Health & Justice Program

Program Staff

Program Director

Thomas Hanson

The Health and Justice Program (HJP) strengthens the capacity of schools, communities, and service agencies to support their students, families, and other constituents in gaining the knowledge and skills all people need to succeed — especially those in the most challenging circumstances. Through research, evaluation, and technical assistance, HJP helps clients and other stakeholders to foster equitable, safe, supportive, and healthy environments; deep engagement in learning and working; positive development and resilience; and physical, social, and emotional wellness. HJP’s primary areas of focus are criminal justice and prevention, school climate, and mental and social-emotional health.

HJP’s Justice & Prevention Research Center (JPRC) conducts policy-relevant and methodologically sound research studies on crime and violence prevention; adult and juvenile justice system improvement; safety of children and adults; and prevention of high-risk behavior. Sign up for JPRC’s monthly newsletter and get their latest news, events, research and evaluation studies, and publications.

In partnership with the California Department of Education, HJP developed and implements a suite of psychometrically sound student, staff, and parent surveys known as the California School Climate, Health, and Learning Survey (CalSCHLS) system. This system is the largest statewide effort in the nation to assess all major domains of school climate and safety; learning engagement; youth strengths and needs; and developmental risk and protective factors at the local level, as well as staff and parent needs and supports. Sign up for the School Climate Connection Newsletter to keep informed about the latest research, resources, policies, and practice related to school climate, particularly in California.

Through its School Climate and Wellness Partnership services, HJP also works with schools and districts to develop staff and student capacity to lead improvement in school climate and wellness; use actionable data and stakeholder input to implement effective programs and practices; and engage in a data-driven process of inquiry and reflection for continuous quality improvement.