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  • Just Released: When Health is the Root Cause of Poor Education Outcomes

    April 16, 2014
    Human Impact Partners recently released a report, funded by The California Endowment, highlighting health and equity considerations for California’s recently overhauled school financing system. The new system (called Local Control Funding Formula) would increase funding for students with the greatest needs: youth who are low-income, in the foster care system, or English Language Learners. The report identifies the mental, emotional, social, and physical health problems these groups might face that could impact their classroom behaviors and education outcomes, and identifies promising practices to address these challenges. Click here for links to the full report, and the executive summary, which is provided in both English and Spanish. Total Views Views Today Read More >>
  • Just Released: Suspensions for Willful Defiance and Their Health Impacts

    April 8, 2014
    Human Impact Partners worked with the Health Officers Association of California to conduct a rapid health analysis of AB 420 (Dickinson), which is being considered by the California legislature and governor. The bill would end the practice of of suspending or recommending for expulsion a pupil who “willfully defies” the authority of school officials. We find that the bill would have many benefits to physical and mental health, including through reduced school dropout, poverty and incarceration. Because African Americans are disproportionately suspended and expelled for willful defiance, the bill would benefit them the most. To read our analysis, click here. Total Views Views Today Read More >>
  • Alameda County Public Health Policy Brief Released!

    March 20, 2014
    Today, Human Impact Partners released a new public health policy brief that follows how one county health department restructured its work to take on the underlying factors that contribute to health. Check out the brief –   – for the practicalities of staffing and funding adjustments that were made, key elements for success, and how the department partners with communities today. Many thanks to the Alameda County Public Health Department staff who contributed to and reviewed this brief. Read the brief. Read a related paper by the Alameda County Public Health Department. Total Views Views Today Read More >>
  • New video about the Farmers Field HIA

    March 19, 2014
    HIP worked with community organizers at LA CAN and a panel of impacted stakeholders on an HIA of a proposed football stadium in LA to win community benefits, including $15M for affordable housing. Watch this new video about the project and visit the case story page to learn more. Total Views Views Today Read More >>
  • Open comment period announced for Minimum Elements and Practice Standards for HIA, March 3 – April 30

    March 4, 2014
    The co-authors of the North American HIA Practice Standards are excited to announce an Open Comment period on the current version of the Minimum Elements and Practice Standards for Health Impact Assessment (Version 2.0). The Open Comment period will run from March 3 – April 30, 2014. The was published in November 2010. In an effort to maintain the rigor and applicability of the MEs/PSs to the burgeoning HIA practice in North America, the co-authors intend to revise the MEs/PSs in 2014, and release Version 3.0 in time for the upcoming HIA of the Americas workshop in September 2014. As part of this revision process, we are incorporating an Open Comment period for HIA practitioners and colleagues to weigh in on the document and provide substantive and specific feedback. For example, questions to consider include: Are there any additional MEs/PSs that should be considered for inclusion? Conversely, are there any MEs/PSs that should be removed or revised substantially? Is the language of any element or standard confusing or problematic? Have there been any difficulties in applying the MEs/PSs? What can be done to make the MEs/PSs more user-friendly? Are there other changes you would recommend to improve uptake of the MEs/PSs? To facilitate our ability to review and address ... Read More >>
  • 2014-2015 Health and Equity Fellowship Program

    February 18, 2014
    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 Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and Health in All Policies (HiAP). Applications are due Friday, March 21st. For more information, read the . You can also view a recording of the informational webinar about the Health and Equity Fellowship Program  and view a pdf of the. Total Views Views Today Read More >>
  • HIA for Organizers!

    December 6, 2013
    We’re excited to release the paper “Health Impact Assessment: An Effective Strategy to Use in Organizing Campaigns and to Build Community Power.” The paper highlights for community organizers how a health perspective broadly, and Health Impact Assessment specifically, can be an effective strategy to use in organizing campaigns, build community power, and bring about policy wins. We provide background on HIA, brief examples of how it has been used in organizing, a more detailed case study of an incarceration-related HIA conducted in Wisconsin, examples of HIA and organizing wins, and several challenges to doing this work. We also provide some simple steps organizers can take to take to build their capacity around HIA. Thanks much to David Liners at WISDOM and Becky Dennison at Los Angeles Community Action Network for their review of the paper.  Total Views Views Today Read More >>
  • HIP is hiring a graduate student intern!

    December 6, 2013
    HIP is hiring a graduate student  intern for the spring semester. Those working towards a degree in public health or other related field with strong analytical methods are encouraged to apply. Applications are due January 8, 2014. Click here to apply. Total Views Views Today Read More >>
  • HIP is Hiring! 10/7/2013

    October 7, 2013
    Click here for the job desciption and information on how to apply. Total Views Views Today Read More >>
  • Just Released! Health Impact Assessment of the Long Beach Housing Element 8/26/13

    August 26, 2013
    Every eight years the City of Long Beach is required by the State of California to update the Housing Element of its General Plan. Policies and programs included in the Housing Element have a direct impact on the quality and location of housing that is affordable in Long Beach, particularly for the City’s most vulnerable populations. Every eight years the City of Long Beach is required by the State of California to update the Housing Element of its General Plan. Policies and programs included in the Housing Element have a direct impact on the quality and location of housing that is affordable in Long Beach, particularly for the City’s most vulnerable populations. In partnership with Housing Long Beach and the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, HIP conducted an HIA to inform the current Housing Element update process in Long Beach. The HIA highlights the potential health-related impacts of the proposed changes to the Housing Element, and provides recommendations aimed to improve the impact of the final 2013-2021 Housing Element on housing affordability, quality and location in Long Beach. The HIA was submitted as a comment to the State Department of Housing and Community Development to consider in their review ... Read More >>
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