September 28, 2017

Panel on women’s rights in prisons comes to UMass

The Massachusetts Daily Collegian article by Alvin Buyinza on the "Women Behind Bars: Public Health and Criminal Justice Reform" panel held by the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
September 27, 2017

Grassroots Bus Service Brings Healing Touch To Inmates And Families

Side Effects, Public Health Personal Stories article by Emily Forman on the positive health impacts of maintaining family bonds while incarcerated, highlighting research findings by HIP and the Ella Baker Center among others.
September 24, 2017

Plan calls for keeping primary guardians out of prison in nonviolent cases

Boston Globe article by Laura Crimaldi covering Massachusetts legislation related to our September 2017 report, Keeping Kids and Parents Together: A Healthier Approach to Sentencing in Massachusetts.
August 28, 2017

Public Health, Juvenile Justice System Reformers Are on Common Ground

Op-Ed by Kim Gilhuly published on the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange discussing our June 2017 report, Reducing Youth Arrests Keeps Kids Healthy and Successful: A Health Analysis of Youth Arrest in Michigan.
August 21, 2017
Pamela Chomba at Netroots Nation 2017

Finding inspiration at Netroots Nation

| By Ana Tellez | I was lucky enough to attend Netroots Nation earlier this month, representing Human Impact Partners at the largest annual gathering of the progressive movement in the US. The conference was headlined by big names like civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and former Vice President […]
August 16, 2017

Let’s Stand with Charlottesville

We condemn the actions of the White supremacists and neo-nazis who gathered and violently attacked peaceful protesters in the name of racism. White supremacy, terrorism, and racial violence contradict our collective vision of a safe and healthy society.
July 14, 2017

Pediatrician: Fearing ICE, immigrant parents ‘are preventing children from getting medical care’

DailyKos article by Gabe Ortíz on the health impacts of families living in fear of deportation, with data points from our 2013 report Family Unity, Family Health. 
July 12, 2017
Icons of strategic practices for health equity

New Resource Helps Health Departments Build Power for Health Equity

| Press Release | Oakland, CA — After years of struggling to close health disparities, a new movement has taken root: health departments are taking on racial and social justice. Health departments are confronting the power imbalances and forms of oppression at the root of health inequities, changing the conversation about […]
June 26, 2017
MA Legislature

Notes from the Field: Should We Lock Up Parents of Young Children?

| By Kim Gilhuly | It was 8:00 pm, but people stayed. It was 8:00 pm last Monday night, at the end of a long day hearing 20 bills in Massachusetts Legislature. But people stayed. Teens skipped their normal Monday afternoon and night to speak powerfully — and clearly reached legislators’ ears — about having […]
June 19, 2017

Past and Present Racial Wealth Imbalances Don’t Have to Tell Our Future

| By Holly Avey | Earlier this year, I published a post talking about the wealth inequities of proposed federal policies. (Remember: wealth = assets minus debts). Beyond talking about how these changes would heap more money on the rich while starving the poor, we also need to discuss the huge […]
June 14, 2017

Once Prisoners, Now Justice Reform Advocates

Wisconsin Public Radio article by Gretchen Brown on how EXPO Wisconsin works to end mass Incarceration In Wisconsin and beyond, related to our December 2016 report, Excessive Revocations in Wisconsin: The Health Impacts of Locking People Up without a New Conviction.
June 7, 2017

New Research on Youth Arrests and Diversion Aim to Keep Michigan Kids Healthy and Successful

| Press Release | Lansing, MI — Human Impact Partners and the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency released companion reports examining both Michigan youth arrests and diversion from formal court involvement. These new research reports add to the growing evidence that juvenile diversion works better than arrest and/or formal court adjudication. […]
June 7, 2017

Children of undocumented parents are safe from deportation, but not from fear

Chicago Tribune article by Samantha Max covering the mental health impacts faced by children with undocumented parents, related to our June 2013 report, Family Unity, Family Health.
June 2, 2017
Definition of beachhead

Activating Public Health as the Beachhead to Advance Equity in Government

|By Jonathan Heller | Last week, I was in Los Angeles for the Advancing Health Equity Awards, and I co-facilitated the workshop that followed the ceremony: Using Inside/Outside Strategies to Advance Health Equity in Partnership with Social Justice Movements. It was incredibly inspiring to see what public health departments around the state are […]
April 24, 2017
Open books

Highlighting the Humans of HIP: Sara

| By Gus Alexander | As a research assistant here at HIP, it was required that I believe research can affect positive change. And I do. I believe that research has a role to play for social justice. Just like the Black Panther Party used research to deconstruct biomedical claims […]
April 3, 2017
White House

