Monroe County / City of Rochester Racial and Structural Equity Commission (RASE)
In 2020-21, CGR supported the work of the Racial and Structural Equity Commission of the City of Rochester (NY) and Monroe County, a 24-member body appointed by Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and Monroe County Executive Adam Bello to inventory and assess local laws and policies to recommend ways to eliminate institutional and structural biases, racism and inequities. CGR supported the Commission with research, data and policy analysis, and facilitation of stakeholder input to investigate each of the areas represented by each of the Commission’s 9 Working Groups: Business Development, Criminal Justice, Education, Healthcare, Human Services, Housing, Job Creation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and Policing. Engaging in community-led research, CGR documented findings, assisted in researching and developing recommendations, and ultimately compiled the Commission’s work into its final report. The commission report has led to policy changes such as the creation of a county-level Minority and Women Owned Business Certification designed to expedite the certification of local businesses.
Community Indicator Websites – Racial Equity Focus
CGR is a premier provider of online data hubs for community improvement and prioritization efforts. CGR has created over a dozen community indicators websites in locations across the country to help funders and leaders prioritize issues for action and sharpen their focus areas. To be clear about the impact of historic and systemic racism, CGR added additional analysis to these sites making explicit connections between historical and current polices and the disparities in well-being evident in the data for various racial and ethnic populations. Examples include Lancaster County Community Indicators, Impact Essex County, Impact MetroWest and Aspire Arkansas. Users can find information on everything from prenatal care for pregnant women to poverty and income to arrests and incarceration outlining how history, systems and policies contribute to unequal outcomes. The assessments help communities understand and work to address inequity. Impact MetroWest is an ongoing contract with CGR.
Website: Impact MetroWest