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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.
March 27, 2020

‘Lot of fear’: Coronavirus pandemic compounds dire situation for poor Americans

ABCNews article by Bill Hutchinson featuring HIP co-director Lili Farhang discussing the compounding economic concerns as a result of COVID-19 and its implications for health, especially for low-income community members.
March 26, 2020
Photo of 5-month old baby sitting on a woman's lap at a desk with a laptop. Baby is facing towards the laptop, with her hands near the keyboard.

Here’s How to Ensure California’s Paid Family Leave is Available to All Workers

Blog post by Sukhdip Purewal Boparai on recommendations from HIP's research in 2018 with The Work & Family Coalition, to ensure that California's Paid Family Leave is offered equitably to all workers.
March 26, 2020

As COVID-19 Reaches Santa Rita Jail, Decarceration Becomes More Urgent

Ella Baker Center Emergency Press Release on The San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center (Indybay) demanding decarceration in Alameda County to protect the health of community members, in response to a nurse testing positive for COVID-19 in Santa Rita Jail.
March 25, 2020

Coronavirus: ICE requests 45,000 N95 masks despite dangerous shortage in U.S. hospitals

SF Chronicle article by Tatiana Sanchez on ICE's request for 45,000 N95 masks in spite of the hazardous shortage of masks and other PPE in US hospitals, featuring HIP2 director Amber Akemi Piatt.
March 20, 2020

50+ organizations demand San Francisco release people from jails to mitigate COVID-19 spread

San Francisco Bay View article by Mohamed Shehk from the No New SF Jail Coalition about demands by over 50 service, legal, and community organizations for decarceration in the face of COVID-19 to protect health, referencing HIP's 2020 report "Liberating Our Health: Ending the Harms of Pretrial Incarceration and Money Bail."
March 14, 2020
Action shot of Amber Akemi Piatt at a Close The Camps Rally in August 2019.

Taking Action for Health, Justice, and Belonging in the Age of COVID-19

The Health Instead of Punishment Program Team speaks out on the need to take action for health, justice, and belonging in the age of COVID-19.