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Internal Capacity Committee

The primary focus of the BARHII Internal Capacity Committee is the development of 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. These strategies include staff training, peer consultations, leadership development, increasing workforce diversity and promoting cultural competence.


+ Research and staff training on best practices in combating health inequities, with a particular emphasis on the role of public health departments in fostering social justice, building community capacity, identifying the social determinants of health and countering interpersonal and institutional racism;

+ Staff forums and other events to highlight elements of community-based public health practice and work on health inequities;

+ Exchanges with public health departments beyond the Bay Area to promote organizational development strategies consistent with community-based approaches to public health;

+ Publication of tools, papers and articles to disseminate experiences and advocate for changes in state and national policies.


3rd Fridays monthly
12:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: BARHII Offices, 300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 520, Oakland, CA 94612

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


BARHII iREACH (impacting Regional Educational Attainment to Change Health) Initiative

The iREACH Initiative was developed by BARHII’s Internal Capacity Committee (ICC) with the purpose to move the current practice of our member health departments to more explicitly address the determinants of health equity by facilitating a learning community of local health department champions to promote strategies within current programming and spheres of influence to address the educational achievement gap. Click here to learn more about this program.