Capacity Building & Leadership
Strong leadership and organizational management can determine success and sustainability. PHI helps build the capacity of communities, nonprofit organizations, local governments and individuals so they can be more effective at achieving their mission and creating lasting change.
We trust in the wisdom of communities to know what works best for them.
To move the needle on our greatest public health challenges, our leaders and institutions need to be as effective as possible.
With diverse programs spanning the globe, PHI’s capacity building initiatives address a wide range of critical health issues, from aging populations to global health and more.
Advancing the State of the Art in Community Benefit
ACCESS Health Worldwide
ACCESS (Advancing Company Community Engagement for Sustainable Societies) Health Worldwide, an innovative project of PHI, facilitates partnerships among companies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and local governments to build healthy and sustainable communities. ACCESS Health Worldwide focuses on partnerships that increase access to health resources, especially for women, in ways that can be sustained. Since 2008, the project has worked in Indonesia with funding from the Ford Foundation to help companies and NGOs build the trust, knowledge and skills needed for successful partnerships.
Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative
The Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) is a nationally recognized leader in transforming public health practice to advance health equity to create healthier communities. It is a collaborative of public health directors, officers, senior managers and staff from the 11 San Francisco Bay Area health departments and the California Department of Public Health. In 2017, BARHII transitioned its fiscal sponsorship to the Tides Foundation.
Behavioral Health Concepts, Inc. (BHC)
Behavioral Health Concepts, Inc. (BHC) is a national consulting and service company headquartered in Emeryville, California, with a satellite office in Columbia, Missouri.
Founded in 1994 and incorporated in May 1996, BHC is certified as an External Quality Review Organization (EQRO) by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to review state managed Medicaid services for access, quality and timeliness of services. BHC currently has contracts in California to conduct annual reviews of Medi-Cal funded county Mental Health Plans (MHP) and Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery Systems (DMC-ODS) in all 58 counties as the CalEQRO. BHC has also served as the Missouri EQRO for health care services for twelve years and has provided other program evaluation services at the federal, state and local levels.
Berkeley Media Studies Group
Berkeley Media Studies Group (BMSG) works with community groups, journalists and public health professionals to use the power of the media to advance healthy public policy. To do this, BMSG conducts research to understand how news, entertainment and advertising portray health and social issues. Through media advocacy training and consultation, BMSG helps advocates harness lessons from that research and develop the skills they need to become stronger voices in policy debate and illuminate the need for improving the places where all people live, learn, work and play.
California Adolescent Health Collaborative
The California Adolescent Health Collaborative (CAHC) is a public-private statewide coalition with the goal of increasing understanding and support for adolescent health and wellness in California. As a coalition of representatives from public and private agencies, CAHC is committed to a comprehensive, assets-based, multidisciplinary approach to improving the health and well-being of California youth.
California Center for Research on Women and Families
The California Center for Research on Women and Families (CCRWF), established in November 2000, is the sponsor of the California Working Families Policy Summit and also publishes policy primers to educate policymakers, program providers, and the general public about policy issues affecting women and families in California. CCRWF also directed the CalWORKs/Child Welfare Partnership Project, Linkages.
California Convergence Coordinating Office
The California Convergence is a regionally organized, statewide network that unites community leaders and partners to collectively build equitable, safe and healthy communities where everyone participates and prospers. Convergence is governed and guided by a statewide, community-led steering committee, with administrative, communication, policy and evaluation-related support from the California Convergence Coordinating Office and statewide partners.
California Health Workforce Alliance
California's current health workforce is composed of more than one million individuals. In order to supplement and replace the retiring professionals with California residents over the next 30 years, CHWA works to educate and develop more than one million new and upcoming healthcare professionals.
California Project LEAN
California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition) is a program of the Public Health Institute. It works to advance nutrition and physical activity policy in schools and communities to prevent obesity and associated chronic diseases. Efforts center on youth and parent empowerment approaches, policy and environmental change strategies, and community-based solutions that improve nutrition and physical activity environments primarily in low-resource, high-need communities.
CAMI Health / The Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies
As Secretariat of the Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (IMPT), CAMI Health leads a global, product neutral collaboration that advances the development of Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (MPTs), an innovative class of products that deliver varied combinations of HIV prevention, other STI prevention, and contraception. MPTs promise to improve the lives of women and their families worldwide.
