About Us

  • Public funds for jails, not schools
  • No grocery stores in poor communities
  • Jobs with no sick leave

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Human Impact Partners challenges the inequities that harm the health of our communities.

Through research, advocacy, and capacity building, we help organizations and public agencies who work with low-income communities and communities of color understand the effects of current or proposed projects and policies on community health. And we help them use this information to take action.

HIP is one of the few organizations in the U.S. conducting health-based analyses with an explicit focus on uncovering and then addressing the policies and practices that make communities less healthy and create health inequities.

Our ultimate goal: transform the policies and places people need to live healthy lives.


Human Impact Partners envisions a world where all communities have optimal health and where the resources for health are equitably shared across race, class, gender, immigration status, geography, and other attributes. In that vision:

  • Communities and policy-makers have a holistic understanding of health;
  • Health and equity are primary considerations in decision-making;
  • All people have the information, tools, and power needed to influence decisions that affect their lives; and
  • Health provides a framework that brings diverse people and organizations together.


Human Impact Partners’ mission is to transform the policies and places people need to live healthy lives by increasing the consideration of health and equity in decision-making.


Our core strategies are:

  • Research – Conduct policy focused, innovative and strategic research that evaluates health impacts and inequities to support targeted campaigns and movements for social change;
  • Advocacy – Amplify the use of public health research, expertise, framing, and communications to support targeted campaigns and movements; and
  • Capacity Building – Provide training and technical assistance to build the capacity of impacted communities and their advocates, public agencies, and elected officials to take action on the social determinants of health and equity.

One of our main tools is called Health Impact Assessment (HIA). New to HIA? Click here to learn more.

Learn about some of HIP’s past projects.

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