Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII)
The Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) is a coalition of eleven public health departments in the San Francisco Bay Area of California that work to incorporate principles of health equity into land use and transportation planning, and actively focuses on adaptation planning in Bay Area communities. The coalition includes public health departments in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma Counties, and the City of Berkley, California.
BARHII’s mission is "to transform public health practice for the purpose of eliminating health inequities using a broad spectrum of approaches that create healthy communities and economic prosperity for all." BARHII works to incorporate principles of health equity into land use and transportation planning and actively focuses on adaptation planning for the Bay Area. BARHII has helped bring the voices of representative of local health department representatives to climate policy work and planning at the local, regional, and state levels; ensured that health considerations are included in work to prepare the Bay Area’s infrastructure; helped to build the capacity of local health departments; and has informed work to build the resiliency of Bay Area communities to the impacts of climate change.
BARHII offers Climate Change Quick Guides on their website. To support the capacity-building of local health departments, a series of five short guides were developed which include:
- Climate Change: What's Public Health Got to Do With It
- Health and Equity Co-Benefits of Addressing Climate Change
- Climate Change and Health Equity
- How Public Health can Address Climate Change
- Getting Involved in Climate Change Action Planning
Phone: (510) 210-8065