November 21, 2017

Police violence is a public health issue, but not according to APHA’s Governing Council

| By Sari Bilick | Earlier this month I attended my first American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting, joining 12,000 other public health professionals in an overwhelming four days of speakers, panels, networking — and yes, protest! Last year, the APHA Governing Council temporarily passed a policy statement, “Law Enforcement Violence […]
November 21, 2017

What It Feels Like to Be Kept in Los Angeles Prisons When You’re a Teen

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange article by Karina Saidi on how teenagers experience incarceration, referencing HIP's 2017 Juvenile InJustice Health Impact Assessment research.
November 16, 2017

Changing the ‘tough on crime’ narrative

| By Jonathan Heller | Here’s our vision for how a U.S. Attorney General’s op ed could lift up a transformational narrative on crime and justice.  Instead, every day, we are bombarded with a particular ‘tough on crime’ narrative: our leaders and the media telling us that crime is rising and […]
November 13, 2017

¿Podría decirse que hoy en día existe ‘apartheid’ en Los Ángeles?

La Opinión article on changing demographics and displacement of communities of color in LA, with a reference to HIP's 2015 Health Impact Assessment of the proposed Reef development project in South Central Los Angeles.
November 10, 2017

El futuro de los hijos de los TPSianos bajo fuego; ¿qué pasará con estos niños?

Hoy article by Selene Rivera on how children will be affected by changes in U.S. immigration policy, with a reference to HIP's 2013 report to assess how immigration policy impacted the health and well-being of children living in mixed-status families.
November 7, 2017

Los Angeles is quickly becoming a place exclusively for the white and rich

The Knock article by Jacob Woocher on housing issues in LA, with a reference to HIP's 2015 Health Impact Assessment of the proposed Reef development project in South Central Los Angeles.
November 5, 2017

#TaxesAreGood for public health

Public Health Newswire post on the Public Health Awakened #TaxesAreGood campaign at the APHA Annual Meeting in Atlanta.
November 3, 2017

Take Action! #TaxesAreGood for Health

Every day in our country, communities accomplish remarkable things using the resources we maintain together. Our roads, our clean air, our public schools, our parks, and our health departments are just a small part of the collective investment — through our taxes — that keeps everyone moving forward. Investments in public goods provide benefits […]
October 26, 2017

I left whole, I returned in pieces

| By Pamela Winn, Introduction by Kim Gilhuly | We are kicking off a semi-regular series to place the human impact stories of our research and advocacy work front and center. In the Human Impact Stories Series (HISS!), we’ll thread together the narratives of folks’ experiences with the institutional practices […]
October 23, 2017

‘Bad Boys’ no more: Juvenile arrests decrease, report says

Florida Politics article by Mitch Perry coverage of recently released "Stepping Up" report, analyzing the use of civil citations as a diversion method to arresting youth in Florida (HIP served on the advisory committee for this study).
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.