About Us

About Us

Public Health Awakened is a group of public health professionals organizing for health, equity, and justice — formed in response to the Trump administration.

We work with social justice movements on strategic and collective action to resist the threats faced by communities of color and low-income communities and to create a world in which everyone can thrive.

We are calling on public health nonprofits, government agencies, academics, and others to courageously step up and use our power — our evidence, expertise, voice, and resources — to protect and promote people’s lives and communities.


Why now?

The Trump Administration is moving on a regressive and anti-democratic vision of America that conflicts with our values of health, equity, and justice. Communities across the country face extraordinary threats to their health and well-being.

Public health advocates working to advance health equity have understood that we must confront the roots of health inequities — oppression and power. And we’ve known that we will not achieve health equity working on our own. We need to build a broad movement that joins with other social justice movements. In our current climate, holding to these principles is more important than ever to fight the racism, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia, and corporatism at the heart of the Administration. Public health advocates have endless opportunities to act on these principles to help resist the harms to health.


How Does Public Health Awakened Work?

Public Health Awakened is an initiative convened and staffed by Human Impact Partners (HIP).

HIP and a set of strategic advisors composed of Public Health Awakened members are developing the initial group processes and structure. A steering committee to more formally guide Public Health Awakened will be established later in 2017.

Members volunteer their time to advance collective efforts. We don’t expect everyone to participate in everything the group is doing. But we hope members get activated in the group’s work. We are also about self-organizing, which means we want members to propose ideas to the group and feel empowered to move that work forward.


About This Website

Our website was generously developed by Megan Woo.