Research

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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Raise the Age: Protecting Kids and Enhancing Public Safety in Michigan
Raise the Age: Protecting Kids and Enhancing Public Safety in Michigan
November 2017 —

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.

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Make It Fair: California Prop 13 Reform Campaign Support
Make It Fair: California Prop 13 Reform Campaign Support
October 2017 —

In support of the Make It Fair campaign to reform commercial property tax in California, we are developing a set of materials to showcase how restoring county resources can advance health equity. We are also mobilizing public health to join the campaign, which is in its early stages.

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Keeping Kids and Parents Together: A Healthier Approach to Sentencing in Massachusetts
Keeping Kids and Parents Together: A Healthier Approach to Sentencing in Massachusetts
September 2017 —

We produced a report evaluating the health and equity impacts of allowing a judge to sentence convicted parents to community-based alternatives to incarceration. We are also mobilizing public health to join the campaign to pass Massachusetts Senate Bill S770.

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Bail Reform California Campaign Support
Bail Reform California Campaign Support
September 2017 —

We are mobilizing public health support for the California Money Bail Reform Act, state legislation introduced in California in 2017.

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Reducing Youth Arrests Keeps Kids  Healthy and Successful: A Health Analysis of Youth Arrest in Michigan
Reducing Youth Arrests Keeps Kids Healthy and Successful: A Health Analysis of Youth Arrest in Michigan
June 2017 —

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.

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Healthy and Safe Riverside County: Investing in What Works
Healthy and Safe Riverside County: Investing in What Works
March 2017 —

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.

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Juvenile InJustice: Charging Youth as  Adults is Ineffective, Biased, and Harmful
Juvenile InJustice: Charging Youth as Adults is Ineffective, Biased, and Harmful
February 2017 —

A report on health impacts of charging youth as adults, with recommendations for increased community investment and restorative justice-oriented solutions.

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Excessive Revocations in Wisconsin: The Health Impacts of Locking People Up without a New Conviction
Excessive Revocations in Wisconsin: The Health Impacts of Locking People Up without a New Conviction
December 2016 —

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.

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The Health and Equity Impacts of Expanded Access to Preschool: Cincinnati’s Fork in the Road
The Health and Equity Impacts of Expanded Access to Preschool: Cincinnati’s Fork in the Road
August 2016 —

An HIA of expanding access to preschool in Cincinnati, OH.

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Scheduling Away Our Health: How Unpredictable Work Hours Affect Health and Well-being
Scheduling Away Our Health: How Unpredictable Work Hours Affect Health and Well-being
July 2016 —

Research on how unpredictable schedules affects the health and mental health of workers and families. HIP staff also testified at city council in Emeryville, CA, in favor of a fair scheduling ordinance.

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Public Health Departments in California and Criminal Justice System Reform: Successes, Barriers, and Recommendations for Action
Public Health Departments in California and Criminal Justice System Reform: Successes, Barriers, and Recommendations for Action
July 2016 —

An assessment of the barriers and successes that public health departments have experienced in participating in criminal justice system reform, with recommendations for action.

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An Assessment of the Health and Safety Implications of Coal Transport through Oakland
An Assessment of the Health and Safety Implications of Coal Transport through Oakland
June 2016 —

Assessment of the health and safety implications of transporting coal through Oakland.

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Connecting the Dots: An Evaluation of LACDPH HIAs of the Parks After Dark and Women’s Re-Entry Court Programs
Connecting the Dots: An Evaluation of LACDPH HIAs of the Parks After Dark and Women’s Re-Entry Court Programs
June 2016 —

Process and impact evaluation of LACDPH Parks After Dark and Women’s Re-Entry Court HIAs.

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The Long Road Home: Decreasing Barriers to Public Housing for People with Criminal Records
The Long Road Home: Decreasing Barriers to Public Housing for People with Criminal Records
May 2016 —

An HIA on health impacts of policies that exclude people with criminal records from public housing, with a case study in Oakland, CA.

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Planning for the Public Health Impacts of Climate Change in Northampton, Massachusetts
Planning for the Public Health Impacts of Climate Change in Northampton, Massachusetts
February 2016 —

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.

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Community Participation in Health Impact Assessments: A National Evaluation
Community Participation in Health Impact Assessments: A National Evaluation
January 2016 —

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.

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Healthy Chula Vista Action Plan
Healthy Chula Vista Action Plan
December 2015 —

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.

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CV/Link: Connecting the Coachella Valley, Health Impact Assessment
CV/Link: Connecting the Coachella Valley, Health Impact Assessment
December 2015 —

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.

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Stress on the Streets (SOS): Race, Policing, Health, and Increasing Trust Not Trauma
Stress on the Streets (SOS): Race, Policing, Health, and Increasing Trust Not Trauma
December 2015 —

An assessment of policing practices in Ohio, with specific focus on impacts to black people and police.

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Los Angeles Wage Theft Ordinance (Case Story)
Los Angeles Wage Theft Ordinance (Case Story)
October 2015 —

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.