In this role, CAMI Health serves as the central body that researchers, product developers, funders, policymakers, and advocates rely on for objective technical guidance and strategic planning related to MPTs. By facilitating interdisciplinary partnerships, CAMI Health enables experts from across the family planning, HIV, and STI fields to strategize around the unique technological, market access, and regulatory challenges presented by combined prevention product development, thus refining the pathway to impactful MPT development.
CAN-Act (the California Association of Nutrition & Activity Programs) supports healthy eating and active living in California by providing leadership, provider and community empowerment, and vigorous advocating in support of effective state and federally funded nutrition education and promotion programs. CAN-Act members are organizations funded by the Network for a Healthy California and others who share our vision that all communities should have easy access to affordable, health-promoting food and physical activity opportunities. CAN-Act programming includes advocacy, training, ongoing technical assistance, planning process facilitation, and convening stakeholders to influence change.
Center for Climate Change and Health
The Center for Climate Change and Health contributes to building healthy and climate-resilient communities that have the right tools to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The Center engages local leaders, community-based organizations, public health and health care workers, scientists, policymakers and civil society in mainstreaming the protection of health across a wide range of policies and sectors. It promotes strategies that effectively address the impacts of climate change on health, while at the same time generating co-benefits from adaptation and mitigation for health and across other sectors.
Center for Collaborative Planning
The Center for Collaborative Planning (CCP) advances health and social justice through community building and grassroots leadership development. CCP offers training and technical assistance on core community change processes, including collaboration, community engagement, asset-based community development, participatory strategic planning, popular education and group facilitation.
Center for Health Leadership and Practice
Today’s public health challenges are complex and rapidly evolving, and call for an innovative approach to leadership development. The mission of the Center for Health Leadership and Practice (CHLP) is to advance health by increasing leaders' capacity to transcend boundaries, work collaboratively and transform their communities. Through the use of blended learning modalities, CHLP leads programs for teams, coalitions, initiatives and professional networks to advance leadership skills and reduce health inequities.
Center for International Tobacco Control
In Asia, the two largest consumers of tobacco are China and Indonesia, together representing 412 million smokers. The Center for International Tobacco Control (CITC) was established in 2006 to conduct research studies and programs to address the tobacco problem in these two countries. CITC promotes effective tobacco tax policy and tobacco policy alternatives; works on tobacco farming issues and crop substitution; promotes public education around tobacco; promotes smoke-free environments; and trains local tobacco control researchers.
Center for Research on Adolescent Health & Development
The Center for Research on Adolescent Health and Development integrates research, training, and advocacy in adolescent sexual health and rights with two primary goals. First, we promote better sexuality education and communication for youth and parents, with special attention to the sexual health needs and rights of foster youth and other underserved populations. Second--providing a critical foundation for the first--we work to enhance the field's understanding, appraisal, and appropriate use of social science theory, research evidence, and rigorous scientific inquiry.
Center for Wellness and Nutrition
The Public Health Institute Center for Wellness and Nutrition recognizes the connections among local community environments, poor diet, physical inactivity, food insecurity and obesity.
The Center for Wellness and Nutrition has a diverse portfolio of nutrition, physical activity, obesity prevention and chronic disease prevention projects that reduce the risk of obesity by empowering communities to eat healthier foods, engage in physical activity and create safer environments that foster healthy choices. We have partnered with the California Department of Public Health for over 15 years to implement its highly-successful, USDA-funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program nutrition education (SNAP-Education).
Our multi-disciplinary PHI team provides specialized expertise in social marketing, cultural competency, communications, tailored materials, partnership development, training, technical assistance, research and evaluation, with a focus on the unique needs of the low-income audience. Our team can oversee full projects from development to implementation, or provide training and consultation to help guide your efforts and build the capacity of your staff.
Center on Disability
The Center on Disability at the Public Health Institute is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities with a focus on disability policy, civil rights, disability law, employment, health issues, independent living, and assistive technology. The Center on Disability is composed of disability-related projects with expertise in research, technical assistance, training and information dissemination.
Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program
The Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program (CCROPP) began in 2005 as a model program utilizing a policy and environmental change approach to help community members gain access to healthy food, beverages and safe spaces to be physically active. Central to CCROPP's work, the leadership training program (Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Leadership Program) worked closely with local residents to help them gain the critical skills and tools to take on leadership roles and help to create healthier communities.vAs a regional initiative, CCROPP brought together public health departments, community based organizations and grassroots community members to work together in addressing the policy, system and environmental factors that contribute to obesity and obesity related illnesses. CCROPP's many local successes include changing local ordinances to allow for the establishment of farmer’s markets and unlocking school gates for physical activity.
