BARHII provides policy, systems and environmental change to improve living conditions and reduce structural racism and exclusion through data, research, analysis, and best practices. We are uniquely positioned to advance and accelerate strategic change in governmental public health practice. BARHII provides education to community groups and public agencies on health equity research and improvement strategies and holds its own regular communities of practice on various topics relating to public health.
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In 2017, BARHII will achieve four major outcomes:
+ Protect Health Equity Gains for health equity communities across the Bay Area by supporting nine local Public Health Departments (LHDs) to implement safety protections, use public health voice to defend civil rights, and preserve funding that advances health equity.
+ Create Healthier Communities for tens of thousands of Bay Area residents by ensuring five jurisdictions adopt policies that expand housing affordability and economic opportunity.
+ Advance Racial Equity through technical assistance to seven LHDs implementing human resources or budget justice projects that will reduce institutional racism in hiring, promoting, purchasing, and spending.
+ Empower 200 Health Equity Leaders from local public health departments with new skills to advance health equity.
In May, the Structural Racism and Social Determinants of Health Committee will be begin discussions and a speaker series around cannabis.
Data Committee’s May Meeting will be the official launch of our joint Data Committee meetings with the Public Health Alliance of Southern California, and will include a panel on community and hospital partnerships with local health departments. We’ll also spend time discussing BARHII’s recent Immigrant Data Survey.
May’s General Membership Meeting is a chance to check in with BARHII and Local Health Department’s work in the six months since the election.
This reflection session will be an interactive opportunity to not only get updates and insight on BARHII’s most recent work, including our Immigrant Data Survey and the State Legislation we’re working on in 2017, but also to hear from local health departments on what’s been changing in their departments.
In May, Internal Capacity Committee will focus on Napa County’s experiences of using the BARHII Toolkit. It will also have discussions of the ad-hoc workgroup developing BARHII’s Addressing Bias and Micro-Agressions in the Workplace training.
May’s Policy Committee Meeting will begin to discuss our next steps of our policy work after finalizing our list of 2017 state legislation in April. In addition, we’ll have a federal policy update and discussions of regional planning.
In May, BEC will feature a presentation on resiliency by Jasneet Sharma of San Mateo County as well as updates on Plan Bay Area 2040.
Following the enthusiasm around our Valentine’s Day “Love Your Neighbor Training,” BARHII is beginning to offer Bystander Intervention for Hate and Bias Incidents in new locations. This training focuses on what we can do as individuals to protect and support the members of our community who are vulnerable to racist, sexist, homophobic, islamophobic, and other hate-based attacks and explores our role as individuals in supporting safe communities for everyone.