We use public health research to support social justice movements.
Being researchers doesn’t preclude us in public health from also advocating for changes that advance health and equity. We build partnerships between public health and social justice groups to help public health learn to use its power — knowledge, skills, and resources — to be an ally to community organizing partners and movements.
We engaged in the 2020 elections as a critical component of a broader strategy to build community power, dismantle systemic racism, advance health equity, and transform public health. Now, we’re continuing the work to defend the results, and to hold all elected officials accountable to enacting policies and practices that will truly support health equity and collective healing. View our 2020 Election Advocacy page for an overview of resources, actions, and tools we’re sharing to continue the movement for health equity and community power in the post-election period.
A COVID-19 Response & Recovery Health Equity Policy Platform
Governmental public health agencies need to be strong, consistent advocates for equity as they work in concert with other local and state authorities to address the novel coronavirus pandemic. HIP collated a cross-sector policy platform for public health to act on the conditions that create inequities in health outcomes.
Our goal is for public health organizations and practitioners to actively participate in policy change and advocacy work in partnership with other community organizers to advance justice across housing and land use, economic security, community safety, immigration, and more. Our advocacy materials page showcases examples of ways to do that using public health research.
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.