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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.

Click here to view the brief.

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Ensuring that employees can stay home when they’re sick is critical to protect the health of our workforce and reduce the spread of COVID-19.


Since the arrival of the pandemic, we’ve worked diligently to expand paid sick leave policies for all Bay Area workers. While several emergency paid sick leave laws have been passed in recent months, important gaps remain in policy, education, and enforcement.


To address these gaps, we’ve launched a new resource that provides recommendations for local government action. BARHII’s emergency paid sick leave analysis was developed in partnership with legal experts at Legal Aid at Work and the California Work & Family Coalition.

Click here to view BARHII's Emergency Paid Sick Leave Analysis.


 In the few short months that COVID has disrupted our nation, more people have died from COVID than have died in the Vietnam, Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq Wars; the S&P 500 plummeted from an all-time high; thousands of businesses have closed; and unemployment—particularly among low income workers—has skyrocketed to a level not seen since the Great Depression.​ The cost of this outbreak has been disproportionately borne by communities of color. 

This dare not become, and should not be, the future’s new normal. Now, more than ever, public health must rise together to leverage their present power to correct the injustices of the past, and create a future that is equitable and just. BARHII has put together a rolling recovery plan where response and recovery are occurring simultaneously. Our plan is designed to use early warning indicators from our core team, BARHII and Rise Together members, and real time data to adjust our recovery strategy. Equity needs to happen in the decision making process, not just the outcomes.

Click here to view the 4 R's of COVID Recovery​.

View BARHII's Investment Priorities here.

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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

"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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