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.  

Healthy and Safe Riverside County: Investing in What Works

March 16, 2017

  Riverside, CA — In the face of federal-level rollbacks on civil rights and a call to “law and order,” criminal justice advocates and public health researchers are committed to showcasing that community safety and health are achievable goals with the right mix of programs to prioritize accessibility to housing, better health outcomes for all, reducing harm while offering treatment for behaviors that are typically criminalized, and holding people accountable to their actions without excessive punishment. Our newest report, Healthy and Safe Riverside County: Investing in What Works (PDF), tells the story of how investing in evidence-based interventions both inside and outside of the justice system can improve the health and well-being of Riverside County residents while protecting community safety and saving money. This report is part of a HIP collaborative effort with the ACLU of Southern California, Starting Over Inc., and Straight Talk Inc.   Top Recommendations Offer more programs for people at risk of involvement in the criminal justice system outside of the criminal justice system. a. Increase housing options for people returning from jail and prison. b. Increase access to employment services for those re-entering from prison and jail. c. Increase treatment and services for youth and families. d. Increase health… Read More >>

2/28 Webinar on Mobilizing Public Health for Immigrant Rights

February 9, 2017

Join us on Tuesday, February 28 from 10:00 to 11:00 am Pacific Time as we discuss immigrant rights and the connections to health equity.   On this webinar, you’ll learn about: Specifics of how the President’s immigration policy agenda is a threat to public health The personal experiences of people affected by unjust immigration policies Community organizing for immigrant rights in this era Specific examples of what you can do within public health and as a private citizen/resident with public health knowledge   Speakers will include: Sal Cervantes, Regional Organizer for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement Kica Matos, Director of Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice at the Center for Community Change       Space is limited, so register today!   This event is the first in a webinar series hosted by Public Health Awakened. Public Health Awakened is a group of public health professionals organizing for health, equity, and justice, formed in response to the Trump administration. We work with social justice movements on strategic and collective action to resist the threats faced by communities of color and low-income communities and to create a world in which everyone can thrive. We are calling on public health nonprofits, government agencies, academics,… Read More >>

The Health Impacts of Charging Youth as Adults

February 2, 2017

Oakland, CA — Even with Proposition 57 passing this past November, it’s clear that the fight is not over. Charging youth as adults is a harmful practice that’s still possible in California, and across the country.  Our new health impact assessment report (PDF) “Juvenile InJustice: Charging Youth as Adults is Ineffective, Biased, and Harmful” is a collaboration with the California Alliance for Youth and Community Justice. It centralizes the experience of incarcerated youth of color, formerly incarcerated individuals, and their families. Our research shows the harmful effects of this practice on youth and their families, and our report provides recommendations for increased community investment and restorative justice-oriented solutions to improve health outcomes for everyone. Key Findings The justice system is biased against youth of color — youth of color are more likely to be tried as adults than White youth, even when being charged with similar crimes. In California in 2015, 88% of juveniles tried as adults were youth of color. The adult court system ignores developmental science and environmental contexts — the context of a young person’s life, especially in low-income communities with a history of disinvestment, is largely ignored by the adult court system. Youth and families are resilient despite the negative impacts they must deal with — exposure to violence,… Read More >>