Keep Your Eyes on the Money: The Wealth Inequities of Current Policy Changes

| By Holly Avey | Let’s talk about wealth inequities. The current presidential administration, including the vice president, the chief of staff, and the emerging cabinet, have more wealth than one-third of Americans combined. Concentrated wealth creates concentrated power. And indications suggest that this particular group of very wealthy individuals may be more […]
March 21, 2017
Visual of ways Trump's agenda is harmful to health

Trump’s toxic budget and fighting for the people’s health

| By Nancy Krieger, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health | Follow the money. This old adage could not be more true now, as applied to the Trump Administration’s budget, released on March 16, 2017.1 This cruel and greedy document (in so many ways) 2–6 savages everything that we in public health and so many others know is necessary for people, […]
March 20, 2017

California lawmakers unveil a list of bills meant to keep children out of the juvenile justice system

Los Angeles Times article by Jazmine Ulloa covering California legislation, related to our February 2017 report, Juvenile InJustice: Charging Youth as Adults is Ineffective, Biased, and Harmful.
March 16, 2017

New Report on Riverside County Budget Decisions to Improve Community Safety

| Press Release | This report is part of a collaborative effort between the ACLU of Southern California, Starting Over Inc., Straight Talk Inc., and Human Impact Partners to review the impacts of the local criminal justice system on community health in Riverside County. Riverside, CA — In the face […]
February 15, 2017

Study Stresses Dangers of Charging Youth as Adults

Youth Radio article by Desmond Meagley discussing our February 2017 report, Juvenile InJustice: Charging Youth as Adults is Ineffective, Biased, and Harmful.
February 6, 2017

Tell me what you’re for, not what you’re against

| By Sara Satinsky | “What can I do?” It’s the question we at Human Impact Partners are asking ourselves, each other, and pretty much anyone who will discuss it — and one that we hear swirling in the streets during these post-inauguration days. A powerhouse panel took on this question at […]
February 6, 2017

Public Health Awakened: A movement whose time is now

Donald Trump made many promises on the campaign trail, many of which were unconscionable to those working to advance health, equity, and justice. Those promises and the harmful and hateful rhetoric of the campaign are well embodied in Trump’s 100 Days Plan — a set of proposals articulating the Administration’s agenda and […]
February 6, 2017

Charging Youth as Adults has Public Health Impact, Report Says

The Chronicle of Social Change article by Jeremy Loudenback discussing our February 2017 report, Juvenile InJustice: Charging Youth as Adults is Ineffective, Biased, and Harmful.
February 2, 2017

New Report on the Health Impacts of Charging Youth as Adults

| Press Release | Researchers and community organizers collaborated on an in-depth analysis of the health impacts to youth and families when 14 to 17-year olds are charged as adults. Oakland, CA — Trailing on the win of Proposition 57, juvenile justice advocates and public health researchers want to make […]
February 1, 2017

Revocations in Wisconsin: Update on Report Release

| By Sara Satinsky | Last month, we were truly honored to join partners WISDOM and EX-Prisoners Organizing in person to release the new report: Excessive Revocations in Wisconsin: The Health Impacts of Locking People Up without a New Conviction. Despite frigid temperatures in Wisconsin, people came out. Across the state […]
January 27, 2017
Family photo of Jonathan Heller, his mom, and his brother

Immigrant rights are under attack, what public health should do to fight back

| By Jonathan Heller | President Trump’s 100 day plan includes deporting 2 million undocumented residents from the US. The plan represents a massive increase in scale and speed of deportations. Trump says he will focus on deporting undocumented people with criminal records. With fewer of them in the US now as […]
January 10, 2017

Dane County, Department of Corrections downplay impact of parole revocations

Cap Times article by Lisa Speckhard covering the high rates and negative health impacts of people being incarcerated for breaking conditions of their parole, not for committing additional crimes, related to our December 2016 report Excessive Revocations in Wisconsin: The Health Impacts of Locking People Up Without a New Conviction.
November 28, 2016

How Public Health Can Show Up (for Police Reform)

| By Sara Satinsky | A mandate of public health is to improve health equity, promote public safety, advance prevention, and strive for social justice. With this in mind, as I process the results of the election and the uncharted, unprecedented future there is a whisper of a question that’s […]
November 11, 2016

Heartbroken but determined

There’s no way around it: we are heartbroken. The election of misogyny, White supremacy, and LGBTQ hate into the White House in 2016 is a blow to our hearts, our minds, and our souls. We are in deep pain for the many who already live in trepidation of their rights, […]
October 27, 2016
Charlene Sinclair

Gratitude for Being Invited into a New Community

| By Kim Gilhuly | In mid-September, I attended A Women’s Gathering on Criminalization and Community Health Inequities. The gathering was different in many ways, but one aspect of it really stood out: We were being invited into a community that most of us knew very little about, a community of women […]