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PHI is dedicated to improving health and wellness by discovering new research, strengthening key partnerships and programs, and advancing sound health policies.

During its more than 50 years as an independent nonprofit, the Public Health Institute has led and managed hundreds of projects and programs ranging from small task order contracts to large, multi-site research programs with national and international significance.

PHI's curated portfolio focuses on the ideas, programs and individuals positioned to transform health. We restructure food systems. Build the capacity of diverse public health and healthcare leaders, in the U.S. and globally. Tackle emerging diseases. Use tech to speed healthcare delivery. Amplify local leaders. No idea is too small—or too big—to succeed.

Building a healthier world together.




PHI generates and promotes research, leadership and partnerships to build capacity for strong public health policy, programs, systems and practices.


Healthy communities where individuals reach their highest potential.


Health is a fundamental human right. Just societies ensure equitable health outcomes for everyone.


  • Accountability

  • Leadership and creativity in individuals and institutions

  • Cross-sector thinking

  • Innovation

  • Evidence-based public health

  • Strengthen public health engagement and leadership

  • Advance sustainable global health solutions

  • Strengthen public health systems, services and research

  • Advance policy to improve social determinants of health

  • Diversify and strengthen funding base to ensure long-term impact

  • Deliver operational excellence to PHI programs



















Our Approach


Our Structure




Our Priority

Building Health Equity

In the U.S. and around the world, people of color, low-income communities, people with disabilities and other marginalized populations experience poorer health outcomes. Structural inequities impact health: discriminatory housing policies trap families in areas with poor air quality; gender discrimination creates barriers to educational and economic opportunity; immigration status impacts income and access to health services. To create better health, PHI and its programs focus on building more equitable systems through policy and community change. Find out more.



Our Impact

Click the graphic below to see highlights of what PHI and our programs accomplished in the last year.