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January 14, 2021
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NEW- Research reveals Amazon’s hidden public health crisis

Our new research in partnership with Warehouse Worker Resource Center reveals the physical and mental health impacts of Amazon's inhumane quota and surveillance systems on warehouse workers and delivery drivers, and offers urgent steps policymakers can take to protect public health and worker safety.
January 13, 2021
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Hundreds of COVID-19 Cases at Santa Rita Jail

Davis Vanguard article by Carlin Ross recaps Decarcerate Alameda County's press conference about ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks at Santa Rita Jail, featuring HIP's Amber Akemi Piatt on the continued public health crises of incarceration and policing.
January 6, 2021

Health equity highlights from 2020 plus new research, tools, and organizing for the year ahead!

Read up for all the latest health equity highlights from HIP, plus new research, tools, capacity building updates, and organizing for the year ahead!
January 6, 2021
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Things we read, watched, listened to, and laughed at that carried us through last year

With 2020 behind us, and a long road to health equity ahead, HIP staff reflect on a few of the things that moved us and got us through last year.
January 4, 2021

New! Equity Lens Tool and webinar on COVID-19 response

Check out our new Equity Lens Tool developed in partnership with Big Cities Health Coalition for centering equity in COVID-19 planning, response, and recovery decision making—and join us on January 11 for a launch webinar to learn more!
December 30, 2020
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Last chance! Help us reach our year-end goal

Tomorrow is the last day to help us reach our year-end fundraising goal! We hope you'll consider making a contribution to help us continue building public health power for equity and justice into 2021 and beyond.
December 21, 2020
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Toward collective liberation, even on the darkest of days

This winter solstice, we invite you to deepen your commitments to collective liberation and help us strengthen and sustain our continued work to build health instead of punishment into the coming year.
December 18, 2020
Faith leaders, activists and family members hold a public memorial in front of the Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco to honor 17 people who died of COVID-19 while in prison or ICE detention; person in the foreground is pictured wearing a white mask, holding a sign that reads "Michael Fleming Age 59 Rest In Peace"

Health Over Punishment: Organizing Efforts to Stop ICE Transfers in California and Beyond

KCET Power & Health article by our Health Instead of Punishment Director Amber Akemi Piatt and Yadira Sanchez, on the power of coalition building and community organizing for health equity, and how organizers and immigrants in California have created community defense campaigns rooted in love, resistance, and interdependence—to keep each other safe.
December 17, 2020
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Rising rents, stagnant wages leave many Colorado tenants struggling to meet basic needs

Colorado Newsline article by Moe Clark highlights findings from our report, "Stable Homes, Healthy Communities" on the inequitable impacts of the rental affordability crisis, and the need to repeal Colorado’s ban on rental stabilization policies to promote community health. The survey showed how cost burdens are not evenly distributed among all renters. Historic and ongoing housing discrimination and persistent income inequities mean that Black and Latinx households are more likely to rent their homes and to spend a larger portion of their incomes on housing costs.
December 17, 2020
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Coloradans already struggling to afford housing say coronavirus has made their situation worse

Colorado Sun article by Thy Vo spotlights findings from our report, "Stable Homes, Healthy Communities" on how the worsening rental affordability crisis in Colorado harms health, and forces renters—particularly low-income and people of color communities—to cut back on food and health care to stay in their homes.
December 7, 2020
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Join us on 12/15 for a National Briefing on COVID-19 and the Eviction Crisis

With the CDC's eviction moratorium set to expire on December 31st, an estimated 40 million people are facing eviction. Join us on 12/15 for a National Briefing on COVID-19 and the Eviction Crisis, with the Right to the City Alliance and Working Families Party, featuring leading voices from the public health, legal, and housing justice sectors.
November 24, 2020
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💚Two Words We Don’t Say Enough

In this year of so many challenges and outrages, we want to take a moment to appreciate you. We thank you, and invite you to take the next step with us; we would be so honored if you’d add HIP to your holiday giving list this year, and help us raise the funds we need to advance health equity in 2021 and beyond.
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 30, 2020
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Forming Partnerships With Public Health Departments, Part 2: How to Make the Connection

Shelterforce article by Human Impact Partners' Logan Harris, Solange Gould, and Megan Gaydos offering tips for community organizations looking to build relationships with local public health departments.
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!