To date, SFHIP has done policy advocacy and provided endorsements and letters of support on issues that impact the identified health priorities. These include:
SFHIP created an Alcohol Policy Partnership Working Group (APPWG) in order to reduce disparities in alcohol-related harm. APPWG developed a diverse multisector partnership, including community members burdened by high rates of alcohol-related health and safety problems, SFDPH, and SF Police Department. With the help of technology industry nonprofit organizations, the group developed data tools and conducted applied research to inform community organizing and policymaking.
Achievements of the group included the following:
A full description of this initiatives and subsequent initiatives (Children’s Oral Health Initiative and the SSB Initiative) can be found in a published case study by Grumbach et al.
Creating and maintaining partnerships is a vital component of SFHIP’s strategy to enact city-wide changes. As individual organizations, we’re limited in the scope of influence and impact we can have in our communities and city. Developing mutually-reinforcing partnerships and collaborations with organizations who seek to address health equity is required for system-level changes.
In order to address the disparities in prevalence of childhood caries, SFHIP developed the Children’s Oral Health Working Group (COHWG). The group partnered with organizations and leaders from various diverse sectors to address this issue, making sure along the way that the strategic plan and direction was community-driven.
Key stakeholders included:
The goal of the partnership was to develop and implement a city-wide strategic plan to reduce disparities in children’s oral health.
Achievements of the partnership included:
At the time in San Francisco, 34% of Black/African American and 24% of Latinx children and adolescents consumed 2 or more sugary beverages per day, compared with 4% of whites. In order to address this disparity, a sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) initiative was created, led by a working group. The goal of the SSB initiative was to implement public and private policies to reduce consumption of sugary beverages.
This was accomplished by briefing San Francisco policymakers on the science demonstrating adverse health outcomes of SSB consumption and the evidence of effectiveness of regulatory and pricing policies in reducing consumption. In addition, a community participatory research project was conducted in order to identify the attitudes and views towards SSB regulatory and tax policies among low-income neighborhoods, which are the communities most affected by SSB intake and heavily targeted by SSB companies’ marketing.
Achievements of the initiative included: