Clear accessible policy guidance.

Committed to wellbeing for all.

Our mission is to strengthen justice, health, and democracy in all communities by forging partnerships among researchers, policymakers, and stakeholders to deliver ethics-based, impactful, and timely solutions to urgent public problems.


All JHD projects start with a Strategic Impact Idea. These ideas for ethically grounded approaches to urgent public problems can come from anywhere – academics, policy makers, even directly from communities.


The JHD partners from Harvard, Brown, and New America assemble a multidisciplinary team of researchers, practitioners, and community leaders to share insights and explore solutions.


Working in close collaboration, the JHD team generates and tests policy recommendations hand-in-hand with practitioners and communities in need of solutions.


JHD project teams share what they’ve learned through the dissemination of knowledge and resources, creating opportunities for broader impact in other communities looking to generate change.

photo collage: top Harvard University, bottom left: Capitol Building, Washington DC, bottom right Brown University

A Unique Partnership

The Justice, Health & Democracy Impact Initiative is a partnership between the Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard UniversityNew America, and the Brown University School of Public Health. Born out of the necessity to rethink how policy is made and who makes it, we seek to bring the best expertise together with civic and community leaders working to bring change and empower their citizens.

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