Areas of Work

Recognizing that change will not happen simply by presenting compelling scientific information, the Institute works with stakeholders, including vulnerable communities, to articulate their questions, conduct research, and present the findings and action steps in ways that acknowledges their current realities and addresses their needs.

We focus our research and trainings in three areas.

Equity and Policy

The efficacy of governmental and institutional equity initiatives and processes, using the findings to promote policy change, addressing and eventually eliminating systemic, community, and individual level inequities locally and nationally;

We define equity as a state of being where race, sex, class, and other social identity categories can no longer predict life outcomes and where outcomes for all groups are improved. 

Healing Justice

Healing Justice consists of practices, services, and resources that foster recovery and resilience in the face of trauma and other harm caused by oppression.  We will look at existing healing strategies, their impact on community health and well-being, and disseminate those methods to promote robust and healthy individuals and communities.

Community-Based Research and Practice

Best practices for community-engaged research that ensures community members are treated in ethical ways, promotes strong relationships with community organizations and creates new community engagement frameworks and tools.


Institute for Healing Justice and Equity
Saint Louis, Missouri

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