The Justice, Health, and Democracy Impact initiative mourns the loss of our friend and benefactor, Mrs. Lily Safra. Mrs. Safra died on July 9, 2022 at her home in Geneva, surrounded by her family and loved ones. Learn more about her extraordinary philanthropic legacy here.

Shaping a

21st century social contract

Shaping a 21st century social contract

Clear, accessible policy guidance

Designed for practitioner use. Responsive to local needs.

Public policy is at an inflection point. Existing policy is dated and out-of-step with society’s changing needs. Policy-making is often disconnected from the communities it is meant to serve.

We need to rethink how policy is made and who makes it. Our time calls for bringing the best expertise together with leaders working to bring change and improve lives on the ground.

A new, integrative policy-making model fit for our challenging times

With the Justice, Health and Democracy Impact Initiative (JHD) experts work directly with local leaders on practical approaches to the most challenging issues facing society. Our experts collaborate with leaders across jurisdictions and at all levels of government to ensure effective policy solutions for local implementation and national scale.

From enabling a safe in-person learning environment for all children to forging a more fair and responsive justice system to providing good jobs in a post-covid economy, the JHD brings policy solutions that both scale nationally and meet needs locally.

What’s more, the model uniquely recognizes that successful policy today must account for the intersection of social justice, health equity, and equitable opportunity as central to a thriving society.


    Paving the way for meaningful change in our country’s courts, prisons, and across our justice system more broadly.


    Resources to navigate America’s policy makers through a global pandemic and beyond.


    Helping organizations and governments make educated choices for the greater good.

COVID Risk Dashboard

Our interactive risk levels dashboard tracks the pandemic in real time. Using this framework, our team of experts continue to release data-driven guidance for policy-makers across the nation. 

Guidance for Keeping Schools Safe

The key to opening schools safely? High quality infection control. Our experts deliver guidance on how schools and districts can reduce in-school COVID-19 risks for both children and adults to near zero.

Resources en español

Esta ficha informativa proporciona los datos necesarios sobre COVID-19 y la vacuna contra COVID-19 para las personas que están encarceladas y sus seres queridos.

  • We need to stop thinking about schools in a binary way — open or closed — and instead assess the risk for in-school transmission and the quality of infection control.

    Danielle Allen
    James Bryant Conant University Professor, Harvard University
  • As a principle of democracy, economic dignity and security is not just about good jobs and social safety nets, but most fundamentally about generating shared wealth at the community level.

    Nien-he Hsieh
    Acting Director (2021-2022 Academic Year) of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University
  • The Justice, Health & Democracy Impact Initiative is a blueprint for translating policy into ethical action, moving from the local to the national and back.

    Ann-Marie Slaughter
    CEO, New America