Policy resources: science, technology, & health equity

Selected Resources

Social determinants of health, health equity & racial justice

"Pollution and Prejudice: Redlining and Environmental Injustice in California," CalEPA, August 16, 2021.

“‘Policy violence’ against people of color increases COVID-19’s deadly toll,” Anthony Iton, The Sacramento Bee, April 16, 2020.

"Covid-19 will pass. Will we be able to say the same about the racism it has illuminated?" Morgan Medlock, STAT News, April 23, 2020.

American Public Health Association, "Advancing Health Equity"

"What is systemic racism?" Video series by Race Forward, focusing on racism across multiple institutions and social determinants of health (Wealth Gap, Employment, Housing Discrimination, Government Surveillance, Incarceration, Drug Arrests, Immigration Arrests, and Infant Mortality).

"#BlackLivesMatter — A Challenge to the Medical and Public Health Communities," Bassett, Mary T., New England Journal of Medicine, 2015.

“A Toolkit for Centering Racial Equity Throughout Data Integration, Hawn Nelson, A., Jenkins, D., Zanti, S., Katz, M., Berkowitz, E., et al., 2020.

"Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Governments," Rudolph, L., Caplan, J., Ben-Moshe, K., & Dillon, L., Washington, DC and Oakland, CA: American Public Health Association and Public Health Institute, 2013.

World Health Organization, "About social determinants of health"

"The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More is Getting Us Less," Bradley, E. & Taylor, L., 2013.

"From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development," Shonkoff, J. & Phillips, D., eds., National Research Council (US) and Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Integrating the Science of Early Childhood Development, Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press, 2000.

"The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation." Documentary series focused on the science of early childhood development, 2017.

"Unnatural Causes: Is inequality making us sick?" Documentary series focused on social determinants of health, 2008.

Science & technology governance

"A People’s Guide to AI," Mimi Onuoha and Mother Cyborg (Diana Nucera), Detroit: Allied Media Projects, 2018.

"Digital defense playbook: Community power tools for reclaiming data," Lewis, T., Gangadharan, S. P., Saba, M., & Petty, T., Detroit: Our Data Bodies, 2018. Additional resources at: Our Data Bodies Project - Tools.

"Facial Recognition Technologies in the Wild: A Call for a Federal Office," Learned-Miller, E., Buolamwini, J., Ordóñez, V. and Morgenstern, J., 2020.

"An innovative idea for California’s economy: a tech dividend," Chris Benner, The Mercury News, Nov. 14, 2018.

"Beyond Basic Income: Claiming Our Right to Govern Technology," Bernhardt, A., UC-Berkeley Labor Center, 2017.

"Technology, innovation, and health equity," Fong, H. & Harris, E., Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 2015.

"Public Health in the Precision-Medicine Era," Bayer, R. & Galea, S., New England Journal of Medicine, 2015.

“The people’s prescription: Re-imagining health innovation to deliver public value,” University College London (UCL), Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP). IIPP Policy Report, October 2018. London, UK: IIPP, Global Justice Now, Just Treatment, STOPAIDS.

“The risk-reward nexus in the innovation-inequality relationship: who takes the risks? Who gets the rewards?” Lazonick, William and Mazzucato, Mariana, Industrial and Corporate Change, 22(4), 2013.

"Extreme Genetic Engineering and the Human Future: Reclaiming Emerging Biotechnologies for the Common Good," the Center for Genetics & Society and Friends of the Earth, 2015.

“CRISPR – Science Can’t Solve It,” Sarewitz, Daniel, Nature, 522(7557), 2015.

"The Influence of Industry Sponsorship on the Research Agenda: A Scoping Review," Fabbri, A., Lai, A., Grundy, Q., & Bero, L., American Journal of Public Health, 2018.

"10 tips for spotting industry involvement in science policy," Bero, L., Tobacco Control, Vol. 28, Issue 1, 2018.

“Science Policies for Reducing Societal Inequities,” Woodhouse, Edward and Sarewitz, Daniel, Science and Public Policy, 34(2), 2007.

The Human Right to Science: Article 15 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).

California policy-making: innovation, inclusion, health equity

"From Resistance to Renewal: A 12-Step Program for Innovation and Inclusion in the California Economy," Manuel Pastor and Chris Benner, with Arpita Sharma, Edward Muna, Stina Rosenquist, and Vanessa Carter; Univ. of Southern California Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and UC-Santa Cruz Institute for Social Transformation, 2018.

"Still Walking the Lifelong Tightrope: Technology, Insecurity and the Future of Work," Benner, C., Giusta, G., Auerhahn, L., Brownstein, B., & Buchanan, J., UC-Santa Cruz Everett Program, 2018.

Silicon Valley Rising: Research Reports

"Portrait of Promise: The CA Statewide Plan to Promote Health and Mental Health Equity," Report to the Legislature and the People of California by the Office of Health Equity, California Department of Public Health, 2015.

“California’s health care paradox: Too much health care spending may lead to poor community health,” Lown Institute, 2019.

"Making Equity Real in Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience Policies and Programs: A Guidebook," Mohnot, S., Bishop, J., & Sanchez, A., Greenlining Institute, 2019.

Climate Change and Health Equity Program, Office of Health Equity, California Department of Public Health.

Climate Justice Comic Book: "Warning from my Future Self," Jean Tepperman and Alfred Twu, 2016.


"Practicing Interdisciplinarity," Lélé, S. & Norgaard, R., BioScience, Vol. 55, No. 11, 2005.


Algorithmic Justice League

Asian Pacific Environmental Network

California Endowment

Center for Genetics & Society

Communities for the a Better Environment

Data for Black Lives

Data & Society

ETC Group


Friends of the Earth

FrameWorks Institute

Greenaction for Health & Environmental Justice

Greenlining Institute

Pesticide Action Network


Public Health Awakened

Race Forward

Science for the People

Spirit of 1848 (Social Justice & Public Health)

Structural Competency Working Group

Tech Equity Collaborative

Tech Workers Coalition

Union of Concerned Scientists

(among many other great organizations)