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.
Data Committee’s August Meeting will continue BARHII’s Joint Data Committee meetings with the Public Health Alliance of Southern California, and will include presentations on both the Cost-Benefit of WIC for Adverse Outcomes and a presentation from Solano County on their recent epidemiology work. It will also include a presentation from Alameda County on their Immigration and Public Health Brief.
In place of BARHII’s regular August General Membership and Internal Capacity Committee meetings, we will be partnering with Berkeley Media Studies Group for a special event around messaging and communications. This half-day training will dig deep into health equity and will cover how to approach developing overall media and communication strategies, how to frame messages on housing affordability and maternal and child health, and what we know about communicating in ways that resonates across the political spectrum.
August’s BARHII BEC Meeting will include a presentation by the Asian Pacific Environmental Network to discuss a community perspective on resilience. Other topics will include discussions of the Committee’s Resilience project and updates on the potential work with Resilient by Design.
In August, the Policy Committee Meeting will include updates on the progress of our bills and legislative advocacy; local, county, and state policy updates; and formulating our plan for advocacy in the next year. Other topics will include new issues the Policy Committee is considering taking on, including cannabis and additional work around displacement.