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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: BARHII is 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.

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 General Meeting: Regional Means-Based Transit Fare Pilot On Friday, September 21st, BARHII will be joined by members of Bay Area Metro who will be looking to BARHII members for feedback on their Regional Means-Based Transit Fare Pilot Program Design. The pilot is designed to make transit more affordable for low-income residents, move toward a more consistent regional standard for fare discounts, and develop implementation options that are financially and administratively feasible for transit agencies and the region. BARHII Members will be asked to share their time and expertise on this program that will promote solutions to affordability barriers to transit.