Napa County’s Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) Mission and Vision states:
“We are on a MISSION to serve our community and support its health and well-being.
Our VISION is a community in which ALL people have the opportunity to experience fulfilling lives.”
Napa County HHSA knows that race has played an important factor in the way that institutions have been designed. Race plays a significant role, either explicitly or implicitly, in many of the decisions that are made by government employees. The Agency’s efforts to move toward place based services and address the undying determinants of health will not have the level of impact desired if they fail to discuss the role race plays into the distribution of opportunity and resources in their communities.
In many organizations, bringing their values “alive” is a challenge that is often unfulfilled. Organizations that are successful at this are ones that have a clear set of values that are talked about often, aligned with the overall strategic goals of the organization, and have a direct correlation with decisions made within the organization.
In order for team Napa County’s implementation plan to be successful, they will need a strong commitment from leadership, key stakeholders and core project team members. The project team will be responsible for developing a clear plan that works in synergy with Mission, Vision and Values.
Napa County Health and Human Services Agency has been participating in the 2016 and 2017 Northern California Cohorts. Through that process, they have developed the following action items to be implemented through ongoing work groups:
- Agency’s employees understand, are committed to and have the infrastructure needed to advance racial equity
- County’s residents view the jurisdiction as an effective and inclusive government that engages the community
- County’s communities of color share in the economic prosperity
- Healthy life outcomes are increased and racial disproportionalities eliminated