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October 20, 2020
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✅ We’re Voting for Health Equity! 2020 Election Actions, Tools, and Resources

Check out our 2020 Election Special for actions, tools, and resources to mobilize to defend the vote and advance health equity. Because this election, we have the power to transform the terrain that our collective health depends on.
October 15, 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 ways health departments can help ensure healthy voting and protect election integrity.
October 15, 2020

The Long Game: approaching the 2020 election as a strategy for health equity

Blog post by Solange Gould, Sophia Simon-Ortiz, and Shannon Tracey on how we're engaging the 2020 election as part of a long-game strategy to cultivate collective health, and harnessing the power of our votes to dismantle systemic oppression.
October 9, 2020
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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.
October 6, 2020
HIP CA Voter Guide: Prop 15-Yes, Prop 16-Yes, Prop 17-Yes, Prop 20-No, Prop 21-Yes, Prop 22-No

📣 Our 2020 CA Voter Guide: Public Health is on the Ballot!

Public health is on the ballot this November! In our new 2020 California Voter Guide, we're sharing our positions on several key propositions that will have a lasting impact on the health, wellbeing, and equity of our communities.
September 29, 2020
Tien Pham with his family at his high school graduation

Fear of the Unknown: How ICE transfers impact the health of immigrants and their families

Blog post by Dr. Christine Mitchell highlights our research on the health impacts of direct transfers from prisons and jails to ICE, including an interview with Lien Pham and Narissa Pham about how their brother Tien's transfer to ICE has impacted them and their loved ones.
September 23, 2020
HIP Updates, Resources, and Tools to Build Health Equity

HIP Quarterly: New health equity resources, our latest research, mobilizing to #DefendTheVote4PH, and more!

What you'll find in this issue: resources for health departments to confront police violence, research on a more equitable model of housing development in Santa Fe and the health harms of ICE transfers, mobilizing to #DefendTheVote4PH, capacity building highlights, HIP's 2020-2024 Strategic Plan, and more!
September 17, 2020
Yes On 15: Public Health Phone Bank 09/22, 5:30-8:30pm PT

Public Health Phone Bank for Prop 15! Join us Tuesday, September 22 to put Schools and Communities First

Join us next Tuesday, September 22nd, 5:30-8:30pm for our public health phone bank to talk to your community about the critical need to pass Prop 15 to bring $12 billion per year into California's schools and local services.
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
Police Violence is a Public Health Crisis

How Health Departments Can Address Police Violence As a Public Health Issue

Our new resource offers 5 recommendations and specific actions for health departments to take to help end police violence.
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.
September 4, 2020

Delivering Health: How Disinvestment and Sabotage at the USPS Threatens Public Health

Blog post by the Human Impact Partners team on how a fully functioning and funded United States Postal Service is critical for public health, along with actions you can take to support USPS in light of recent threats to service and budget cuts.
August 25, 2020

NEW research and action tools! Stop ICE Transfers: Promoting Health, Unifying Families, Healing Communities

Research brief, media toolkit, and resources to address the health impacts of direct transfers from California prisons and jails to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
August 5, 2020

Our North Star Amidst Uncertainty: Announcing the HIP 2020–2024 Strategic Plan

Blog post by our Co-Directors Lili Farhang and Solange Gould introducing HIP's 2020-2024 Strategic Plan, and sharing our renewed clarity around HIP's mission, vision, values, theory of change, and the impacts we want to have in the world.
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 29, 2020

Health Workers Call for Housing Protections During and After COVID-19 Pandemic

We know that access to stable, safe, and affordable housing is critical for health and well-being. Raise your voice about how important housing justice is for public health and sign our health worker letter today to demand housing protections during and in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic!
June 26, 2020

Reflections on Adopting a Racial Justice Framework for Human Impact Partners

Reflections from our Co-Director Lili Farhang on developing a racial justice framework with underlying ideas, principles, and practices to deepen our approach to racial justice.
June 24, 2020

Event: Join us on 7/8 for Policing as a Public Health Issue – Diving Deeper into Police Abolition

Human Impact Partners is excited to host another opportunity for public health practitioners to engage in conversation about policing as a public health issue. Join us on Wednesday, July 8, at 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET for a deeper look at police abolition as a strategy for health equity.
June 10, 2020

HIP Happenings: COVID-19 response, advocacy for housing justice, defunding the police, etc

What you'll find in this issue: resources to advance equity in response to COVID-19, examples of our advocacy and organizing work, an update on our Health Equity Awakened leadership institute, examples of our most recent presentations, and much more.
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.
June 2, 2020

Black Lives Matter — HIP Statement

HIP statement in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.
May 18, 2020
Photo of young man at the end of a trail, looking out into the distance of sky and mountains on a clear day.

Ready to Imagine Another World

Introductory blog post by Solange Gould, HIP's new Co-Director.
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.