Our policy research is grounded in a participatory process.
We conduct policy-focused and participatory research to evaluate the health impacts of policies across a range of issues including criminal justice, economic inequality, immigration, housing, land use, and transportation. We believe that by understanding how a wide range of issues affect health and health equity, we can better understand the breadth of benefits and burdens that communities may experience as a result of any policy change.
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The Effects of Forced Family Separation in the Rio Grande Valley: A Family Unity, Family Health Research Update
A report showcasing the effects on the health of children, parents, and families who live in the Rio Grande Valley when they live in fear of a parent or household loved one being deported, or if they’ve already experienced forced family separation as a result of deportation.
Understanding Working & Caregiving: An Analysis of California Paid Family Leave
A report that reveals policy gaps and proposes solutions for how California Paid Family Leave (PFL) and additional workplace policies can serve all working family caregivers as they care for their loved ones in times of need.
Schools and Communities First: California Prop 13 Reform Campaign Support
In support of the Schools and Communities First campaign to reform commercial property tax in California, we developed a set of materials to showcase how restoring county resources can advance health equity. We are also mobilizing public health to join the campaign to pass a statewide proposition which will be on the California ballot in November 2020.
#HealthyHours: Fair Workweek Advocacy
Research and organizing tools on how unstable work hours affect the health and mental health of workers and families.
Keeping Kids and Parents Together: A Healthier Approach to Sentencing in MA, TN, LA
With project partners, we produced fact sheets and reports evaluating the health and equity impacts of expanding the use of community-based alternatives to incarceration for convicted parents. We’re also mobilizing public and clinical health practitioners to join state legislation campaigns in Massachusetts, Tennessee, and Louisiana.
Raise the Age: Protecting Kids and Enhancing Public Safety in Michigan
We produced a report evaluating the health and equity impacts of charging 17-year-olds in juvenile court rather than adult court in Michigan. We’re also mobilizing public health to join the campaign to pass Raise the Age legislation in Michigan.
Bail Reform California Campaign Support
In 2017, we mobilized public health support for the early California Money Bail Reform Act. In 2018 the Act changed significantly, and many of the original sponsors withdrew their support. The materials here reflect early versions of the Act.
Reducing Youth Arrests Keeps Kids Healthy and Successful: A Health Analysis of Youth Arrest in Michigan
A report on the health impacts of youth arrest in Michigan that highlights a set of promising alternatives to youth arrest including civil citations and trauma-informed approaches.
Healthy and Safe Riverside County: Investing in What Works
A report showcasing interventions both inside and outside of the justice system to improve health and well-being of Riverside County residents —also including a budget analysis of Riverside County “public protection” spending.
Juvenile InJustice: Charging Youth as Adults is Ineffective, Biased, and Harmful
A report on health impacts of charging youth as adults, with recommendations for increased community investment and restorative justice-oriented solutions.
Excessive Revocations in Wisconsin: The Health Impacts of Locking People Up without a New Conviction
A report on health impacts of current practice in Wisconsin to incarcerate people for breaking rules of parole, probation, or supervision but who have not been convicted of a new crime, and recommendations to change that practice.
The Health and Equity Impacts of Expanded Access to Preschool: Cincinnati’s Fork in the Road
An HIA of expanding access to preschool in Cincinnati, OH.
Public Health Departments in California and Criminal Justice System Reform: Successes, Barriers, and Recommendations for Action
An assessment of the barriers and successes that public health departments have experienced in participating in criminal justice system reform, with recommendations for action.
An Assessment of the Health and Safety Implications of Coal Transport through Oakland
Assessment of the health and safety implications of transporting coal through Oakland.
Connecting the Dots: An Evaluation of LACDPH HIAs of the Parks After Dark and Women’s Re-Entry Court Programs
Process and impact evaluation of LACDPH Parks After Dark and Women’s Re-Entry Court HIAs.
The Long Road Home: Decreasing Barriers to Public Housing for People with Criminal Records
An HIA on health impacts of policies that exclude people with criminal records from public housing, with a case study in Oakland, CA.
Drowning in Debt: A Health Impact Assessment of How Payday Loan Reforms Improve the Health of Minnesota’s Most Vulnerable
An HIA of payday lending reforms in Minnesota.
Planning for the Public Health Impacts of Climate Change in Northampton, Massachusetts
A report looking at the health impacts of climate change in Northampton, Massachusetts. This report is unique in that it looks at climate change in a very local context, whereas most reports about climate change and health are on a state- or region-wide basis.
Community Participation in Health Impact Assessments: A National Evaluation
A two-year study that looked at how community participation impacted core HIA values like democracy and equity, and how participation affected the success of the HIA.
