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  • Just Released! First-Ever National Evaluation of Community Participation in HIAs

    January 22, 2016
    It’s here! Hot off the presses! In advance of an upcoming webinar, the national evaluation of community participation in HIA – a two-year study co-authored by Human Impact Partners and the Center for Community Health and Evaluation – is now available. The study looked at how community participation impacted core HIA values like democracy and equity, and how participation affected the success of the HIA. The study also synthesizes how community participants were identified, the outreach and participation methods used, the effectiveness of the methods, and what facilitated or created barriers to the process. Findings reveal that investment in higher levels of community participation: 1) pay off in higher levels of civic agency, such as improved individual civic skills and increased capacity for collective action, and 2) showed greater odds of an HIA impacting decision-making. Discuss these findings with the authors during a webinar on Thursday, January 28, at 2:00-3:30 Eastern/ 11:00-12:30 Pacific. Register here. Click below to read the: Executive Summary Full Report Appendices Visit the Tools & Resources section of this website for a recording of the webinar and to view the presentation used. ”Read
  • Community Participation in Health Impact Assessments: A National Evaluation

    January 14, 2016
    The first of its kind study describes the impact of community participation on civic agency – a community’s capacity to act in its own self-interest – and the success of an HIA, along with how well the field of HIA is doing at encouraging community participation. The evaluation intends to inform the work of HIA practitioners, and is relevant to researchers and organizations intending to authentically engage community members in addressing policy, program, or planning solutions. We’re hosting a webinar to share the evaluation’s very exciting and insightful findings on January 28 from 2:00-3:30 Eastern/ 11:00-12:30 Pacific. Please register here for the webinar, and we’ll follow-up with details soon. ”Read
  • Just Released! Report on Race, Policing, Health and How to Increase Trust instead of Trauma in Ohio

    December 8, 2015
    HIP and partners today released Stress on the Streets (SOS): Race, Policing, Health, and Increasing Trust, not Trauma. The report describes the physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral impacts of current policing practices on communities of color and police officers, and promising practices to build trust and amend these harms. The report draws upon national research and original data from Ohio. Original information comes from 470 surveys of residents in select neighborhoods of Cincinnati and Akron, as well as 8 focus groups with community members in each city and police in Cincinnati. (The Cincinnati Police Department participated in the project; the Akron Police Department declined to participate.) Our findings include that there are profound impacts to the health of black people and police, including heightened stress and anxiety, with stark contrasts in experience by race. We conclude that specific changes in policing practices – including the overall model used, and in the use of four practices in particular – can build trust between police and black communities, improving public health and public safety. Executive Summary Full Report Appendices Website ”Read
  • Just Released! Report Assessing the Health and Equity Impacts of the Reef Development Project in South Central Los Angeles

    October 26, 2015
    HIP and partners are excited to release our research report analyzing the health and equity impacts of the Reef Development Project in South Central Los Angeles. The report specifically assesses the ways that the Reef project would impact existing South Central residents in terms of two key concerns: financial strain and displacement. Rooted in historical context and the effects of gentrification, we found that the Reef Development Project will place thousands of South Central Los Angeles residents at high or very high risk of financial strain or displacement. Given the affordable housing crisis in Los Angeles and the longstanding disinvestment of South Central, the report recommends that the City and developers take necessary steps to provide and protect affordable housing for local residents, support small businesses, and plan its community development projects through a trauma-informed approach. This is a community development approach that recognizes and utilizes existing community members as vital assets for a sustainable future. Executive Summary (English) Executive Summary (Spanish) Final Report Appendices ”Read
  • Governor Brown signs Wage Theft Bill (SB 588)!

    October 13, 2015
    Congratulations to our partners at the California Fair Paycheck Coalition for a deserved victory for California workers—Governor Brown signed Wage Theft Bill (SB 588)! For the past four years over 60 organizations and their members from around the state worked tirelessly to achieve this victory. The bill gives the Labor Commissioner additional tools — including wage-bond requirements, stop–work orders, and the ability to hold employers individually responsible for unpaid debt to workers — to combat wage theft. Findings from the Wage Theft HIA found that workers who experience wage theft, especially women, immigrant workers, and workers of color are more likely to experience food insecurity, poor mental well-being, and poor living conditions. The stories shared by workers exemplify how this bill will have an impact on health and equity. It was a tremendous honor to participate with Coalition partners in on-one-one visits with legislators, share our research findings and see it published as part of the bill analysis, and participate in a town-hall meeting with President pro Tempore Senator Kevin de León—the bill author— who also echoed the health impacts of wage theft. Finally, a huge thank you to our Roots of Health Network for taking action and showing their support. ”Read
  • Just Released! Dignified & Just Policing HIA on a Gang Injunction in Santa Ana, California

    September 29, 2015
    Human Impact Partners collaborated with several community organizations in Santa Ana, including The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities (BHC) site in Santa Ana, on a Health Impact Assessment of a gang injunction against the Townsend Street gang in the city’s Townsend-Raitt neighborhood. The HIA examined the impact the gang injunction would have on crime, safety, community-police relationships, education and employment. The HIA concluded that the injunction is unlikely to bring about significant and lasting reduction of serious crime, based on the outcomes of other gang injunctions and input gathered from residents, city officials, community organizations and police. On the contrary, the injunction could have negative effects on public safety, public health and public trust. Our findings led us to make specific recommendations for the police and other law enforcement and criminal justice agencies, city officials and the community as a whole. Full Report Executive Summary Addendum ”Read
  • Just released! HIP comments on a proposed road extension in New Mexico

    September 24, 2015
    HIP and partners recently submitted a comment letter to Bernalillo County in New Mexico that included the health impact assessment report Shining a Light on Health: How the Sunport Boulevard Extension Project Will Affect Health and Well-Being. The comment letter highlights: 1) significant issues that are insufficiently addressed in the County’s revised Environmental Assessment document for a proposed road extension known as the Sunport Boulevard extension, as well as 2) relevant key findings from the HIA report. We find that the evidence the County provides is lacking and does not support its findings or insufficiently does so, and that current plans by the County to extend Sunport Boulevard would add to the unfair environmental burden of a south Albuquerque community already besieged with hazardous chemicals and air pollution. Project partners include residents of the San Jose community in south Albuquerque, Bernalillo County PLACE MATTERS, New Mexico Health Equity Partnership–Santa Fe Community Foundation, New Mexico Department of Health, and SouthWest Organizing Project. Comment letter and Full HIA Report ”Read
  • Just Released! Report on “Equitable Development and Risk of Displacement”

    September 17, 2015
    HIP partnered with local community organization Chainbreaker Collective to analyze public resource allocation and risk of displacement in neighborhoods in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Available Santa Fe data shows that there are inequities among the profiled neighborhoods. Residents of these neighborhoods experience vastly different conditions in demographics, housing, and public resources. Across Santa Fe, the risk of gentrification and displacement is playing out unevenly and inequitably. Read the executive summary and the full report. ”Read
  • 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