Government Systems Reform and Racial Equity

BARHII has teamed up with GARE (The Government Alliance on Race and Equity) to provide training and support to their Northern California cohort.  GARE is a national network of government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all.  As part of the GARE network, cohorts are making a commitment to achieving racial equity, focusing on the power of their own institutions, and working in partnership with others.  A partnership between BARHII and GARE is natural, not just because many of the GARE counties are also members of BARHII, but also because of the shared mission of transforming public institutions to advance equity and the shared focus on developing and using upstream as well as downstream strategies to achieve this.

Inequities based on class, race, and gender in the distribution of power and resources, and in the priorities of institutional policies and practices, define the ways in which social determinants of health contribute to health inequities. BARHII is committed to moving the momentum of public health toward a greater focus on social determinants of health and health inequities.

Adaptive Leadership Trainings

Adaptive Leadership for Racial Equity 101: Goals are to:

  • Develop a comfortable working definition of adaptive leadership

  • Discuss emergent strategy and adaptive leadership

  • Explore the basics of adaptive leadership

  • Highlight distinctions between adaptive challenges and technical challenges

  • Explore protocols and strategies for planning and implementation

Adaptive Leadership for Racial Equity 201: Goals are to:

  • Remind ourselves of the leadership we’ll need to tackle racial equity

  • Reflect on the skills needed to manage change

  • Explore the place of risk in adaptive leadership

  • Identify several methods to help minimize risk

  • Try reflection and planning tools and tactics that may be useful for your process

Reflective Practices to Support Adaptive Leadership for Racial Equity: Goals are to:

  • Explore the benefits and uses of adaptive leadership when circumstances are difficult and challenging

  • Review tactics that we have already learned that can be useful in these environments

  • Highlight strategies and examples of moving equity outcomes in more challenging environments

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BARHII & Government Alliance on Race and Equity 2016 Webinars

In September and October of 2016, BARHII and GARE hosted a series of webinars on racial equity. Topics for the webinars included advancing workforce equity, contracting for equity, and applying racial equity tools. Over 400 people attended BARHII’s this how-to series on how governments can improve racial equity.

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Advancing Workforce Equity - September 30, 2016

The goals for the webinar were to:

  • Gain an understanding of what racial equity looks like in HR and how HR can be used to move racial equity goals forward.

  • Learn specific strategies for advancing workforce equity.

  • Explore a model of an HR racial equity work plan.

  • Share examples of workforce equity in specific HR programs including career pipeline programs, governmental hiring and employee incentive & training programs.

The webinar included outside experts who have led successful change efforts in their jurisdictions. Speakers included:

  • Angie Nalezny, City of St. Paul, MN: who shared her jurisdiction’s racial equity work plan and highlighted how career pipelines can be avenues to further equity.

  • Erin Stenson, City of Madison, WI,: who shared how her jurisdiction has increased hiring equity.

  • Felecia Caldwell, City of Seattle, WA: who highlighted how they are using employee incentive to promote equity.

  • F. Gale Baird, City of Portland, OR: who imparted how her jurisdiction has implemented racial equity training into their HR process.

Some suggestions for making the best use of this webinar:

  • Invite HR contacts to participate in the webinar.

  • Gather a team together at your site and view it in the same room. Plan to meet for 30 minutes afterwards to share ideas and talk about how to apply in your jurisdiction.

  • Spend some time before the webinar thinking about the following questions:

    • What are your workforce equity goals?

    • Do you have a specific HR initiative or program in mind?

    • What data do you have about your workforce diversity?

    • Does your workforce reflect the racial demographics of your community? Across job classifications, positions and throughout the hierarchy?

    • What gaps and opportunities are highlighted by this data?

Recording of the Webinar

PowerPoint Presentation

GARE's Issue Brief: Public Sector Jobs - Opportunities for Advancing Racial Equity

Contracting for Equity - October 12, 2016

The goals for the webinar were to:

  • Gain an understanding of what racial equity looks like in contracting & procurement and how contracting can be used to move racial equity goals forward.

  • Review how realities for MWBE interact with standard contracting processes to create structural barriers and strategies to address these.

  • Begin a discussion of the influence of Prop 209 and moving forward with racial equity goals within its restrictions.

  • Share examples of contracting/ procurement policies, practices & strategies with a racial equity lens.

The webinar included outside experts who have led successful change efforts in their jurisdictions. Speakers included:

  • Nancy Locke, Seattle , WA, who talked about implementing “race neutral” contracting equity within the state with restrictions similar to prop 209.

  • Velma J Korbel, Minneapolis, MN, who highlighted several best practices including a Best Practices Roundtable and a Target Market Program.

  • Wanda Kirkpatrick, St. Paul, MN, who shared about the Metropolitan Underutilized Business Program.

Some suggestions for making the best use of this webinar:

  • Invite Contracting and Procurement contacts to participate in the webinar.

  • Gather a team together at your site and view it in the same room. Plan to meet for 30 minutes afterwards to share ideas and talk about how to apply in your jurisdiction.

  • Spend some time before (and after) the webinar thinking about the following questions:

    • What are your contracting equity goals?

    • Do you have a specific initiative or program in mind?

    • What data do you have about your contracting diversity?

    • Do your contractors reflect the racial and gender demographics of your community?

    • What gaps and opportunities are highlighted by this data?

Recording of the Webinar

Powerpoint Presentation

GARE’s Issue Brief: Contracting for Equity – Best Local Government Practices that Advance Racial Equity in Government Contracting and Procurement

Applying the Racial Equity Tool - October 25, 2016

The goals for the webinar were to:

  • Gain an understanding of racial equity tools.

  • Share examples of how racial equity tools have been used.

  • Explore the challenges that may arise when using the tool & ways different jurisdictions have addressed them.

  • Get inspired by the ways people are using racial equity tools.

The webinar included outside experts who have led successful change efforts in their jurisdictions. Speakers included:

  • Andrew Scott, Portland, OR, who shared how his jurisdiction is using a racial equity tool in budgeting.

  • Jordan Bingham, Madison, WI, who shared how the use of the tool grew in her jurisdiction and highlighted how to include community in the process.

  • Patricia Lally, Seattle, WA, who shared some of the potential pitfalls in applying the tool and how to avoid and address them.

Some suggestions for making the best use of this webinar:

  • Gather a team together at your site and view it in the same room. Plan to meet for 30 minutes afterwards to share ideas and talk about how to apply in your jurisdiction.

  • Spend some time before (and after) the webinar thinking about the following questions:

    • What are your racial equity goals?

    • Do you have a specific initiative or program in mind?

    • What data do you have about your racial diversity and/ or inequities?

    • What gaps and opportunities are highlighted by this data?

    • How have you involved communities and other stakeholders?

    • Who may benefit from or be burdened by your initiative?

    • How have you (and how will you) ensure accountability?

Recording of the Webinar

Powerpoint Presentation

GARE’s Racial Equity Toolkit – An Opportunity to Operationalize Equity

BARHII’s Local Health Department Toolkit

BARHII’s State Health Department Toolkit

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