Partner Communities

Together we can do more.

The Justice, Health & Democracy Impact Initiative (JHD) was founded on the idea that the pace of traditional academic research doesn’t meet the needs of the continuously changing policy landscape. Only by working across jurisdictions and disciplines, and in direct contact with practitioners and the communities they serve can we hope to realize more ethical, equitable, and beneficial outcomes for all. We do this by building communities of practice centered around policy issues. Our extensive connections allow us to convene quickly networks of municipal and business leaders, scholars, and policy experts who form the backbone of our work.

It's time to change how policy is made

and who makes it.

The JHD Mayors Network

We’re fortunate to have an expanding network of local leaders who, from the very beginning, have pushed us to translate our research and their insight into functional, iterative policy frameworks and resources that they can employ to help their constituents thrive. Because we widely disseminate the tools we create, including through national associations, the work of our Mayors Network benefits communities across the country.

See the cities we’re working with:

"I've benefited greatly from a variety of outside experts since taking office, but working with JHD has been the most insightful and thought-provoking experience I've had. The Seven Principles of Justice Reform really helped shape my selection of a new Police Chief and that list is literally taped to my desk and continues to inform the way I think about collective safety and accountability."

Would your community like to work with JHD? Contact us here.

Institutional and Business Partners

Because JHD is, itself, a partnership between Harvard’s Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics, New America, and the Brown School of Public Health, we are able to make wide-reaching connections in the public and private sectors, across disciplines, and at all levels of government. Here is just a sample  of the institutions and organizations who have participated in JHD’s work to date:

Act Now

Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative

California Volunteers

Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School 

Center for Global Health Science and Security

Citi Ventures

Dignity Best Practices

Full Frame Initiative

Government Performance Lab, Harvard Kennedy School 

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

McChrystal Group

Medical Justice Alliance

Microsoft Research


National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

National Association of Counties

National Association of County and City Health Officials

National Governors Association

NTI Global Biological Policy & Programs

Northeast Texas Public Health District

Opportunity Insights

Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, Harvard Law School


Rockefeller Foundation Global Covid-19 Response and Recovery

RTI International

Service Year

Scientific Citizenship Initiative, Harvard Medical School

Small Business Majority

Social Progress Imperative

The U.S. Conference of Mayors

Washington Center on Equitable Growth

United for ALICE

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of the Treasury

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Is your organization interested in partnering with JHD? Contact us here.