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Communities of Practice

BARHII’s goal of transforming public health practice is carried out by a committee structure. Staff members from the member health departments and BARHII staff form each of the committees. The committees meet monthly and re‐examine the work that health departments do with communities and other partners to change conditions that contribute to health inequities. They also build the collective and individual capacity of health departments to carry out this work.

The scope of BARHII reaches beyond the categorical programs that focus on single diseases and risk factors to encompass the broad range of social and environmental conditions that affect community health. The reorientation of public health practice, and of the organization and culture of public health departments, is a central feature of BARHII’s work.

Click on any of the links below to learn more about the BARHII subcommittees.

SUBCOMMITTEE
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BUILT ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE

The Built Environment Committee helps individual health departments learn from each other’s experiences working with local planning agencies and to develop regional strategies to help make that work more effective.

In 2017, the Built Environment will have a year-long focus on climate change and community resilience.

CO-CHAIRS
Michael Kent, Contra Costa County
Matt Wolff, San Francisco County

MEETING TIME
4th Wednesdays monthly
2:30PM – 4:30PM

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DATA COMMITTEE

The Data Committee is charged with developing and implementing strategies for elevating the standard of measures of health inequity that can support a practice that goes beyond the boundaries of traditional approaches.

The Data Committee will be continuing its monthly promising practice presentations in 2017, and will also be considering a code sharing partnership regionally and with the Public Health Alliance of Southern California.

CHAIR
Meileen Acosta, Solano County

MEETING TIME
3rd Tuesdays monthly
2:30PM – 4:30PM

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INTERNAL CAPACITY COMMITTEE

The Internal Capacity Committee develops trainings on health and social justice, and on building the capacity of local health departments to address health inequities. It is the charge of the committee to develop strategies to change the organization and culture of local health departments to better address health inequities and create healthy communities.

The Internal Capacity Committee’s 2017 focus is on promising practices for implementing Governing for Racial Equity program plans.

CO-CHAIRS
Heidi Merchen, Napa County
Kimi Watkins-Tartt, Alameda County

MEETING TIMES
3rd Fridays monthly
12:30PM – 2:30PM

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STRUCTURAL RACISM AND SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH COMMITTEE

The SR/SDOH Committee focuses on the role public health departments can play to influence the social determinants of health and structural racism in addressing inequalities in income and wealth, race/ethnicity and key indicators of mobility such as education and home ownership – all which affect life expectancies.

In 2017, the Structural Racism and Social Determinants of Health Committee will be holding a speaker series on being an ally to marginalized groups.

CHAIR
Edith Cabuslay, San Mateo County

MEETING TIMES
2nd Tuesdays monthly
2:00PM – 4:00PM

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POLICY COMMITTEE

The BARHII Policy Committee pools expertise from policy and legislative staff from the Bay Area’s public health departments. It shares analysis, strategizes, and at times, takes collective action.

The Policy Committee will focus its 2017 strategy on impacting regional planning and Plan Bay Area, engaging in public education and campaigns that have the power to transform living conditions, and supporting local health departments in their health equity policy efforts.

CO-CHAIRS
Cyndy Comerford, San Francisco County
Shireen Malekafzali, San Mateo County

MEETING TIMES
Monthly