COVID-19 spread

San Francisco Bay View article by Mohamed Shehk from the No New SF Jail Coalition about demands by over 50 service, legal, and community organizations for decarceration in the face of COVID-19 to protect health, referencing HIP's 2020 report "Liberating Our Health: Ending the Harms of Pretrial Incarceration and Money Bail."
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.
March 8, 2020

Paid sick leave is a public health policy

The Hill OpEd by Keshia M. Pollack about the urgent need for paid sick leave to support health equity as well as curtail the spread of COVID-19.
March 2, 2020

Home, Health Go Hand In Hand, According To Policy Group’s Report

Wisconsin Public Radio article by Shamane Mills about the importance of affordable, quality, and stable housing for creating healthy families and communities in Wisconsin, referencing HIP's 2020 report in collaboration with Community Advocates Public Policy Institute, "Home Is Where Our Health Is: Policies to Improve the Health of Renters in Milwaukee and Beyond."
February 25, 2020

Another dubious rubber stamp for a dangerous East Bay jail

SF Chronicle OpEd by Christine Mitchell about the indefensible conclusions come to by the American Correctional Association’s latest audit of Santa Rita Jail.
February 20, 2020

Think tank offers housing recommendations to improve community health

The Cap Times article by Abigail Becker about the solutions to housing affordability, quality, and stability issues in Milwaukee and state-wide on health, referencing HIP's 2020 report in collaboration with Community Advocates Public Policy Institute , "Home Is Where Our Health Is: Policies to Improve the Health of Renters in Milwaukee and Beyond."
February 18, 2020

Home is where the heart is — and lungs, and mind, too

Wisconsin Examiner article by Erik Gunn about the implications of improving housing affordability, quality, and stability, in Milwaukee and state-wide on health, referencing HIP's 2020 report in collaboration with Community Advocates Public Policy Institute , "Home Is Where Our Health Is: Policies to Improve the Health of Renters in Milwaukee and Beyond."
October 10, 2019

Senate panel passes bills to try 17-year-olds as juveniles in crimes

Bridge article by Riley Beggin about Michigan's move to change the age of which criminal defendants are considered adult from 17 to 18, referencing HIP's 2017 report, "Raise the Age: Protecting Kids and Enhancing Public Safety in Michigan."
October 7, 2019

A Link to the Future

Palm Springs Life article by Maggie Downs on the push to construct the CV Link referencing HIP's 2015 report, "CV/Link: Connecting the Coachella Valley, Health Impact Assessment."
September 9, 2019

Lead crisis must have public, swift solution

The Daily Targum editorial piece on lead contamination in Newark and the right to clean water, referencing HIP's 2019 "Achieving Equity in Lead Poisoning Prevention Policy Making" Consensus Conference Summary Report.
August 29, 2019

The Mental and Physical Toll on Gig Economy Laborers

Allure article by Elizabeth King on the physical and mental health impacts of the gig economy referencing HIP's report, "Driving Away Our Health: The Economic Insecurity of Working for Lyft and Uber" in collaboration with Gig Workers Rising.
August 21, 2019

Health Equity Summit to Be Held in Indianapolis Wednesday, August 28

WBIW article on the upcoming Health Equity Summit in Indianapolis hosted by Health by Design, in partnership with the Indiana Public Health Association, Indiana State Department of Health, and Marion County Public Health Department.
August 13, 2019

Report: When Lyft and Uber decrease pay, driver health suffers

SF Examiner article by Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez featuring HIP researcher Martha Ockenfels-Martinez discussing HIP's report, "Driving Away Our Health: The Economic Insecurity of Working for Lyft and Uber" in collaboration with Gig Workers Rising.
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.
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 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.
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."
March 12, 2019

Supes Re-Affirm Big Changes To Urban Shield Training Program

SF Gate article by Bay City News Service on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors vote on 3/12/19 to make sweeping changes to the controversial "Urban Shield" law enforcement training program. Our Health Instead of Punishment Program Director, Amber Akemi Piatt, was present at the meeting and is quoted in the article.
March 11, 2019

Debate: Emergency preparedness in Alameda County, after the end of militarized Urban Shield program

KPFA Radio segment featuring HIP's Health Instead of Punishment Program Director, Amber Akemi Piatt, debating the shuttered Urban Shield program in Alameda County with a representative of the Sheriff's County Department.
February 28, 2019

Do Health Impact Assessments Promote Healthier Decision Making?

Issue Brief from Pew's Health Impact Project detailing findings from a national study of the perspectives of HIA stakeholders, which HIP was on the expert panel of.
January 24, 2019

Opinion: Health impact of tear gas at the border staggering

East Bay Times opinion piece by HIP's Health Instead of Punishment Program Director, Amber Akemi Piatt, on the federal administration's response to migrants seeking asylum on the southern US border.