Healthy Chula Vista Action Plan
A collection of data on local health status and inequities, relevant public health research, and community and stakeholder input, to inform prioritization of 65 strategies in The Healthy Chula Vista Action Plan, in California.
CV/Link: Connecting the Coachella Valley, Health Impact Assessment
An HIA on a proposed 50-mile multi-use path for pedestrians, bicycles, and low-speed electric vehicles. HIP led the HIA process and wrote the draft report. Riverside University Health System–Public Health and Coachella Valley Association of Governments edited and finalized the report and released it in November 2015.
Stress on the Streets (SOS): Race, Policing, Health, and Increasing Trust Not Trauma
An assessment of policing practices in Ohio, with specific focus on impacts to black people and police.
Los Angeles Wage Theft Ordinance (Case Story)
The Los Angeles Coalition Against Wage Theft used our HIA research and associated advocacy by health professionals to deepen support for the ordinance among city council members. The ordinance passed in 2015. In addition, the California Fair Paycheck Coalition used the HIA and advocacy from health professionals to win the passage of a statewide wage theft bill, SB 588, in 2015.
Assessing Health and Equity Impacts of the Proposed Reef Development Project in South Central Los Angeles
A report on health and equity effects of a proposed development in South Central Los Angeles.
Dignified & Just Policing: Health Impact Assessment of the Townsend Street Gang Injunction in Santa Ana, California
An HIA examining gang injunction in Santa Ana, CA.
Shining a Light on Health: How the Sunport Boulevard Extension Project will Affect Health and Well-Being
A comment letter and HIA of a proposed road extension in an environmental justice community in New Mexico.
Equitable Development & Risk of Displacement: Profiles of Four Santa Fe Neighborhoods
A report analyzing public resource allocation and risk of displacement in neighborhoods of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Lobos CO2 Pipeline Health Impact Assessment (Case Story)
An HIA of a proposed carbon dioxide (CO2) pipeline project in Torrance County, New Mexico.
Turning on the TAP: How Returning Access to Tuition Assistance for Incarcerated People Improves the Health of New Yorkers
An HIA on a bill to reinstate tuition assistance for people in prison in New York State.
School Discipline and Restorative Justice (Case Story)
HIAs on School Discipline and Restorative Justice Policies in Los Angeles, Oakland, Salinas and Merced, California
Rehabilitating Corrections in California: The Health Impacts of Prop 47 (Case Story)
An HIA of a statewide ballot initiative in California that reclassifies low-level non-violent crimes to misdemeanors and redirects funding to treatment and prevention.
Restorative Justice and Health in Merced Schools
Restorative justice and health in Merced schools; Improving health impacts through school discipline policy in Merced, CA.
An HIA of a Skatepark in City Heights, San Diego (Case Story)
An HIA of a proposed skatepark in San Diego, CA.
Rapid Health Analysis of Minimum Wage Bill in California
Rapid analysis to inform California legislature of health impacts from a bill proposed to raise the statewide minimum wage.
When Health is the Root Cause of Poor Education Outcomes: How Local Control Funding Formula Can Help Students Succeed
A report on health and equity considerations to inform how money is allocated to California schools.
Family Unity, Family Health: An Inquiry on Federal Immigration Policy (Case Story)
An examination of a continued policy of immigrant detentions and deportations at the federal level.
Rapid HIA of School Integration Strategies in Minnesota
An HIA of a proposed policies to encourage school racial/ethnic integration in Minnesota.
Paid Sick Days HIAs (Case Story)
A series of HIAs examining paid sick days legislation at local, state and federal levels.
Treatment Instead of Prison HIA (Case Story)
An HIA examining an increase in funding for treatment alternatives in Wisconsin.
Marin Healthy Homes Project: A Health Impact Assessment
An HIA of proposed changes to residential Code Enforcement policies in Marin County, CA.
Farmers Field HIA (Case Story)
An HIA of a proposed stadium development project in downtown Los Angeles, CA.
A Rapid HIA of the City of Los Angeles’ Proposed University of Southern California Specific Plan
An HIA of a proposed land use plan in Los Angeles, CA.
The Rental Assistance Demonstration Project
An HIA of proposed federal regulations related to public housing management
I-710 Corridor Project HIA
An HIA of a proposed freeway expansion project in Los Angeles, CA.
Rapid Health Impact Assessment of Policies to Reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled in Oregon
Health impact assessments (HIAs) enable decisions-makers to assess proposed policies, projects and programmes with respect to their potential health impact. The purpose of this rapid HIA was to inform the debate within a state legislature about the value of state policy…
Humboldt County General Plan Update HIA: A Case Study
Abstract: As a tool for deliberately planning for and optimizing the ways in which we design our environments, Health Impact Assessment (HIA) holds promise for achieving environmental justice and health equity…