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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.