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  • Just Released! HIA on CO2 Pipeline Proposal in New Mexico

    June 10, 2015
    HIP and partners are excited to release The Lobos CO2 Pipeline Health Impact Assessment. The HIA report provides an analysis of how Kinder Morgan’s proposed Lobos CO2 Pipeline would affect health and equity for residents of Torrance County, New Mexico in these key areas: Culture and connection to the land Land use Economic vitality Safety Water quality and availability Our conclusion is that is that building a carbon dioxide (CO2) pipeline through Torrance County, New Mexico, has the potential to compromise safety, threaten water supplies and quality, and disrupt the special places, culture and historical connection to the land that unite the county’s diverse communities. The HIA also finds that the project offers few if any benefits to the health, well being and economy of the county. Executive Summary Full Report Appendices ”Read
  • Just Released! HIA on Reinstating Access to Tuition Assistance for People in Prison in New York State May 12, 2015

    May 12, 2015
    HIP and partners are excited to release Turning on the TAP: How Returning Access to Tuition Assistance for Incarcerated People Improves the Health of New Yorkers. The report set out to answer the question: How will providing college education to people in prison affect the health and well-being of those people, their families, and their communities? Our conclusion is that expanding access to college education for people in New York state prisons would benefit the overall health and well-being of the communities that formerly incarcerated people return to, as well as the individuals who receive the education, and their families. And yet, despite these benefits, funding through the state’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) – which provides grants to low-income New York residents to help them afford college – is unavailable to people who are incarcerated. Executive Summary Full Report Appendices Website ”Read
  • HIP Featured in LA Wage Theft Video

    February 19, 2015
    Brave New Films worked with the LA Coalition Against Wage to create this video. HIP Research Associate, Fabiola Santiago, is featured in the video! ”Read
  • 2015-2016 Health & Equity Fellowship & 2015 Graduate Summer Internship

    January 21, 2015
    Health and Equity Fellowship Program Each year, Human Impact Partners will host one Fellow at our office in Oakland, CA. HIP’s Health and Equity Fellowship Program is focused on building leadership skills in the fields of Health Impact Assessment and Healthy Public Policy (HPP)/Health in All Policies (HiAP). To access a recording of the 2/12 informational webinar about the fellowship program, please click here. In order to view the whole video, please download it. The deadline to submit an application is 5:00 p.m. PST on Friday March 13th, 2015. Completed applications should be emailed to hr@humanimpact.org. You can read the full announcement for the 2015-2016 HIP Fellowship here. Graduate Student Internship HIP is hiring a graduate student intern for the summer semester. Those working towards a degree in public health or other related field are encouraged to apply.  The deadline to submit an application is 5:00 p.m. PST on Monday, February 16th, 2015. Read the . ”Read
  • HIA Evaluation Survey Results Released! See initial findings of our national survey about community participation in HIA

    January 16, 2015
    HIA Evaluation Survey Results Released! See initial findings of our national survey about community participation in HIA Human Impact Partners and the Center for Community Health and Evaluation are conducting an evaluation about community participation in HIA, which includes this survey and case studies. The initial findings of the national survey are now available, and final evaluation results and recommendations will be available in Summer 2015. ”Read
  • We Moved!

    October 9, 2014
    We moved to a new office! We are still in the same building, but we have moved to the 2nd floor. Come visit us and check out our new space! Our new address is: 304 12th St. Ste. 2B Oakland, CA 94607 ”Read
  • Just Released! HIA on restorative justice school discipline policies in Merced

    September 23, 2014
    Human Impact Partners partnered with Building Healthy Communities (BHC) – Merced, Merced Organizing Project, and The California Endowment on a Health Impact Assessment of restorative justice school discipline policies in Merced, CA. The HIA predicts the impacts of restorative justice on educational and fiscal impacts, suspension and school pushout, school climate, and mental health, and makes recommendations for continued and expanded use of restorative justice in these schools and others in the county. HIA findings suggest that a restorative justice discipline approach supports health by reducing suspensions and drop-out; increasing educational attainment and lifetime earning potential; reducing violence, bullying and arrests; improving school climate and relationship-building; and increasing self-esteem.   ”Read
  • Just Released! Health Impact Assessment of California’s Proposition 47

    September 23, 2014
    Human Impact Partners conducted the first health impact assessment of a statewide ballot initiative, and the second in the nation on a criminal justice policy in Rehabilitating Corrections: The Health Impacts of Proposition 47. Proposition 47 reclassifies six low-level, non-violent offenses – crimes of drug possession for personal use and petty theft – to misdemeanors. It redirects the savings from not incarcerating people toward mental health and substance abuse treatment, truancy and dropout prevention, and services for victims of violent crime. The HIA finds that reforming sentences in this way would alleviate prison and jail overcrowding, make communities safer, strengthen families, and shift resources from imprisoning people to treating them for the addictions and mental health problems at the root of many crimes. It would also save the state of California and its counties between $600 million to $900 million a year. Report website/infographic Factsheet ”Read
  • Just Released! LA Wage Theft HIA

    August 27, 2014
    Human Impact Partners worked with the Los Angeles Coalition Against Wage Theft to produce a Health Impact Assessment on the proposed wage theft ordinance. Creating an ordinance to curb wage theft has the potential to improve the health of low-wage workers and well-being of their families. The HIA finds that wage theft decreases income which impedes workers from providing adequate housing for their families or falling behind on rent, experiencing food insecurity and opting for foods lower in nutritional value, and unable to afford other basic living needs. These conditions exacerbate stress levels that workers already experience from abusive work environments, often leading to anxiety, sleep deprivation or insomnia, and even depression. Wage theft also increases time poverty; people are time poor when they work long hours and would fall deeper into financial poverty if they reduce the number of hours worked. Time poverty leaves workers with little to no time for leisure, personal care, and time with family. An ordinance has the potential to curb wage theft and alleviate these poor health conditions that low-wage workers and their families experience.   ”Read
  • Just released! The Health Effects of a New Skatepark in San Diego, CA

    July 30, 2014
    With support from The California Endowment, Human Impact Partners worked with the Mid-City Community Advocacy Network’s Youth Council and Tony Hawk Foundation to conduct a Health Impact Assessment of a new public skatepark in the City Heights area of San Diego. The HIA predicts a skatepark would provide thousands of youth with more opportunity for exercise, social connection, and development, which lead to better health and well-being. The skatepark would also mean increased safety from crime in and around the park and fewer injuries for skateboarders who use it. Read the  and the . ”Read