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November 11, 2020
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Feel All the Feelings to Fuel the Work Ahead

We're sharing our thoughts, and the imperative to continue the work—post-election.
November 9, 2020
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Join us for a webinar on Thursday, 11/12: Addressing State Violence as a Public Health Issue

Our love for peoples' movements for liberation is overflowing this week, but our work is far from over. In light of the election results, we're preparing for expected backlash. Join us Thursday, November 12th for a webinar on addressing state violence as a public health crisis.
November 4, 2020
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In This Together: Take a deep breath. Count the votes.

We're celebrating the powerful organizing and movement building that brought out voters in historic numbers. We're prepared, and we're in this together. Now take we're taking a deep breath and continuing the work to ensure #EveryVoteCounts!
October 29, 2020
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Connecting the Dots: Health Inequities, Power, and the Potential for Public Health’s Transformational Role

KCET re-publication of a HIP blog post by Jonathan Heller, on the ways power imbalances perpetuate health inequities — and what public health can do to shift power for health.
October 26, 2020
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How To Prepare for a Delayed and/or Contested Election ➡ #DefendTheVote4PH!

It's our responsibility as public health practitioners to defend the vote for public health, now and post-election. We're preparing and organizing for the possibility of a delayed and/or contested election, and offering ways for you to connect and join us.
October 26, 2020
Amber Akemi Piatt wearing a mask, and holding a sign that reads "Health not policing for COVID-19 response" out the window of her car (from a recent car caravan protest in support of the Movement for Black Lives)

Public health over punishment: How advocates can use social math and other tools of media advocacy to communicate about police and prison budgets

Berkeley Media Studies Group blog post by Heather Gehlert and Katherine Schaff spotlights Health Instead of Punishment Director Amber Akemi Piatt on using strategies like social math to renew the call to defend Black lives, clarify demands for abolition, and increase support for reallocating police funds.
October 24, 2020
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New APHA Policy Statement: Advancing Public Health Interventions to Address the Harms of the Carceral System

APHA passes new policy statement authored by the End Police Violence Collective and endorsed by countless public health advocates and organizers including Human Impact Partners and Public Health Awakened, on the health harms of incarceration with recommendations for public health to move towards abolition.
October 23, 2020
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Forming Partnerships With Public Health Departments, Part 1: Why It’s a Good Idea

Shelterforce article by Human Impact Partners' Logan Harris, Solange Gould, and Megan Gaydos on what public health practitioners do to advance racial equity, and why building deep relationships with community partners is essential to health equity.
October 21, 2020
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New Infographics: How CA Prop 15 will invest in health equity throughout California!

When we vote, we want to know how our choices will impact our families and communities. We partnered with the Yes On 15: Schools and Communities First campaign to create a set of infographics for California voters, illustrating exactly how CA Prop 15 will restore county resources and advance health equity across California.
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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OpEd: Safeguard your health when voting in-person

AJC OpEd by Anne Mellinger-Birdsong and Neha Pathak with contributions from a few of our Georgia-based Public Health Awakened members advocates for health-protecting voting practices this election.
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
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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
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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
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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.