HIP’s work focuses on three program areas – Health Instead of Punishment, Economic Security, and Equitable Built Environment – though we have worked and will continue to work in other policy areas.

In each of our programs, we use our three core strategies – research, advocacy, capacity building – to advance our mission and to bring the power of public health science to campaigns for a just society.

Health Instead of Punishment

The goals of HIP’s Health Instead of Punishment program are:

  • Advance an alternative vision for our criminal justice system – one that places health and wellbeing at the center of policy reforms.
  • Contribute to criminal justice reform victories that advance health and wellbeing.
  • Build partnerships between criminal justice advocates and public health practitioners to advance the vision and reforms.
  • Activate health professionals to use their voice, power, and resources to engage in criminal justice reform efforts.

In addition to our research projects with grassroots and advocacy partners, we are beginning to build the capacity of public health agencies to engage in criminal justice reform. We are also convening a national alliance of criminal justice reform advocates who incorporate a degree of public health consciousness in their work and public health practitioners who have done work at the nexus of incarceration, health, and health equity.

Economic Security

The goals of HIP’s Economic Security program are:

  • Use public health data and framing to achieve concrete policy wins that improve living and working conditions – and health – for people experiencing economic insecurity.
  • Lead a national public health voice that advocates for economic security, and brings public health stakeholders to the table.
  • Begin to change the dominant narrative around the causes and effects of economic insecurity by organizing and/or mobilizing public health professionals in economic security debates.

In addition to our research projects with grassroots and advocacy partners, we have been mobilizing health professionals to engage in economic security policy debates.

Equitable Built Environment

The connections between health and the built environment are well-established and public health practitioners are increasingly engaged in land use and transportation planning. The reality, however, is that much of this work lacks a strong focus on equity, both in the choice of project selected and in how the research is conducted. In this context, Human Impact Partners’ Equitable Built Environment program applies an equity-based public health approach to conducting research on proposals in the housing, land use, and transportation domains. Cross-cutting themes in our research include consideration of environmental justice, displacement, gentrification, and affordability and access.