5 Strategic Issues

In 2014, BACH completed a community-driven strategic planning process for improving community health called Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP). Through this process, five strategic issues were identified:

How can we achieve racial and ethnic health equity?

Goal: Public and private institutions will adapt, implement and enforce comprehensive policies and practices that achieve racial equity and justice

Strategies:

  • Develop a context and shared language
  • Identify and build on models of effective engagement, organizing and accountability
  • Develop an equitable collaborative
  • Develop an equitable and collaborative infrastructure that will include residents, organizations, and institutions that develop policies

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How can we improve coordination and integration of healthcare and community-based prevention services and activities?

Goal: Improve population health by better integration of health care delivery system with community based prevention activities

Strategies:

  • Show the return on investment, both financially and quality of life and advocate for equitable funding mechanisms
  • Advocate for an accessible shared data platform for medical providers, public health, community-based organizations and residents to identify problems and track improvements in health including social determinants
  • Develop a system of mutual accountability and transparency for multi-sector commitments to achieve health equity

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How can we build and increase resilience in communities impacted by trauma?

Goal: Enhance and build collaborations that consider health in all policies and practices

Strategies:

  • Develop and communicate a shared language
  • Develop new and more inclusive ways for getting participation of community members in decisions that impact health
  • Establish a coordinating body that will support communication and implementation of health in all policies and practices

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How can we improve health outcomes by focusing on education, employment, and transportation policies and practices? 

Goal: Enhance and build collaborations that consider health in all policies and practices to ensure optimal quality of life within and across all neighborhoods.

Strategies:

  • Enhance and build collaborations that consider health in all policies and practices to ensure optimal quality of life within and across all neighborhoods
  • Develop and communicate a shared language about health in all policies and practices and its importance to decision-makers and community members
  • Develop new and more inclusive ways for getting meaningful participation of community members in decisions that impact health
  • Establish a coordinating body (e.g. committee) that will support communication and implementation of health in all policies and practices work

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How can we increase the number of immigrants, people of color, and other underrepresented populations in leadership roles and decision-making processes?

Goal: To increase the number of immigrants, people of color, and other underrepresented residents in meaningful and effective leadership roles and decision-making processes

Strategies:

  • Build on existing capacity to develop and support these groups of people for sustained leadership roles through training, mentoring, and change.
  • Support/link with work of strategic issues 1 and 4 to create conditions for balancing and equalizing power.

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