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  • 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
  • Women & Water: Lessons from the Elk River Chemical Spill Listening Sessions

    June 9, 2014
    Immediately following the Center for Disease Control’s advisory against pregnant women consuming water in the chemical spill zone, WV FREE sprang into action. “The clear reproductive health effects of the disaster compelled us to reach out to women in the affected area,” said Margaret Chapman Pomponio, WV FREE Executive Director. “Increasing public engagement in public issues and creating space for raising civic and social concerns is a main objective of our movement.” Between February and April 2014, WV FREE enlisted the help of People Concerned About Chemical Safety to conduct six listening sessions to hear directly from women and families about how the Elk River chemical spill has impacted their lives. Sixty adults participated in the listening sessions which were held in various churches and public housing complexes in Charleston and at the Putnam County Courthouse. Their questions, concerns and suggested action steps are documented in a report entitled, “Women & Water: Lessons from the Elk River Chemical Spill Listening Sessions”. Human Impact Partners provided pro bono support by synthesizing session findings and writing the report. Read the Women & Water Report. ”Read
  • New Video on Treatment Instead of Prison HIA

    June 5, 2014
    HIP and WISDOM just released a video about our HIA on increasing funding for treatment alternatives to incarceration in Wisconsin. ”Read
  • The Health Impacts of Raising the Minimum Wage

    May 19, 2014
    Human Impact Partners worked with the Health Officers Association of California to conduct a rapid health analysis of SB 935 (Leno), which is being considered by the California legislature. The bill would raise the minimum wage over the next several years and then adjust it annually to account for inflation after that.  Our analysis shows that raising the minimum wage would result in significantly improved health and wellbeing for Californians. Read the . ”Read