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Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative


The Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) is a coalition of the San Francisco Bay Area’s eleven public health departments committed to advancing health equity. The regional collaboration includes public health directors, health officers, senior managers and staff from Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma counties, and the City of Berkeley. 

BARHII in the news: We are featured in an op-ed piece in the San Francisco Chronicle about our work alongside CASA on housing and creating health equity! Our displacement brief and the Three P’s approach of protection, preservation, and protection are mentioned. When housing becomes less affordable, families are forced to prioritize spending on housing over health, making unhealthy tradeoffs. We are taking action to make housing affordable to improve health. More details about our action plans on housing affordability and health can be found here and here.

BARHII event spotlight: Community Power and Public Health. BARHII invites the community to this special event, giving attendees the opportunity to advance collaboration in the region by participating in a workshop with Dawn Phillips and Renée Branch Canady on strategies for engaging community organizing groups with public health departments. Our East Bay Event will take place in Oakland on Tuesday, August 28th and our South Bay Event will take place in Redwood City on Wednesday August 29th. Click here to register and for more information on our East Bay Event and click here to register for our South Bay Event.

BARHII’s general meeting: Advancing Racial Equity In the Public Health Workforce is coming up on Friday, July 20th. BARHII’s recent assessment of the Bay Area’s workforce needs and capacities led to a deeper understanding of the opportunities to advance racial equity within our counties’ public health systems. We will be joined by guest speaker Kevin Barnett, the co-director of the California Future Health Workforce Commission and a Senior Investigator at the Public Health Institute. Click here for more information.