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Overview

BARHII engages in efforts to make communities healthier. A sample of BARHII’s efforts are included below:

BARHII POLICY PLATFORM

BARHII is committed to expanding its regional voice and recently released a policy platform to outline the Bay Area public health community’s policy priorities. The BARHII Legislative Policy Platform provides a template for local health departments that are seeking to integrate health-promoting policies into their jurisdiction’s legislative platform.

+ Click HERE to read BARHII’s Draft Legislative Policy Platform

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY

When families pay and spend a high proportion of their earnings on housing, they are often forced to reduce spending on food, medical care, and prescriptions. BARHII works toward making housing affordable for many different income families to improve health. This work includes supporting local efforts for affordable or supportive housing.

+ Click HERE to read BARHII’s Housing Displacement Brief

+ Click HERE to read BARHII’s Healthy Planning Guide

+ Click HERE to read BARHII’s Health Equity and Community Engagement Reports 

ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND INCLUSION

Poverty and housing instability create an environment of toxic stress that harms children and families. BARHII studies and provides information on the connection between health and economic inclusion.

Click HERE to read “The Minimum Wage and Health: A Bay Area Analysis” BARHII report

Click HERE to read the BARHII’s op-ed in the Contra Costa Times

GOVERNMENT SYSTEMS REFORM AND RACIAL EQUITY

Inequities based on class, race, and gender in the distribution of power and resources, and in the priorities of institutional policies and practices, define the ways in which social determinants of health contribute to health inequities. BARHII is committed to moving the momentum of public health toward a greater focus on social determinants of health and health inequities.

Click HERE to read BARHII’s Local Health Department Toolkit

Click HERE to read BARHII’s State Health Department Toolkit

Click HERE for more about BARHII and GARE’s Webinars 

IMMIGRATION

Public Health programs rely on the community’s trust and has a requirement to protect the health of all residents. BARHII is working with local health departments and organizations to discuss impacts of proposed federal policies, learn about public agency responses, and build skills to ensure continued service to health equity communities.

CHILDREN, FAMILIES, AND EDUCATION

The impact of education on health goes beyond what health behaviors are learned in the classroom. People with more education are more likely to live in safer neighborhoods where they have access to healthy foods, good schools, and green space for exercise. BARHII works with local health departments to promote strategies to address the educational achievement gap.

Click HERE to read BARHII’s Educational Attainment and Health Fact Sheets

CLIMATE CHANGE, HEALTH, TRANSIT AND ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Climate change threatens the very systems on which human life depends – our water, food, shelter, and security. When it comes to transportation, people who ride public transit move more. BARHII works to incorporate principles of health equity into land use and transportation planning and actively focuses on adaptation planning for the Bay Area.

Click HERE to view BARHII’s Climate Change Quick Guides

 COMMUNITY SAFETY AND RESILIENCE

People thrive where they feel safe. BARHII works to promote policies that support an inclusive sense of community where everyone feels safe and shielded from crime, protected by law enforcement, and socially connected.