New Infographics for Make It Fair Campaign in California

September 21, 2017

In collaboration with California Calls and the Make It Fair campaign, we’ve developed Let’s Invest in Alameda County and Let’s Invest in San Bernardino County — the first 2 in a series of 7 infographics. The infographic showcases community health investments that would be made possible with commercial property tax reform in California, through Prop 13 reform. Download the data sources for the infographics.    

New Research: A Healthier Approach to Sentencing in Massachusetts

September 20, 2017

Press Release: Report Shows Community-Based Sentencing for Parents is Healthier, Saves States Money   BOSTON, MA: At a press conference today, Families for Justice as Healing and Human Impact Partners released “Keeping Kids and Parents Together: A Healthier Approach to Sentencing in Massachusetts,” a research report presenting the health and safety benefits of community-based sentences. Rather than criminalizing families, sentencing alternatives for parents of dependent children better address the root causes of substance abuse, mental health issues, and homelessness. “Separation of mothers from their children too often causes more harm than whatever the underlying offense was,” explained Andrea James, a formerly incarcerated mother and the founder of Families for Justice as Healing. “If we are serious about meaningful criminal justice reform in Massachusetts and addressing the intersectional social challenges that lead a person to a prison bunk, we must have the will to actually change the things we are sure do not result in good outcomes.” Across the Commonwealth, about 5,665 children are separated from a parent due to incarceration. Having an incarcerated parent is defined as an adverse childhood experience, exposing kids to a variety of health problems that can last a lifetime. The separation caused by incarceration is traumatic… Read More >>

Fall Internship Opportunity

August 17, 2017

In search of a Fall Communications Intern   Human Impact Partners is seeking a fall intern to support our growing communications strategy in Oakland, California. This is an exciting professional opportunity to leverage communications to bring the power of public health to campaigns and movements for a just society. Read the full description.    

Build Power for Health Equity: Announcing

July 13, 2017

Human Impact Partners (HIP) is proud to announce a new website to support this emerging new movement: is home to 25+ case studies of how health departments have concretely advanced health equity.

Webinar: Incorporating Public Health Research Into Organizing Campaigns

July 5, 2017

Healthy Heartlands HIA Webinar #Organizing4Health   On Wednesday, July 12 at 1:00 pm CT, we are bringing together practitioners of Health Impact Assessments (HIA) to learn from one another, and to present to a wider audience about the successes, challenges, and lessons learned from their projects. Our invited speakers will share how health research has fit into a variety of campaigns. Come hear from representatives from WISDOM, ISAIAH, and MOSES as part of the Healthy Heartlands initiative.   Register for the webinar    

HIP at NACCHO Annual 2017

July 3, 2017

  We’re headed to the NACCHO Annual Conference next week in Pittsburgh!   We hope to see you in Pittsburgh as we share our work and lessons learned across our Health Instead of Punishment Program, HIA research experience, and health equity capacity building work at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Annual Conference this July.   #WeGotThis: Public Health as Crime and Violence Prevention — Thursday, 7/13 at 9:15 AM, Birmingham Mass incarceration is a public health issue. This session presents four public health solutions to criminal justice problems: violence interruption; trauma-informed cities; trauma recovery centers; and health care enrollment for those leaving prison through peer community health workers. Local health departments can show that #WeGotThis when it comes to crime prevention. A Planning and Evaluation Metric Framework for Advancing Equity in Health Impact Assessment Practice — Thursday, 7/13 at 11:00 AM, Ft. Pitt Although equity is a core value of health impact assessment (HIA), HIAs could be improved by taking a more intentional approach to advancing equity. The goal of this session is to provide an overview of How to Advance Equity through Health Impact Assessment Practice: A Planning and Evaluation Framework. Build Power for… Read More >>

The Public Health Harms of the Money Bail System

June 19, 2017

All Californians want healthy families and safe communities, and most of us believe our criminal justice system should protect us without putting our health in jeopardy. Yet the state’s money bail system damages public health, compromising the safety and well being of those who are held in jail, their families, and the communities they return to. This document provides a brief summary of these public health harms of the money bail system. Read more.

New Research: Health Analysis of Youth Arrest in Michigan

June 6, 2017

“I just remember thinking: oh God I can’t get arrested. I was small when I was a kid, and the police looked really big. I remember thinking: I’m not big enough to go where they are trying to take me.” – Former Detroit resident who was arrested as a youth   Lansing, MI — Human Impact Partners and the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency released companion reports examining both Michigan youth arrests and diversion from formal court involvement. These new research reports add to the growing evidence that juvenile diversion works better than arrest and/or formal court adjudication. Juvenile diversion redirects youth, while still holding them accountable for their actions through strategies like community service, restitution and restorative justice. One in three U.S youth have been arrested by the time they turn 23 years old. Those arrested as teens are 25% more likely to drop out of high school, have more risk for poor health, and are re-arrested more frequently. In Michigan, a young person’s chance of being arrested is based more on where they live, and often on their race/ethnicity, than on any real or perceived offense. The availability of services within their community also influences whether youth… Read More >>

Announcing 2017-2018 Leadership Fellows for Health Equity Awakened

May 24, 2017

We’re excited to announce the second iteration of our year-long leadership institute.   In early 2017, we received over 50 recommendations of emerging leaders from health departments across the country for the Institute. We interviewed 35 outstanding candidates — and based on these interviews — identified 18 individuals from local health departments, both large and small, to join our year-long program. Each candidate offered a lot to the program, making it a very hard selection process! Between June 2017 and May 2018, we at Human Impact Partners will curate space for 18 Leadership Fellows to dive deeply into strategies that advance racial and social justice in public health, data-driven framing, and levers for systems change. Learn more about our Health Equity Awakened Leadership Institute. Sign up for email updates to get looped into updates about the next cycle of the Health Equity Awakened Leadership Institute.   Welcome 2017 – 2018 Leadership Fellows!   Meileen Acosta – Solano County Public Health Department, Fairfield, CA Katie Balderas – Long Beach Department of Health & Human Services, Long Beach, CA Nicki Britten – Berrien County Health Department, Benton Harbor, MI Manuel Carmona – City of Pasadena Public Health Department, Pasadena, CA Debbie Edokpolo – Ingham… Read More >>

Support California Bail Reform

May 15, 2017

Are you a public health or medical professional working in California?   Sign on to our letter of support and forward widely to other health professionals in your network! The money bail system locks up tens of thousands of Californians who have not been convicted of a crime, simply because they can’t afford to pay bail. This system is unjust, and it also harms public health (for more, see also a recent op-ed by Dr. Lello Tesema). The CA Money Bail Reform Act would reduce the number of people held simply because they can’t pay bail, and establish pretrial services agencies to guide court decisions and ensure people return for court dates. For more information, read a summary of the legislation from the CA Budget and Policy Center.