Policy & Organizing

We use public health research to support social justice movements.

We leverage public health research to advocate for changes that advance health and equity, and build partnerships between public health and community organizing partners and movements.

Our goal is for public health organizations and practitioners to actively participate in policy change and advocacy work in partnership with community organizers to advance justice across housing justice, economic security, community safety, climate justice, and more.

Public Health Awakened

The Public Health Awakened initiative is composed of a network of 2,000+ public health professionals organizing for health, equity, and justice. We mobilize members to work with social justice movements on strategic and collective action to resist the threats faced by communities of color and low-income communities, and to advocate for a world in which everyone can thrive.

Community Safety

Our Health Instead of Punishment program advances racial justice, public safety, and healthy equity in partnership with those most harmed by today’s immigration and criminal legal systems. This work is guided by our vision of a future where we wield our collective resources to help, never to punish or hurt. Where there is no need for prisons, jails, detention centers, or policing. Where all people can thrive. Learn more about the program.

Economic Security

For collective health, we need economic policies that center equity and people over profits. In an effort to broaden and deepen the network of public health folks available to support organizing partners on economic security and health, we convened and trained a national Economic Security Speakers Bureau of public health professionals from across the field who can act as a resource for movement and organizing partners. Learn more about our Speakers Bureau, and view additional economic security advocacy materials.

Housing Justice

A stable, affordable, quality home is necessary for our wellbeing and dignity. Our homes are a basic human need and should be a right for all of us, not a commodity. Public health has a crucial role to play in leveraging our knowledge, political power, data, resources and skills to help make housing a basic right for all people, and build power with grassroots housing justice movements. Our Housing Justice program leverages policy-focused public health research and advocacy in partnership with housing justice organizers to advance housing and health for all. Learn more about the program.

Advocacy Materials

Our advocacy materials page showcases examples of ways public health practitioners can build power with social justice movements to advance policy change and advocacy for equity using public health research.

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