By Megan Gaydos, Ana Tellez, and Raina Wellman
Today we’re revisiting one of our Health Equity Tips to uplift how meaningful community engagement as a strategy to build community power is a big slice of the pie when it comes to health equity work.
Health departments: it’s time to establish community engagement guidelines with an explicit goal of power sharing. …
By Sari Bilick and Amber Akemi Piatt
While the federal tax deadline has been moved to May 17th this year, we still feel called to mark April 15th with reflections on how critical our tax structure is to building a healthy society. As we continue to protect each other through the COVID-19 pandemic and get to know the new federal administration, we have the opportunity to make long-overdue structural changes to improve community health, address historical and ongoing oppression, and promote equitable COVID-19 recovery.
Our taxes can be an important component in that effort: by pooling our resources together for…
By Solange Gould
In 2020, public health became a catchphrase in popular discourse. In news media surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the uprisings against policing and in defense of Black lives, the term was often deployed to spotlight how various systemic crises cause harm and violence. We rightly asserted that “Racism is a public health crisis” and demanded that our decision-makers “Defund the police, invest in health”.
This was an important first step in shifting the narrative. Events of the past year catalyzed a growing recognition that nearly every aspect of our lives intersects with public health— and…
By Lili Farhang
We lead with our humanity and the centrality of our relationships, making space to acknowledge how our bodies and hearts feel. We seek to build a sense of belonging and heal from the traumas of living in systems of advantage and oppression.
— on Centering the Heart, from HIP’s Strategic Plan
By Solange Gould, Sophia Simon-Ortiz, and Shannon Tracey
Let’s use this election to shift who holds power, how power is held, and what collective power looks like, to advance health equity.
This election, we have the power to transform the terrain upon which the health of our communities depends. To cultivate collective health, we can use the power of our votes to overhaul and transform existing systems of oppression.
We’re all feeling the high stakes, heartache, and anxiety of this election. The decades-long attack on our public sector infrastructure has limited our ability to respond to COVID-19, and has left…
By Solange Gould
This summer many of us are deeply feeling the health impacts of the climate crisis — from the hundreds of deaths due to extreme heat, to breathing unsafe air from forest fires, to the “eco-anxiety”, depression, and other mental health impacts of this existential threat. In just a few months of summer, we have already lived through hurricanes, tornados, mudslides, wildfires, heat waves, severe drought, and flooding.
Climate change is affecting all of us, but those who face health inequities are experiencing the worst impacts. This is because climate injustice and health inequities share the same root…
By Martha Ockenfels-Martinez
As of March 24th of this year, 361 bills have been introduced in state legislatures around the country that would restrict voting. The bills range in methods, yet the consequences would be the same: voting rights destroyed and widespread voter disenfranchisement. Thankfully, communities, voting rights advocates, and elected officials are working on passing two federal bills, the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, to ensure the people’s right to vote. So what does this have to do with public health?
With 2020 behind us, and a long road to health equity ahead, HIP staff reflect on a few of the things that moved us and got us through last year.
By Human Impact Partners Staff
Shortly before the New Year, HIP staff gathered together (virtually) to reflect on the year coming to a close, to appreciate one another for the our mutual care, love, and work, and to set our intentions for advancing health equity in the time ahead. As part of that reflection, we each shared some of the things that inspired, moved, and got us through 2020.
By Christine Mitchell, Lien Pham, and Narissa Pham
On August 31st, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom transferred Tien Pham from San Quentin State Prison in California to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody at a detention center in Colorado. Tien is a Vietnamese refugee who was charged as an adult at the age of 17, and was recently found suitable for parole after 2 decades of incarceration. But because of direct ICE transfers — a practice where jails and prisons transfer people directly to ICE custody for detention and deportation upon release — he is now separated from his family…
By Christine Mitchell, Martha Ockenfels-Martinez, Jamie Sarfeh, & Sophia Simon-Ortiz
Over the past month, much of the news surrounding service slow downs and impending budget cuts at the United States Postal Service (USPS) has focused on the threats posed to voting in the upcoming November elections. Voter disenfranchisement is a real and urgent concern, as so many will depend on mail-in ballots to safely cast their votes this year amidst the ongoing pandemic. …
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