About Us

Public Health Awakened is a national network of public health professionals organizing for health, equity, and justice. We work with social justice movements on strategic and collective action to create a world in which everyone can thrive and to resist the threats faced by communities of color and low-income communities.

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.

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Public Health Awakened is a project of  Human Impact Partners (HIP). The work of Public Health Awakened is guided by HIP staff and a steering committee composed of Public Health Awakened members.

We envision a future where:

  • People live in healthy and equitable communities
  • A spirit of activism and advocacy is normalized within public health
  • Social justice organizations recognize public health as a partner in their movements
  • Public health and equity advocates have a home from which to take action
  • The narrative about what public health is and the value we bring has changes

In order to create this vision, we are:

  • Creating a more explicit social justice identity for public health professionals
  • Shifting the public debate by lifting up the collective voice of public health
  • Building a community of social justice oriented public health professionals

Advocacy as a core part of public health practice