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COVID-19 Response and Recovery

COVID-19 has exacerbated stark inequities in the health and economic security of California communities, with particularly alarming disparities in health outcomes for Black, Latinx, and Pacific Islander communities.   


During COVID-19, we've secured many victories to protect the health and well-being of equity communities across the Bay Area and beyond. Read more about our engagement and our latest resources. 

Our team is available to provide technical assistance.

COVID-19 Response: BARHII Policy Considerations for Health and Economic Equity

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This updating document identifies opportunities to provide immediate relief to families and small businesses during the pandemic and bolster longstanding equity and resilience efforts.

BARHII COVID-19 Brief and Recommendations on Public Park Access

This brief outlines the physical and mental health benefits of open space and explores the equity implications of the significant decrease in recreational space across the region.

A Call to Action: BARHII Model Messaging for COVID-19, Housing Instability, and Health

This document features model language detailing how housing stability is essential to protect the health of Bay Area residents during the pandemic.

Mental Health Considerations for Equity

This document provides key recommendations and resources from our April 8, 2020 webinar on mental health needs and resources for vulnerable communities in light of COVID-19.

BARHII COVID-19 Response Addendum: Model Ordinances and Response Efforts

This document provides sample regional and statewide response efforts to COVID-19 that may serve as models for enacting similar ordinances and strategic plans.

Messaging Resources

Shaping the News

The media has reported on some of our recent victories, including the adoption of eviction moratoria in Contra CostaAlameda, and Solano counties. We've also assisted partners to craft compelling op-eds and other media materials, including the following:

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March 20th General Membership Meeting - Health Equity and Economic Opportunity Responses to COVID-19

April 17th General Membership Meeting - Eviction Moratoria, Health Equity, Economic Stability, and Impacts on Immigrant Communities During COVID-19

May 15th General Membership Meeting - Reversing Racial Disparities in COVID-19

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As we continue to respond to this crisis, it’s important that we’re able to provide you the resources and support you need for your own response. Our team is available to provide technical assistance, including help in gathering information and developing op-eds.

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