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Government Systems Reform and Racial Equity

BARHII has teamed up with GARE (The Government Alliance on Race and Equity) to provide training and support to their Northern California cohort.  GARE is a national network of government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all.  As part of the GARE network, cohorts are making a commitment to achieving racial equity, focusing on the power of their own institutions, and working in partnership with others.  A partnership between BARHII and GARE is natural, not just because many of the GARE counties are also members of BARHII, but also because of the shared mission of transforming public institutions to advance equity and the shared focus on developing and using upstream as well as downstream strategies to achieve this.

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.

BARHII has so far hosted a series of webinars and adaptive leadership trainings with GARE and will continue with more trainings and events in 2017.

BARHII/GARE 2017-18 Adaptive Leadership Trainings

Adaptive Leadership for Racial Equity 101: Goals are to:
+ Develop a comfortable working definition of adaptive leadership
+ Discuss emergent strategy and adaptive leadership
+ Explore the basics of adaptive leadership
+ Highlight distinctions between adaptive challenges and technical challenges
+  Explore protocols and strategies for planning and implementation

Adaptive Leadership for Racial Equity 201: Goals are to:
+ Remind ourselves of the leadership we’ll need to tackle racial equity
+ Reflect on the skills needed to manage change
+ Explore the place of risk in adaptive leadership
+ Identify several methods to help minimize risk
+  Try reflection and planning tools and tactics that may be useful for your process

Reflective Practices to Support Adaptive Leadership for Racial Equity: Goals are to:
+ Explore the benefits and uses of adaptive leadership when circumstances are difficult and challenging
+ Review tactics that we have already learned that can be useful in these environments
+ Highlight strategies and examples of moving equity outcomes in more challenging environments

BARHII/GARE 2016 Webinars


In September and October of 2016, BARHII and GARE hosted a series of webinars on racial equity. Topics for the webinars included advancing workforce equity, contracting for equity, and applying racial equity tools. Full information and links to the presentations can be found here.