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Health & Justice Program

The Health and Justice Program (HJP) strengthens the capacity of institutions throughout the community to support children, youth, families, and other constituents in garnering the facilities all people need to succeed — especially those in the most challenging circumstances.

The Health and Justice Program (HJP) conducts research and evaluation studies, and provides technical assistance and professional learning in school climate and safety, juvenile justice, adult criminal justice, mental and social-emotional health, prevention of violence and risky behavior, and community-based initiatives.

The WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center (JPRC), housed within HJP, 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 the latest news on 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.

Tom Hanson

Program Director

Thomas Hanson

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