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We offer events, training and workshops to help our partners stay informed and effective 

Trainings and Committees

General Membership Meetings - Every Third Friday of the Month

BARHII’s structure lets us gather topic experts and interested parties to collaborate together in communities of practice, trainings, cohorts, and more. If you’re looking to get involved for the first time, we suggest attending one of our General Membership meetings. Those are our largest meetings, each focused on a specific subject area and designed to get people networking and working together on the Bay’s biggest health equity issues. Each meeting has a different focus, and the topics change each month. Each meeting also has a lunch immediately following to allow people to network and meet each other.​

Data Committee - Every Third Tuesday of the Month

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 - Every Third Wednesday of the Month

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.​

Internal Capacity Committee - Every Third Friday of the Month

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. 

If you have questions or would like to be involved with any of these events, please contact Melanie Newcomb at

April 02, 2020

2020 Opportunity Summit

Opportunity Summit 
April 2nd, 2020 
Pleasant Hill Community Center 
9:30am – 4:30pm 

The Opportunity Summit is Rise Together’s big convening. It has become the Bay Area's largest and most powerful cross-sector convening on ending poverty. This year will focus on building power for equity, health, and economic opportunity through cross-sector collaboration. It will be an opportunity for public health and community to join forces for equity. 

Building Power for Equity 

This year’s topics include: 

  • Affordability, Segregation & Belonging 

  • Climate Resilience 

  • Power Building for Equity: What Works 

  • Fees & Fines Reform 

  • The 5 P's of Housing Affordability 

  • The Debt Crisis 

  • Tenant Protections 

  • The Black Infant Health Initiative 

  • Non-traditional Pathways to Employment 

  • The Fair Chance Housing Movement 

  • Upstream Investments: The Value of Prevention 

  • And much more!

May 01, 2020

Day of Action

We will be continuing Advocacy Day. On May 1st, 2020 with 40-50 members and partners representing government, community-based organizations, grassroots organizations and private sector partners from the Bay Area. This is an opportunity for our multi-sector coalition to engage our legislators on issues related to economic opportunity for low-income Californians. This event will include a policy briefing and legislative meetings where participants will have the opportunity to meet with and educate Bay Area Legislators, advocating for statewide policies to ensure greater economic stability and expanded health opportunities for all Californians. 

For more information, contact BARHII’s State Policy Manager, TC Duong, at

February 20, 2020

Fair Chance Workforce Project Task Force

Rise Together’s Fair Chance Taskforce will move into an implementation phase this year. The merger has allows the hiring of dedicated staff to expand the Fair Chance taskforce efforts. 

This work is essential because Individuals with a conviction history face collateral consequences that often do not allow them to adequately provide for themselves and their family. Despite that, there are practical and realistic solutions that can help generate economic opportunity for the millions of individuals with a conviction history in the Bay Area. BARHII is emboldened by the committed individuals working toward this change in the Bay Area and beyond. We look forward to partnering with impacted individuals, employers, workforce development boards, service providers, and other stakeholders who want to move these solutions into action in their communities.

If you would like to get involved, we invite you to join the Fair Chance Workforce Project Task Force. The Taskforce will convene as a group of individuals to collectively implement recommendations for the Bay Area targeting Workforce Development Services, Employers, Service Providers, and Policy & Systems Change, with a focus to improve pathways to sustainable quality jobs for individuals with conviction histories and increase economic justice for all. 

If you’d like to be involved with the task force, please contact BARHII’s Fair Chance Impact Manager, Traci Young, at

February 28, 2020

Early Childhood Round Table

The Early Childhood Roundtable is continuing and will meet three times this year. We will be adding to your great work the partnership of the public health departments. BARHII is currently engaged in multiple types of Early Childhood initiatives which include: 

  • Leading a regional communications campaign as part of a Black Infant Health Initiative; 

  • An equity project with the Pacific Islander Taskforce that includes both data and program efforts; 

  • Advancing the Two-Generation approach in guiding upstream investments to increase services that benefit both children and their adult caretakers; 

If you’d like to be involved with any of the above initiatives, please contact BARHII’s Early Childhood and Upstream Prevention Impact Manager, Asma Day, at

February 19, 2020

Leading Change Cohort

The Leading Change Cohort is a leadership program for anyone at any level of a public health department, designed to offer practical tools to help advance racial equity in your line of work.


The Leading Change Cohort was designed by one of its monthly communities of practice, the Internal Capacity Committee. For the second year in a row, BARHII will be convening a cohort of 25 change agents from local health departments to explore how change happens within agencies and to develop the skills necessary to lead amongst the challenges and changes of the public health field, with a focus on challenges that are directly affecting racial equity. 

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