Race Forward’s Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) has grown into a powerful movement across the United States, with especially strong leadership in California from local governments and state agencies. In 2018, the California Health in All Policies (HiAP) Task Force partnered with Race Forward to launch the first state-level GARE cohort. The HiAP Capitol Cohort brings together 19 departments and agencies for a yearlong learning and capacity building pilot project, and is paving the way for implementation of racial equity strategies in state government. 

This Dialogue4Health Web Forum will feature racial equity leaders from the California HiAP and Capitol Cohort, including the backbone facilitation team and staff from the Department of Public Health, which has been a pioneering state government agency within the GARE network. Presenters will share how they have secured political will for racial equity work, how this work is being pursued by individual departments and agencies, what implementation looks like, and what challenges and opportunities (both anticipated and unexpected) are emerging as a result of this work. 

This Web Forum is recommended for state and local government employees in California and throughout the nation, racial equity practitioners and advocates, members of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) network, and state employees interested in the Government Alliance on Race and Equity network.

Presenters

Julia Caplan, MPP, MPH

Program Director, Health in All Policies Task Force

Public Health Institute

Sacramento, CA

Julia Caplan is the program director for the Health in All Policies Task Force, a collaboration between the Public Health Institute, the California Department of Public Health, and the California Strategic Growth Council.

Ms. Caplan has twenty years’ experience in community building, social change, management, and public policy…

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Kelsey Lyles

Equity Specialist, California Health in All Policies Task Force

Public Health Institute

Sacramento, CA

Kelsey Lyles is a Program Coordinator and Equity Specialist at the Public Health Institute (PHI) and staff team member of the California Health in All Policies (HiAP) Program at the Strategic Growth Council. Kelsey manages implementation of the HiAP Equity in Government Practices Action Plan and is the staff lead…

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Meredith Lee, MPH

Health Program Specialist II, California Health in All Policies Task Force

California Department of Public Health

Sacramento, CA

Meredith Lee is a Health Program Specialist and Health in All Policies Program Lead at the California Department of Public Health. Meredith coordinates collaborative multi-agency efforts to increase active transportation, promote healthy land use and planning, and incorporate health and health equity into state policy guidance documents and grant programs.

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Moderator

Dwayne Marsh

Vice President of Institutional and Sectoral Change

Race Forward & The Center For Social Inclusion

Oakland, CA

Dwayne S. Marsh serves as Vice President of Institutional and Sectoral Change at the new Race Forward. The new Race Forward is the union of two leading racial justice non-profit organizations: Race Forward and Center for Social Inclusion (CSI). He also serves Deputy Director of Government Alliance on Race &…

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