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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.

BARHII Response to Proposed Changes to Public Charge Rule On Saturday, September 22nd, the Department of Homeland Security issued a press release with proposed changes to the rules around Public Charge. BARHII wants every child and family to have a chance to thrive, and our member counties have been concerned about these proposed changes since last year. The hard work of the Bay Area’s public health staff and the quality public health services they provide are essential to creating a society where we all live longer, healthier lives. Click here to access a list of useful resources for those who are seeking to ensure access to services in this changing policy environment.