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Assessing Health and Equity Impacts of the Proposed Reef Development Project in South Central Los Angeles
Assessing Health and Equity Impacts of the Proposed Reef Development Project in South Central Los Angeles
October 2015 —

A report on health and equity effects of a proposed development in South Central Los Angeles.

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Shining a Light on Health: How the Sunport Boulevard Extension Project will Affect Health and Well-Being
Shining a Light on Health: How the Sunport Boulevard Extension Project will Affect Health and Well-Being
September 2015 —

A comment letter and HIA of a proposed road extension in an environmental justice community in New Mexico.

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Equitable Development & Risk of Displacement: Profiles of Four Santa Fe Neighborhoods
Equitable Development & Risk of Displacement: Profiles of Four Santa Fe Neighborhoods
August 2015 —

A report analyzing public resource allocation and risk of displacement in neighborhoods of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Lobos CO2 Pipeline Health Impact Assessment (Case Story)
Lobos CO2 Pipeline Health Impact Assessment (Case Story)
June 2015 —

An HIA of a proposed carbon dioxide (CO2) pipeline project in Torrance County, New Mexico.

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Turning on the TAP: How Returning Access to Tuition Assistance for Incarcerated People Improves the Health of New Yorkers
Turning on the TAP: How Returning Access to Tuition Assistance for Incarcerated People Improves the Health of New Yorkers
May 2015 —

An HIA on a bill to reinstate tuition assistance for people in prison in New York State.

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School Discipline and Restorative Justice (Case Story)
School Discipline and Restorative Justice (Case Story)
September 2014 —

HIAs on School Discipline and Restorative Justice Polices in Los Angeles, Oakland, Salinas and Merced, California

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Rehabilitating Corrections in California: The Health Impacts of Prop 47 (Case Story)
Rehabilitating Corrections in California: The Health Impacts of Prop 47 (Case Story)
September 2014 —

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.

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Restorative Justice and Health in Merced Schools
Restorative Justice and Health in Merced Schools
September 2014 —

Restorative justice and health in Merced schools; Improving health impacts through school discipline policy in Merced, CA.

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An HIA of a Skatepark in City Heights, San Diego (Case Story)
An HIA of a Skatepark in City Heights, San Diego (Case Story)
July 2014 —

An HIA of a proposed skatepark in San Diego, CA.

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Rapid Health Analysis of Minimum Wage Bill in California
Rapid Health Analysis of Minimum Wage Bill in California
May 2014 —

Rapid analysis to inform California legislature of health impacts from a bill proposed to raise the statewide minimum wage.

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When Health is the Root Cause of Poor Education Outcomes: How Local Control Funding Formula Can Help Students Succeed
When Health is the Root Cause of Poor Education Outcomes: How Local Control Funding Formula Can Help Students Succeed
April 2014 —

A report on health and equity considerations to inform how money is allocated to California schools.

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Family Unity, Family Health: An Inquiry on Federal Immigration Policy (Case Story)
Family Unity, Family Health: An Inquiry on Federal Immigration Policy (Case Story)
June 2013 —

An examination of a continued policy of immigrant detentions and deportations at the federal level.

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Rapid HIA of School Integration Strategies in Minnesota
Rapid HIA of School Integration Strategies in Minnesota
April 2013 —

An HIA of a proposed policies to encourage school racial/ethnic integration in Minnesota.

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Paid Sick Days HIAs (Case Story)
Paid Sick Days HIAs (Case Story)
December 2012 —

A series of HIAs examining paid sick days legislation at local, state and federal levels.

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Treatment Instead of Prison HIA (Case Story)
Treatment Instead of Prison HIA (Case Story)
November 2012 —

An HIA examining an increase in funding for treatment alternatives in Wisconsin.

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Marin Healthy Homes Project: A Health Impact Assessment
Marin Healthy Homes Project: A Health Impact Assessment
July 2012 —

An HIA of proposed changes to residential Code Enforcement policies in Marin County, CA.

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Farmers Field HIA (Case Story)
Farmers Field HIA (Case Story)
July 2012 —

An HIA of a proposed stadium development project in downtown Los Angeles, CA.

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A Rapid HIA of the City of Los Angeles’ Proposed University of Southern California Specific Plan
A Rapid HIA of the City of Los Angeles’ Proposed University of Southern California Specific Plan
April 2012 —

An HIA of a proposed land use plan in Los Angeles, CA.

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The Rental Assistance Demonstration Project
The Rental Assistance Demonstration Project
February 2012 —

An HIA of proposed federal regulations related to public housing management

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I-710 Corridor Project HIA
I-710 Corridor Project HIA
November 2011 —

An HIA of a proposed freeway expansion project in Los Angeles, CA.

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Rapid Health Impact Assessment of Policies to Reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled in Oregon
Rapid Health Impact Assessment of Policies to Reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled in Oregon
September 2011 —

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…

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Humboldt County General Plan Update HIA: A Case Study
Humboldt County General Plan Update HIA: A Case Study
September 2009 —

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…

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Jack London Gateway HIA (Case Story)
Jack London Gateway HIA (Case Story)
May 2007 —

An HIA of a proposed low-income senior housing development project in Oakland, CA

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