Richmond Health Equity Partnership (RHEP)
The goal of the Richmond Health Equity Partnership (RHEP) is to advance overall health and health equity in Richmond. Health equity is achieving the highest level of health for all people. Health equity entails focused societal efforts to address avoidable inequalities by equalizing the conditions for health for all groups, especially for those who have experienced socioeconomic disadvantage or historical injustices (such as racism) .
Compared to the rest of Contra Costa County,
Richmond has high rates of health disparities and as result residents experience drastic
health inequities. While, Health disparities are differences between
population groups in the presence of disease, health outcomes, or
access to care , health inequities are health disparities that
result from a variety of social factors. These social factors include income inequality,
economic forces, education quality, environmental conditions, individual
health behavior choice, and access to health care . It is the unequal, unjust and unnecessary health disparities that RHEP hopes to address, thereby achieving health equity in Richmond.
In addition to moving towards health equity in Richmond, we hope to create a model for possible duplication in other cities and areas of West Contra Costa County. We aim to build new working partnerships within and between local government institutions – City, County and School District – to facilitate systems change and enable these institutions to respond to and lead with community-based health equity initiatives.
The RHEP aims to support the long-term goals of
Healthy Richmond by ensuring local government partners, namely the City
of Richmond, Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) and West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD), continue to build the necessary knowledge, capacity and institutional change that will improve health outcomes.
The RHEP is building on successful investments by The California Endowment in Richmond as one of 14 communities in California selected as part of the Building Healthy Communities
(BHC) program. The Building Healthy Communities program Is a 10-year,
$1 billion program of The California Endowment. The 14 communities
across the state are taking action to make where they live healthier.