Every summer, we hire a graduate student working towards a degree in public health or other related field. We are accepting applications for summer 2016! Read the 2016 HIP Summer Internship Description.
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Public health professionals nationwide have joined the call for a complete overhaul of the nation’s broken immigration system, arguing that the fear and anxiety it inflicts does irreparable harm to child growth and development, emotional stability, self-confidence, social skills and ability to learn. A robust body of research shows that this damage can last far into adult life.
“Those of us working on the front lines in hospitals, clinics and community service organizations see every day the suffering caused by our broken immigration system,” said Lili Farhang, co-director of Human Impact Partners, a nonprofit that studies the health and equity impacts of public policy. HIP’s study, Family Unity, Family Health: How Family-Focused Immigration Reform Will Mean Better Health for Children and Families, documents the adverse health consequences of family instability, economic strain and toxic stress.
The study found that without reforms that create a clear path to citizenship, each year hundreds of thousands of children of undocumented immigrants suffer poorer physical and mental health, lower educational achievement and increased poverty and hunger.
“I see firsthand the toxic toll on children who are anxious and fearful that their parents could be taken away from them,” said Dr. Babak Ettekal, Site Medical Director of the ... Read More >>
HIP and ISAIAH are excited to release Drowning in Debt: A Health Impact Assessment of How Payday Loan Reforms Improve the Health of Minnesota’s Most Vulnerable. The report looks at the compelling evidence of the harm caused by payday loans to the health and mental health of borrowers, their families, and their communities. It shows that reforms to payday lending – including elimination of the practice in the state – will help slow the wealth drain on individuals and the community, thereby reducing stress and preventing further harm to health and well-being.
In 2014, Minnesota has 72 licensed storefronts, and along with Internet lenders, made more than 385,000 loans to about 50,000 borrowers. The cost of these loans is staggering: Totaling almost $150 million, the average loan amount was $390, with borrowers averaging 10 loan transactions a year. The average APR was 252%.
The report describes the overall context for payday lending – including a changing economic climate and increased financial insecurity – and highlights how payday loans:
Trap Minnesotans in a cycle of debt and increase inequities in income, wealth, and health
Target and drain wealth from Minnesota’s most vulnerable communities
Worsen financial insecurity and negatively affect employment
Contribute to creating stressful family relations
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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.
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Visit the Tools & Resources section of this website for a recording of the webinar and to view the presentation used.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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