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  • 2015-2016 Health & Equity Fellowship & 2015 Graduate Summer Internship

    January 21, 2015
    Health and Equity Fellowship Program Each year, Human Impact Partners (HIP) will host one Fellow at our offices in Oakland, CA. The HIP Fellowship Program is focused on building leadership skills in the fields of Healthy Public Policy (HPP)/Health in All Policies (HiAP) Please join us for an informational webinar about HIP’s Health & Equity Fellowship on Thursday, February 12th at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. Click here to register in advance for the webinar at. 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 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
  • Just Released! Equity Metrics for Health Impact Assessment Practice

    July 29, 2014
    We are excited to share the release of the first version of the Equity Metrics for Health Impact Assessment Practice, which is authored by SOPHIA’s Equity Working Group. This is a set of process and outcome metrics related to promoting equity through HIA. These metrics provide more detail to the HIA Practice Standards regarding the incorporation of equity into HIA practice and aims to evaluate the degree to which an HIA successfully incorporated equity as well as help guide HIA practitioners, evaluators, and equity advocates to advance the consideration of equity in practice. ”Read
  • Save the Date! The 2015 National Health Impact Assessment Meeting will be held June 16 to 18, 2015, in Washington.

    July 15, 2014
    The 2015 National Health Impact Assessment Meeting will be held June 16 to 18, 2015, in Washington. Please save the date! Building on the success of the first two national HIA meetings, the 2015 conference is designed to appeal to anyone interested in learning more about HIAs and advancing the field, especially decision-makers and program leaders from multiple sectors and at all levels of government. The audience will include current HIA practitioners; public health, planning, and health policy professionals; community-based organizations; advocacy groups; researchers; academicians and students; elected officials and their staffs; and decision-makers from non-health agencies who might use or rely on the results of an HIA, such as in planning, transportation, housing, agriculture, energy, environment, and education. Meeting objectives include: Introducing public health professionals and others to the appropriate applications, methods, opportunities, and challenges involved in conducting an HIA. Providing a forum for HIA practitioners to showcase their work through roundtables and oral and poster presentations, as well as to learn from each other and experts in related disciplines. Showing decision-makers and program leaders the practical aspects of implementing HIAs in a range of policy settings. Visit www.NationalHIAMeeting.com, where information will be posted as it becomes available, including details on the call for ... ”Read
  • HIP is Hiring a Research Associate!

    July 1, 2014
    Human Impact Partners is looking for a Research Associate to work on Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and Health in All Policies (HiAP) projects. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a very rapidly growing field that is creating systemic change to improve people’s lives. Read the . ”Read