June 3, 2021
Photo of the exterior of a Walmart store shows a crowded parking lot

Walmart’s inadequate paid sick leave cost lives. It needs to change

Fortune commentary by William J. Barber II and Cynthia Murray on why Walmart must create a pandemic task force to prevent future COVID-19 outbreaks in its stores, featuring findings from our report in partnership with United For Respect.
June 2, 2021
Two people wearing protective masks while looking at a wine bottle, shopping in a Walmart store on May 18, 2021 in Hallandale Beach, Florida.

Activist to Board: Walmart Employees Worked in Fear During Pandemic

Newsmax article by Charles Kim on workers' efforts to push Walmart to institute a workers' council following the retail giant's failure to provide employees with an accessible paid sick time policy.
June 2, 2021
Photo of a car in motion driving past a building with a large Walmart sign and logo on it

Walmart workers ‘feared for their lives’ due to Covid, executives told

The Guardian article by Amanda Holpuch on Walmart workers' demands for creation of a workers' advisory council, featuring HIP's recent research on the need for a accessible paid sick time policy to support workers' health.
May 2, 2021
Image of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) logo

Preparing for an eviction tidal wave

Albuquerque Journal editorial by AJ North Editorial Board highlights findings from our report in partnership with Chainbreaker Collective on the health impacts of the evictions crisis in Santa Fe, NM, and the urgent need to strengthen renter protections.
April 29, 2021
Photograph of the exterior of a Walmart store shows the store's sign

Paid Sick Leave Could Have Prevented 7,500 Cases of Covid at Walmart

Jezebel article by Emily Alford spotlights findings from our recent report in partnership with United For Respect on how Walmart could have prevented 7,500 covid-19 infections and 133 deaths among associates with an effective paid sick leave policy.
April 28, 2021

Two weeks’ paid sick leave at Walmart could have prevented 7,500 Covid cases, report finds

The Guardian article by Lauren Aratani spotlights findings from our latest research, revealing Walmart could have saved 133 lives and prevented over 7,500 COVID-19 cases last year with an accessible paid sick leave policy.
April 27, 2021

Report: Santa Fe evictions continue despite moratoriums

Santa Fe New Mexican article by Dillon Mullan highlights findings from our report in partnership with Chainbreaker Collective on the COVID-19 era evictions crisis in Santa Fe, NM, featuring HIP's Sukhdip Purewal Boparai on shifts in eviction filings despite current moratoria.
April 20, 2021

Commentary: Student safety in Fresno means no more police at school campuses

Fresno Bee commentary by youth leaders of the Fresno Education Justice Coalition Blanca Barajas and Michael Yamamura calls for schools to divest from policing and reallocate funds toward student support services that promote health, featuring our recent research with Fresno Barrios Unidos on police-free schools.
April 13, 2021

Advocacy groups launch campaign in Washington, D.C. calling for paid family leave

The Hill article by Julia Manchester spotlights a new campaign led by Paid Family Leave in partnership with organizations including HIP aimed at pushing Congress to pass paid family leave legislation as part of the $20 million Care Can't Wait campaign. The campaign,
April 6, 2021

How to protect privacy & public health in COVID-19

Othering & Belonging Institute blog post by HIP Senior Research Associate Christine Mitchell traces the inequitable history of privacy violations in public health campaigns to current issues in COVID-19 contact tracing, and offers ways to benefit from public health measures while protecting the privacy of vulnerable and impacted communities.
March 3, 2021

What Happens When 10 Million Tenants Can’t Make Rent?

New York Times OpEd by Gianpaolo Baiocchi and H. Jacob Carlson, featuring our Health, Healing and Housing report in partnership with Chainbreaker Collective on the health impacts of the housing affordability crisis.
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
Photo of a man walking by a large brick building in Colorado, with a sign out front that reads "Now Leasing"

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
Decorative Image: Paper string of people figure cut-outs holding hands

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.