February 22, 2021
Illustration of a giant cardboard Amazon box towering over a town

Amazon’s Great Labor Awakening

New York Times Magazine article by Erika Hayasaki on Amazon warehouse workers organizing for labor and health protections in response to the e-commerce giant's unsafe workplace policies, featuring our partners at the Warehouse Worker Resource Center (WWRC).
February 4, 2021
Photograph of a person wearing a mask, standing amidst a crowd outside, holding a large sign over their head that reads "CANCEL RENTS OR PEOPLE DIE"

Eviction Moratorium Is Not Enough: 200+ Groups Demand Rent Cancellation, Debt Relief

Common Dreams article by Andrea Germanos highlights an ad in USA Today sponsored by a broad coalition of national and local groups including HIP, calling on the White House and members of Congress to cancel rent and enact housing debt forgiveness to avert an eviction crisis and save lives.
January 23, 2021
Photograph of an Amazon warehouse: workers sort packages into rows of yellow bins in a large warehouse filled with isles of boxes.

Alabama Amazon Workers to Vote on Union in Midst of Warehouse Health Care Crisis

Random Lengths News article by Mark Friedman highlights Amazon workers' efforts to unionize for labor protections, featuring findings from our recent report with Warehouse Worker Resource Center on how Amazon's workplace policies harm worker health.
January 21, 2021
photo of a worker standing on a step-stool in an Amazon warehouse isle, leaning over to place boxes on a conveyor belt

Workplace surveillance harms essential workers

Othering & Belonging Institute blog post by Martha Ockenfels-Martinez highlights our research on the impacts of workplace surveillance at companies including Amazon, Lyft, and Uber, where surveillance emerges as a key culprit in pushing workers into mental and physical health distress.
January 13, 2021
Photograph of the Santa Rita County Jail (exterior shot, shows sign in front of the building)

Hundreds of COVID-19 Cases at Santa Rita Jail

Davis Vanguard article by Carlin Ross recaps Decarcerate Alameda County's press conference about ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks at Santa Rita Jail, featuring HIP's Amber Akemi Piatt on the continued public health crises of incarceration and policing.
December 18, 2020
Faith leaders, activists and family members hold a public memorial in front of the Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco to honor 17 people who died of COVID-19 while in prison or ICE detention; person in the foreground is pictured wearing a white mask, holding a sign that reads "Michael Fleming Age 59 Rest In Peace"

Health Over Punishment: Organizing Efforts to Stop ICE Transfers in California and Beyond

KCET Power & Health article by our Health Instead of Punishment Director Amber Akemi Piatt and Yadira Sanchez, on the power of coalition building and community organizing for health equity, and how organizers and immigrants in California have created community defense campaigns rooted in love, resistance, and interdependence—to keep each other safe.
December 17, 2020
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Rising rents, stagnant wages leave many Colorado tenants struggling to meet basic needs

Colorado Newsline article by Moe Clark highlights findings from our report, "Stable Homes, Healthy Communities" on the inequitable impacts of the rental affordability crisis, and the need to repeal Colorado’s ban on rental stabilization policies to promote community health. The survey showed how cost burdens are not evenly distributed among all renters. Historic and ongoing housing discrimination and persistent income inequities mean that Black and Latinx households are more likely to rent their homes and to spend a larger portion of their incomes on housing costs.
December 17, 2020
Image of a for sale sign in front of a home in Colorado

Coloradans already struggling to afford housing say coronavirus has made their situation worse

Colorado Sun article by Thy Vo spotlights findings from our report, "Stable Homes, Healthy Communities" on how the worsening rental affordability crisis in Colorado harms health, and forces renters—particularly low-income and people of color communities—to cut back on food and health care to stay in their homes.
October 30, 2020
Photograph: up-close image of seven peoples' hands, each holding a single puzzle piece together in a circle

Forming Partnerships With Public Health Departments, Part 2: How to Make the Connection

Shelterforce article by Human Impact Partners' Logan Harris, Solange Gould, and Megan Gaydos offering tips for community organizations looking to build relationships with local public health departments.
October 29, 2020
Illustration of a scale - on one side, a giant white hand pushes down the scale. On the other, a group of people cling to hold on the the scale.

Connecting the Dots: Health Inequities, Power, and the Potential for Public Health’s Transformational Role

KCET re-publication of a HIP blog post by Jonathan Heller, on the ways power imbalances perpetuate health inequities — and what public health can do to shift power for health.
October 26, 2020
Amber Akemi Piatt wearing a mask, and holding a sign that reads "Health not policing for COVID-19 response" out the window of her car (from a recent car caravan protest in support of the Movement for Black Lives)

Public health over punishment: How advocates can use social math and other tools of media advocacy to communicate about police and prison budgets

Berkeley Media Studies Group blog post by Heather Gehlert and Katherine Schaff spotlights Health Instead of Punishment Director Amber Akemi Piatt on using strategies like social math to renew the call to defend Black lives, clarify demands for abolition, and increase support for reallocating police funds.
October 23, 2020
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Forming Partnerships With Public Health Departments, Part 1: Why It’s a Good Idea

Shelterforce article by Human Impact Partners' Logan Harris, Solange Gould, and Megan Gaydos on what public health practitioners do to advance racial equity, and why building deep relationships with community partners is essential to health equity.
October 9, 2020
Photo of a polling station with sign reading "Voting Area" pictured in foreground

OpEd: Safeguard your health when voting in-person

AJC OpEd by Anne Mellinger-Birdsong and Neha Pathak with contributions from a few of our Georgia-based Public Health Awakened members advocates for health-protecting voting practices this election.
October 9, 2020
Kenzo Hamazaki World Mental Health Day Illustration

Investing in Community Well-being on World Mental Health Day

Talkspace article by Reina Gattuso featuring our Health Instead of Punishment Program Director Amber Akemi Piatt highlights the criminalization of mental illness, as well as the the abolitionist movement to shift resources from incarceration and policing to public health and mental health care.
September 16, 2020
People protesting for an end to ICE transfers.

The health of families depends on being together — stop direct transfers to ICE detention centers

SF Examiner OpEd by Senior Research Associate Sukhdip Purewal Boparai about the health harms of direct transfers to ICE, and the urgent need for Governor Gavin Newsom to prioritize the health of all Californians by issuing an executive order that stops direct ICE transfers.
September 14, 2020

Policing is a public health issue

Michigan Daily OpEd by Michigan University School of Public Health Faculty — some of whom are Public Health Awakened members — speaks to the need to address policing as a public health issue, with a focus on college campuses.
August 3, 2020
Young boy wearing a backpack and mask stands on the sidewalk of a suburban street.

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 10, 2020

Seizing the Moment: Policy Advocacy to End Mass Incarceration in the Time of COVID-19

Health & Behavior article by Meredith Minkler, Joseph Griffin, and Patricia Wakimoto highlighting the HIP Health Instead of Punishment team's policy change tactics and strategies to fight for decarceration during the pandemic.
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."