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A Strong Start for Every Child.

BARHII works with local health departments to promote strategies to address the educational achievement gap. Educational programs are critical and crucial to positive health outcomes. Identified as one of the key social determinants of health that leads to economic and social inequalities, it is imperative that we address this issue.

The impact of education on health goes beyond what health behaviors are learned in the classroom. People with more education are more likely to live in safer neighborhoods where they have access to healthy foods, good schools, and green space for exercise.

First 5 California published a report on The Impact of Transitional Kindergarten on California Students and a research brief summarizing the main findings.


The BARHII iREACH (impacting Regional Educational Attainment to Change Health) 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.

The resources provided here are intended for use by staff from BARHII’s member health departments to support their efforts in addressing educational attainment in their communities through their program work.

Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Fact Sheet

Learn more about the Local Control Funding Formula and how you can impact educational attainment in your community.

Important Educational Attainment Topics for Engaging Clients

A tip sheet of recommended topics by grade level that public health staff might use to engage clients in conversations around educational attainment.

Educational Attainment and Health Fact Sheets

A series of three fact sheets detailing the links of Educational Attainment and positive health outcomes. These fact sheets discuss the reasons students drop out of school, how education and health are related, and the roles public health can play in impacting education.

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Webinar Presentations

Key Indicators for Educational Success

Learn more about the key indicators for educational success and how public health interventions can influence those indicators. Presented by The Education Trust West, Oct 2013.

School Finance Reform in 2013: Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)

This presentation discusses the LCFF, identify opportunities for local and state-level engagement, and increased community engagement to improve educational outcomes and accountability. Presented by Public Advocates, Sep 2013.

Reducing Chronic Absence: What Will It Take? Exploring Implications for Health Providers

Learn how chronic absenteeism affects educational outcomes and what public health can do to impact these outcomes. Presented by Attendance Works, Oct 2013.

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Raising of America


On March 20, 2015, BARHII hosted the Health Equity and Early Childhood Policies in California workshop in Oakland, CA. BARHII recognizes that the early childhood period is considered the most significant phase for healthy development in one’s lifespan. What happens to the child in the early years helps shape its future opportunities. Early child development strongly influences well-being, health outcomes, academic success, economic participation, and incarceration throughout life.

California Newsreel, the makers of Unnatural Causes, will soon be releasing a new documentary series focusing on early childhood development and equity: Raising of America (RofA). For more info please see:

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