Our North Star Amidst Uncertainty: Announcing the HIP 2020–2024 Strategic Plan

By Lili Farhang and Solange Gould

The genesis of HIP’s new strategic plan

Over the course of the past year, HIP’s Board and staff engaged in a collaborative process to reflect on our mission, vision, and values, and to evaluate our work. We received feedback from stakeholders on what we were doing right and what we needed to improve. These conversations invited us to consider our work with fresh eyes and articulate anew the why of HIP.

Photo of the HIP staff together on zoom call
Photo of the HIP staff together on zoom call
The Human Impact Partners staff staying connected while sheltering in place, August 2020.

Restating the why of our work

Human Impact Partners transforms the field of public health to center equity and builds collective power with social justice movements.

This new mission statement is ambitious and plainly states what we see as our role in the public health landscape. And as the health impacts of stark racial, income, and occupational inequities become all the more evident with COVID-19, we take this role more seriously than ever.

  • Centering the heart
  • Racial Justice
  • Authentic democracy
  • Partnership
  • Emergent practice

Measuring our Impact

We stretched ourselves to more clearly state the impacts we seek to have as an organization and staff. We aim to meaningfully contribute to the following impacts:

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  • Health equity is the explicit goal of public health institutions — particularly governmental public health — with systems change at the center of the work.
  • Public health practitioners are agents of change for health equity and racial justice.

Relevance to this moment: What our partners are asking of us

Over the past several months, grassroots and governmental partners alike have been reaching out to HIP for support. Their stories paint a picture that more bridges between our worlds are needed to enact structural transformations to center health equity and racial justice..

Reflections on our road ahead

And we have a long way to go. To truly transform public health, we must address a pandemic unfolding against a backdrop of the long and continued legacy of structural racism and disinvestment in our communities. As we continue to mourn Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and the countless others who have been killed by the police, we follow the leadership of the Movement for Black Lives in calls for an end to policing, surveillance, and incarceration, and investment in systems to support a world where all have what they need to thrive.

Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.

During the formation of our new strategic plan, we created a container that allowed us to imagine what our future would look like when we achieved health equity and racial justice. We were forced to let go of those parts of HIP that weren’t leading us actively towards that future. Let’s continue to imagine and create a powerfully-transformed future, and join together across movements to build our power for the long fight ahead.

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HIP Staff and Board at our retreat, October 2019

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