CCROPP work now lives on through Cultiva La Salud.
Champions for Change
Champions for Change saves the lives of women and children in Nigeria by empowering local leaders and organizations to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health through advocacy, education, storytelling, and strategic partnerships. Champions for Change leverages a program model developed by its sister initiative, Let Girls Lead, which has contributed to improved health, education, and livelihoods for more than 3 million girls globally since 2009. This powerful model drives change through the passage of national laws, implementation of programs, and distribution of funds to ensure access to quality healthcare, education, and economic opportunity.
Community Food and Justice Coalition
The Community Food and Justice Coalition (CFJC) is a national coalition committed to the basic human right to healthy food while advancing social, agricultural and environmental justice. CFJC collaborates with California communities, organizations and efforts to create a socially just as well as ecologically and economically sustainable food supply. CFJC also works collaboratively at the national level to affect food policy.
Dialogue4Health (D4H), a project of PHI, is a community that conceives, builds and shares strategies to improve the public's health. D4H partners with local, national and global organizations to host Web Forums and share critical resources.
FACES for the Future Coalition
The FACES for the Future Coalition delivers the highly successful FACES program model to communities seeking to prepare high school students for entry into the health professions by developing their own pipeline programs. FACES incorporates best practices in adolescent medicine, innovative pedagogy,and community engagement. Taken together, the model addresses the diverse needs of young people interested in healthcare careers, and prepares students to meet the challenges of impending health workforce shortages and worsening health disparities.
Global Health Leaders
Global Health Leaders runs the five-year Medtronic Foundation Associates Program – a Fellowship of the Public Health Institute (PHI) funded by Medtronic Foundation.
The primary goal of the Medtronic Foundation Associates Program is to build local professional capacity among public health professionals to provide on-the-ground technical insight, alignment and representation for Medtronic Foundation’s chronic, acute and neglected disease programs in the field of non-communicable disease and chronic diseases.
A second goal is to create a pool of local public health and corporate professionals who have expanded competency and acumen in business and public health through training in corporate philanthropy, public private partnerships, public health and the interface between the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors as it relates to health and the NCD crisis in the developing world. Medtronic Foundation Associates are local leaders who will work as Technical Advisors to advance the work of Medtronic Foundation in India, South Africa, Brazil, Switzerland and the United States.
Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA)
The Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA) was a youth-led global network of over 800 young people and adult allies working on youth and HIV/AIDS in over 170 countries worldwide. GYCA's mission was to empower young leaders with the skills, knowledge, resources and opportunities they need to scale up HIV/AIDS interventions amongst their peers.
GYCA closed on July 31, 2016. To learn more about the closure, read the Closing Letter. GYCA's most recent tools, resources, and publications are available on its website until January 2017. After January 2017, they will remain available here.
GOJoven is a multi-year youth development fellowship program focused on building the capacity of young leaders and their organizations in Mesoamerica to improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health outcomes through reducing adolescent pregnancy, maternal mortality, and HIV/STI rates and strengthen the enabling environment to sustain this progress.
Health Spectrum Program
Using a multi-dimensional emphasis that encompasses geographical, age, gender, socio-economic status, and race and ethnicity categories, the Health Spectrum Program provides issue and policy analysis and reporting; project/program and policy evaluation; training; technical assistance for statewide disease prevention and other health initiatives; and capacity building. The Health Spectrum Program focuses on children's health; health disparities; chronic disease prevention; wellness for leaders and decision-makers; and tobacco-free hospital campuses and patient treatment policies.
Let Girls Lead
Let Girls Lead is building a global movement of Champions who empower girls to attend school, stay healthy, escape poverty, and overcome violence. Let Girls Lead invests in girls and their allies to lead social change through advocacy, education, storytelling, economic empowerment, and strategic partnerships. Since 2009, Let Girls Lead's proven model has contributed to improved health, education, livelihoods, and rights for more than 3 million girls through the passage of national laws, implementation of programs, and distribution of funds to ensure access to quality healthcare, education, and economic opportunity. Let Girls Lead's sister initiative, Champions for Change, leverages this proven model to save the lives of women, newborns, and children by empowering leaders and organizations to advocate for reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health in Nigeria.
Network for a Healthy California, Supplemental Nutrition Education Program Education
PHI partnered with the California Department of Public Health to implement the Network for a Healthy California (Network), the largest and most diverse nutrition and physical activity initiative in the country. Beginning in 1997, PHI was an integral part in creating innovative Network partnerships that empower low-income Californians to increase fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity and food security with the goal of preventing obesity and other related chronic diseases. This work transitioned in 2015 to PHI's Center for Wellness and Nutrition.
