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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 is currently hiring! We’re actively involved in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts and have positions open for both consultants and a Senior Executive Assistant and Office Administrator. Desired consultants include those working with Communications or Public Information; Family Financial Assistance and Public Benefits Administration; Policy/Program Management for small community-based businesses and social enterprises; Community Mental Health and Wellness Surge Support; Fair Chance Support; and Data Analysis and Epidemiological Capacity.

For more information on the Executive Assistant position, click here or here.

For more information about consultant positions, click here.

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

BARHII and Rise Together members have responded fast to the COVID-19 health and economic crisis.   We worked together, as a merged entity, toward the shared mission that matters to us all – health equity, economic opportunity, and racial justice.  On Monday, March 16, the Bay Area Health Officers announced their shelter in place order.  By Friday, our coalition’s incredible staff have prepped community organizers and policy professionals from around the region for a meeting that would shape our immediate policy response. In the recent weeks we’ve worked to protect housing stability and prevent more houselessness; support paid sick leave and income supplements for families; highlight mental wellness and parks and open space; and connect non-profits to resources for sustainability. For more information and resources from those efforts, click here.

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BARHII is currently hiring for its COVID-19 Response. Immediately after the “shelter in place” orders began, BARHII health departments and Rise Together’s core community partners developed the BARHII-Rise Together COVID-19 Health and Economic Equity Response platform. The platform includes recommendations for immediate housing stability and homelessness prevention activities, emergency financial aid for impacted individuals, support for small business and social enterprises, protections for undocumented communities, and strategies to address racial health disparities. BARHII supports region wide implementation of these policy solutions through landscape analysis on adoption strategies, production of data briefs and reports, as well as sophisticated coordination with health departments, elected officials, and community partners to pass and implement new policies. We’re now looking for additional team members to aid in this work. Click here for more information.