Communities of Practice

BARHII has several Communities of Practice hosted on a monthly basis and focused on different areas of the health equity field. From data collection and analysis to creating a legislative platform, these committee groups allow for experts and newcomers to collaborate on and learn about new public health topics. 

Data Committee

The third Tuesday of each month, BARHII gathers the epidemiologists and data experts from our membership to share datasets, learn new techniques, and work collaboratively on large data projects. Each session has a presentation from one of our health departments that will teach the audience something new, present their successes and challenges with a project, or workshop how to further a project they’re working on. We also include a presentation from an outside expert to provide our members with an in-depth look at a current topic. In the past, we’ve had sessions on the health impacts of wildfire smoke and climate change, immigration and the public charge rule, homelessness and the demographics of the unhoused population, and more. For the next several months, the Data Committee will be undertaking a project looking at community safety and violence, examining everything from gun violence statistics to the National Violent Death Registry. This is a new area of work for us, and we’re excited to be launching this initiative.

Policy Committee

The BARHII Policy Committee pools experience and expertise of policy and legislative staff from the Bay Area’s public health departments. Taking place the third Wednesday of each month, the committee shares analysis, strategies, and takes collective action to further health equity priorities. Each year, the Policy Committee puts reviews and selects a list of legislative priorities for BARHII to engage in, including selecting specific bills to work around. The new legislative cycle is starting up, and now is a great time to jump in as part of that process.

Internal Capacity Committee

Following our General Membership Meetings on the third Friday of each month, the Internal Capacity Committee meets to find ways to build capacity and leadership within our member health departments. Currently, the main focus of that work is BARHII’s Leading Change Cohort, a six-month program helping members of health departments further projects on racial equity. The Internal Capacity Committee is actively planning and developing additional content for the program. If you’d like to be part of that process, this is the committee for you!

Built Environment Committee

While it’s currently on hiatus, the Built Environment Committee is BARHII’s work group on housing, climate change and resilience, code enforcement without displacement, and all other issues that are impacted by our built environment. The Committee just recently finished its Healthy and Resilient Housing Cohort and is planning to launch a new cohort centered on climate change this Spring. Please reach out if you’d like to be part of that work or have suggestions for topics you’d like covered in the committee.


Next Event: Climate Resilience Cohort – Coming this Spring, BARHII will lead a months-long cohort focused on climate change, resilience, and the impacts on public health. More information will be coming on this soon, so keep a look out for announcements!

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