Population Health Innovation Lab (PHIL)
PHI’s Population Health Innovation Lab (PHIL) brings new options for innovation to public health. In the same way that Silicon Valley creates lasting change through new perspectives on old challenges, at PHIL we use new approaches, new technologies, and new partnerships to develop solutions for our communities’ most complex problems—and then share and spread what works.
Working directly with communities in need, PHIL moves beyond the symptoms to address the root issues and the systems at the heart of the challenge. We bring together a wide range of communities, innovators, funders, and public health professionals to use new tools and methodologies in new ways.
At the same time, we also harness the assets PHI has amassed over its 50 years at the forefront of public health: nationally ranked researchers, diverse and proven programs, strong infrastructure, and a wide network of partners.
Public Health Trust
The Public Health Trust (PHT) works with private attorneys, government agencies and public health organizations interested in using litigation settlement funds to improve public health. PHT manages settlement funds with a focus on transparency and accountability. PHT grantees address a wide range of public health issues from marketing of food, tobacco products, exposure to toxic substances, medication access, and air and water quality.
QI On Tap: Quality Improvement Onsite Technical Assistance Program
QI On-TAP is a program that was created to provide technical assistance in the area public health accreditation readiness including performance management, quality improvement, strategic planning, community health improvement planning, and workforce development.
Regional Asthma Management and Prevention Program
The Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP) program is a collaborative that promotes strategies for reducing asthma through a broad and comprehensive approach that includes clinical management and environmental protection. RAMP brings together diverse partners such as public health and community-based organizations, schools, medical providers, and environmental health and justice groups to join forces in reducing the burden of asthma with a focus on communities inequitably affected by the disease.
Roots of Change
Roots of Change (ROC) is a think tank-and-do tank working to ensure emergence of a sustainable food system in California. ROC provides road maps to food movement power and policy victories. ROC has a clear change strategy, an extensive statewide network of change agents and a track record of spawning and leading projects that are transformative because they unify actors to push for progress using multiple intervention points simultaneously. ROC is focused primarily on California because it is a bellwether that can positively influence the nation.
USAID Global Health Fellows Program II
The USAID Global Health Fellows Program II (GHFP-II), led by the Public Health Institute, seeks to improve the effectiveness of USAID's population, health and nutrition programs overseas by developing and increasing the capacity of health professionals. GHFP-II helps USAID address its immediate and emerging human capital needs by developing a diverse group of global health professionals to support and sustain the effectiveness of the Agency's current and future health programs.
Youth Champions Initiative
PHI has partnered with the Packard Foundation to launch the Youth Champions Initiative (YCI) to advance innovation and quality in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) globally. YCI will invest in visionary young champions who will lead the SRHR movement for the next generation.
Youth Champions Initiative is a program of Rise Up, dedicated to investing in young people who are leading the sexual and reproductive health and rights movement for the next generation in South East Asia, Africa and the United States.
Additional PHI Projects
- Addressing the Needs of Vulnerable Populations through Digital Innovation
- Affordable Care Act Implementation Initiative
- Alignment of Governance and Leadership in Health Care: Building Momentum for Transformation
- Applied Public Health Leadership Training Program
- Building Emotional Competence - An Equilibrium Dynamics Training Program
- California Gaining Ground Coalition
- California Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review
- Chronic Disease Prevention Leadership Project
- Comprehensive Center of Human Sexuality for Adolescents and Youth
- Core Metrics Pilot Test
- Differential Delivery of Follow-Up Care and Survivorship Among Latinos Using Medicare
- Emotional Competence Training for Mental Health Counselors at Richmond Area Multi Services
- Emotional Competence Workshop for Parents at McClymonds High School, Oakland, CA
- Evaluation of Community Clinic Efficiency
- Leadership Training to Build the Capacity of the Public Health Workforce in Appalachia
- Mentorship for States Without an NNPHI Member (Hawaii)
- Minority Training Program, Summer Institute for Careers in Cancer Control Research
- Mobility of Health Professionals and Impact on National Health Systems
- Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) Phase I and II
- Public Health Delivery and Cost Studies in the San Joaquin Valley of California
- Public Health Professional Development Program
- Revise and Publish the Second Edition of a Guide for Developing Public Health Institutes
- Senior Management Retreat for CDC's Center for Global Health
- SPARCC Capacity Building
- Supporting Incidejoven to improve the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents in Guatemala