Find examples on this page of ways to amplify public health research, expertise, framing, and communications to support targeted campaigns and movements.
Public Health 101 for Organizers: What is governmental public health, and how can you engage the field to advance your next campaign?
This guide is intended to serve as a tool to support community organizers to engage with governmental public health to advance campaign or policy change goals.
Decriminalizing Abortion: How Our Movements Can Organize in Solidarity With Each Other
Resource created in partnership with Interrupting Criminalization, Abortion Care Network, Elephant Circle, Physicians for Reproductive Health, Academy of Perinatal Harm Reduction, If/When/How, and the National Network of Abortion Funds on how abortion decriminalization is part of the larger struggle against policing and criminalization, and how our movements can organize in solidarity with each other.
Health Departments Taking Action on Incarceration: A Framework for Advancing Health Instead of Punishment During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic — and the large number of cases and deaths in jails, prisons, and detention centers — has laid bare the urgent need for decarceration as a public health strategy. This resource includes 8 recommendations and specific actions health departments can take to address the harms of incarceration.
Public Health Guidance for Organizing in the Time of COVID-19
Public health guide offering general best practices and collective care recommendations for protesting and organizing safely during COVID-19, developed in collaboration with Right to the City Alliance to support ongoing anti-eviction and housing justice work.
Schools and Communities First: California Prop 15 Campaign Support
In support of the Schools and Communities First campaign to reform commercial property tax in California, we developed a set of infographics to showcase how restoring county resources can advance health equity. We are also mobilizing public health to join the campaign to pass Prop 15, the statewide initiative which will be on the California ballot in November 2020.
5 Ways Health Departments Can Help Ensure Healthy Voting
A healthy democracy is critical for healthy communities, and health departments have a critical role to play to ensure that all communities have a say in the conditions and decisions that impact their lives. Here are five actions health departments can take to ensure healthy voting.
Stop ICE Transfers: Promoting Health, Unifying Families, Healing Communities
We partnered with the Asian Prisoner Support Committee and Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus to create a research brief, toolkit, and resources to address the health impacts of direct transfers from California prisons and jails to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Resources to Challenge Policing and Incarceration as Part of a COVID-19 Response
We partnered with the End Police Violence Collective and Community Justice Exchange to create messaging toolkits responding to policing and incarceration approaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Liberating Our Health: Ending the Harms of Pretrial Incarceration and Money Bail
National research report on the pathways through which pretrial incarceration and money bail impact health with considerations for how to prioritize community health instead of punishment. We partnered with Faith in Florida for the first county-specific research brief to inform local policy decisions.
Achieving Equity in Lead Poisoning Prevention Policy Making
A report synthesizing deliberations from a national meeting to improve the consideration of equity in lead poisoning prevention policy making.
Keeping Kids and Parents Together: A Healthier Approach to Sentencing in MA, TN, LA
We partnered with Free Hearts in Tennessee, Operation Restoration in Louisiana, and Families for Justice & Healing in Massachusetts to research the health and equity impacts of expanding the use of community-based alternatives to incarceration for convicted parents in each of those states. We produced state-specific reports and fact sheets to inform policy decision-making at the state level on this important issue.
#HealthyHours: Fair Workweek Advocacy
Research and organizing tools on how unstable work hours affect the health and mental health of workers and families.
Developing a Transformational Criminal Justice Narrative: A Toolkit
The Narrative Development Toolkit is a resource intended to support community organizers and health equity advocates in developing, using, and adapting transformational narratives to advance equity in the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems. This resource was developed by a workgroup of the National Criminal Justice and Public Health Alliance.
Health Solutions Create Safety: A Menu of Policies and Programs
Health Solutions Create Safety is a robust list of 36 replicable programs or interventions and 25 policies that respond to social challenges with public health solutions rather than punitive criminal justice processes. This resource was developed by a workgroup of the National Criminal Justice and Public Health Alliance to help communities achieve shared safety.
Raise the Age: Protecting Kids and Enhancing Public Safety in Michigan
We produced a report evaluating the health and equity impacts of charging 17-year-olds in juvenile court rather than adult court in Michigan. We also mobilized public health to join the campaign to pass Raise the Age legislation in Michigan.
Bail Reform California Campaign Support
In 2017, we mobilized public health support for the early California Money Bail Reform Act. In 2018 the Act changed significantly, and many of the original sponsors withdrew their support. The materials here reflect early versions of the Act.