The Public Health Department is working towards improving its capacity to address the root causes of health disparities. As such, the Department has adopted the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) framework for understanding and measuring the underlying social and economic determinants of health and implementing population based health strategies (such as policy, systems and environmental change) necessary to see measurable health impact on a community scale.
The Public Health Department has adopted three “local winnable battles” that align with the national health agenda centered on disease prevention and health promotion. “Winnable battles” describe public health priorities and emphasize leading health issues which public health and the community can significantly impact in a relatively short timeframe. Over the next several years, the Department will give added focus on these “winnable battles” :
· Obesity Prevention
· Tobacco Prevention
· Injury and Violence prevention
Over the next several months, the Department will work to develop strategies with community stakeholders already working to address these areas. This information will be placed into a strategic plan for the department that will outline both short term and long term goals and strategies in these areas.