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Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative

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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 and CASA in the News: Warren Slocum, a member of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, has written a new op-ed piece in The San Mateo Daily Journal about CASA and housing affordability in San Mateo County! The brief uses BARHII data and discusses why the CASA process is needed for the Bay Area. Separately, BARHII has done a Health Analysis of the CASA Compact detailing the health equity implications of the proposed agreement. 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.

New BARHII Issue Brief: Housing Stability and Family Health High Housing costs have caused extreme and sometimes dangerous overcrowding, increased family homelessness, and reductions in money available for food and medical care. These conditions have implications for the development of the Bay Area’s youngest residents and the future economic health of the region. While this issue brief focuses on housing stability and family health in the San Francisco Bay Area, the information is salient in many communities across the country where housing costs—and housing insecurity—are rising. Click here to view the brief.

Health Equity and Economic Opportunity in COVID-19 Responses On Friday, March 20th, BARHII/Rise Together held our joint General Membership Meeting dedicated to COVID-19 Responses. We had over 70 attendees from across the Bay Area sharing ideas and resources for a comprehensive public health and economic response. In these times of crisis, it’s critical to protect housing equity and economic stability for families in that response. Not only can housing insecurity disrupt a family’s ability to shelter in place and practice social distancing, but it forces unhealthy trade-offs between paying for housing and investing in medical care, nutrition, and other basic needs. The lack of certainty and threat to financial stability can lead to mental health impacts including higher rates of depression and other impacts to overall health. We’ve put together some resources from the meeting, which are available here.