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Going Grassroots to Address Health Inequities 


On Wednesday, August 29th the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII), which is the coalition of the Bay Area Public Health Departments, hosted a well-attended workshop on Community Power and Public Health at the Sobrato Center in Redwood City. The training focused on highlighting the value of Public Health professionals partnering with community organizers to address issues affecting health equity. The presenters highlighted examples of work from the midwest and the San Francisco Bay Area where public health leaders brought their skills, data, resources and reach (our power), and married it with community organizing groups connection to community, advocacy and organizing skills (their power) to improve health outcomes for the most impacted populations. Our Health Policy and Planning manager, Shireen Malekafzali, presented on the importance of connecting with community for public health locally and how to best partner with organizing groups to advance health equity.