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) .
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.