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Hello, Friends!

It's time for another dose of HIP updates. We send these every other month.

What you'll find in this issue: research on fear of detention/deportation in Texas, research on paid family leave and utility shutoffs in California, advocacy and capacity building updates, a warm welcome to our newest teammates, and much more. Tell us what you think! Just hit reply.

Research Updates
In mid-October we released The Effects of Forced Family Separation in the Rio Grande Valley: A Family Unity, Family Health Research Update, in partnership with La Unión Del Pueblo Entero (LUPE). This is a localized research update to our 2013 national research, focused on the health impacts to children and families of living in fear of detainment and/or deportation.
 

In early October we released Understanding Working & Caregiving: An Analysis of California Paid Family Leave, in partnership with the California Work & Family Coalition. The research evaluates how California's Paid Family Leave matches up with the needs of working family caregivers.
 
HIP contributed mapping and data analysis to a research report on energy insecurity in California by The Utility Reform Network. The report shows that utility shutoffs disproportionately impact communities of color in California, and that shutoffs have serious health implications for households left without power. 

Go to the Living Without Power report >>
Health Equity Capacity Building Updates
Health Equity Tips 'n Tactics Series Launching in January
We're launching a new monthly email series in January, to share concrete tips on how to advance health equity in your organization. 


For us, there is no one correct place to start, and there are no "experts" on how to build power, end racism, or advance equity. We are all experimenting and learning! We'll offer these tips as concrete actions you can take based on ours and others' experience. Make sure you're signed up to receive "Health Equity Capacity Building Updates" so you don't miss this series!

Two New Case Studies Added to the Health Equity Guide
We're delighted to share 2 new case studies of local health departments advancing health equity in their counties! Health Equity Awakened Retreat and Other Workshop Highlights
  • Last month, we gathered our 19 fellows for a 3-day retreat in Essex, MA. Supported by guest facilitators and mentors, our fellows developed a deeper understanding of using a transformative organizing approach to advance racial justice and health equity.
  • We're also energized to work with the Wisconsin Population Health Service Fellows and the Rhode Island Department of Health staff in our latest travels to facilitate health equity workshops.
  • We're excited to build public health's power in California, too! Earlier this month, we facilitated a Building Power for Health Equity workshop with more than 100 people from local health departments across California.
Learn more about our capacity building offerings >>
 
Recommendations to Advance Equity via Higher Accreditation Standards
Earlier this year, the Public Health Accreditation Board commissioned HIP to recommend guidance as it prepares its health department accreditation standards. The paper summarizes current equity activities in health departments, available resources, and recommendations for how to advance health equity in US health departments.
Advocacy Updates
Mobilizing Public Health to Oppose the 'Public Charge Test' Proposal
Along with many groups and organizations, we got the word out about the harmful "public charge" rule proposal from the Department of Homeland Security. The government received over 200,000 comments during their public comment period (double the original goal set by advocates)! We are keeping track of the process as it evolves.
Recommendations to Achieve Equity in Lead Poisoning Prevention
Earlier this month, we released Achieving Equity in Lead Poisoning Prevention Policy Making: Proceedings from a Consensus Conference. The report documents the deliberations of over 40 experts from across the country, who met in August to discuss equity in lead policy making. 
Organizational Updates:
Staff Transitions, Office Space Available
New Health Instead of Punishment Program Director: Amber Akemi Piatt
We're excited to announce Amber Akemi Piatt as our new Health Instead of Punishment Program Director. Amber will lead our national work to advance a healing, transformative vision for the criminal justice system. Her commitment to taking action in solidarity with those who have been most impacted by mass incarceration and police violence guides the program’s work.


You might recognize Amber from her work with the Bay Area-based Public Health Justice Collective, her California policy advocacy for reproductive justice as a Women's Policy Institute Fellow, her most recent position as a researcher with PolicyLink, or one of the many other places where she's demonstrated her commitment to health and justice. 

New Project Director: Megan Gaydos
We're also very happy to welcome Megan Gaydos as a Project Director at HIP. Megan has been managing our Health Equity Guide resource from the beginning, and we're excited to have her onboard as a staff member. She'll manage a new project to advance housing justice through collaborations between public health departments and community organizers. 

Through her work with public health departments and advocates over the past 20 years, she has seen how intentionally leading with the voices of those most impacted by inequities changes the vision of what is needed and plan of how to get there. Megan is delighted to support HIP projects that nurture individual and organizational transformation through organizing and capacity building.
 
Is this your new workspace in downtown Oakland?
We have space in our downtown Oakland office to sublet starting this fall, for 10-12 people. Rent would be about $7,500/month. We're looking for a multi-year sublet with 3% rent increase annually (per our own contract with the building). Email us if you're interested: info@humanimpact.org.

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