It is our mission to transform public health practice for the purpose of eliminating health inequities using a broad spectrum of approaches that create healthy communities and economic prosperity for all.

10 Public HealtH Departments WITH 200+ PARTNERS

We're leveraging the power of 9 counties and their health departments to create health equity and economic opportunity for all through collective action, shifting systems that are no longer working and redefining what is possible for Bay Area residents.

Alameda | Contra Costa | Marin

Napa | San Francisco | San Mateo

Santa Clara | Solano | Sonoma

9 Counties

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We are excited to announce our new brief jointly released by BARHII and the Public Health Alliance of Southern California titled Embedding Equity into Emergency Operations: Strategies for Local Health Departments During COVID-19 & Beyond. The brief outlines case studies, resources, and priority recommendations that counties and cities can take to explicitly and intentionally embed equity staff and practices into their emergency operations structures and throughout the public health emergency response and recovery process.

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As more industries re-open (or never closed in the first place), it is essential that every worker have access to the protective gear and procedures they need to remain safe and healthy, especially people working in heavily impacted industries. Protecting workers is an equity issue—COVID risks are concentrated in Black and brown workers and workers with little power in the workplace, such as undocumented workers.  Protecting workers is also crucial to protecting everyone’s health.

BARHII did a preliminary scan of the physical workplace conditions facing essential workers, and of potential opportunities for health departments and their allies to improve these conditions. We recommend the suite of actions in the attached document to work toward physical protections for essential workers.

View the working document here.

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BARHII is seeking a Communications Officer to support the Executive Director and work collaboratively with BARHII's Impact Managers and staff to guide the ongoing implementation and execution of the organization's communication strategies, public relations, and social media initiatives. Communications activities will focus on support for our policy campaigns and regular organizational activities. 

The ideal candidate is highly motivated, detail oriented, and has a passion for social inequity and social justice in the community. The candidate will have a proven fluency in traditional and digital media. This position will serve as a liaison between the community and BARHII/Rise Together staff to coordinate and schedule a range of ongoing video, social, and communications projects.

View more about the job posting here.

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"Addressing poverty can in part be done at the local level, but the bigger question is what will it take to build a broader base of constituent interest to win? The constituent base to win and glued together is at the regional level—aligning local and county programs and budgets in a regional context that can also impact and inform legislative action at the state level.  That is why we need Rise Together."


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