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Focus Area

Capacity Building & Leadership

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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.

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Programs

Advancing the State of the Art in Community Benefit

Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative
(PHI program 2002-2017)

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.

Learn about Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative
(PHI program 2002-2017) projects

Berkeley Media Studies Group

BMSG is dedicated to expanding advocates’ ability to improve the systems and structures that determine health and accelerate movement toward racial and health equity. BMSG has extensive experience in research, training, and technical assistance related to communicating about challenging social, political, and economic issues, that shape health.

Learn about Berkeley Media Studies Group projects

CA4Health

CA4Health is an inclusive statewide community of practice comprised of diverse and committed stakeholders advancing chronic disease prevention and equity across CA. We believe that increased collaboration, fostering non-traditional partnerships, and tackling tough challenges together will create impactful, lasting change in California.

Learn about CA4Health projects

California Adolescent Health Collaborative

The California Adolescent Health Collaborative (CAHC) is focused on improving the well-being of California’s youth by utilizing multidisciplinary and equity-informed approaches. With strategic partnerships, CAHC works to improve the knowledge and skills of adolescents to be leaders in their communities and have healthy transitions to adulthood.

Learn about California Adolescent Health Collaborative projects

California Center for Research on Women and Families
(PHI program 2000-2016)

The California Center for Research on Women and Families (CCRWF), established in November 2000, was the sponsor of the California Working Families Policy Summit and published 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. This program ended in 2016.

Learn about California Center for Research on Women and Families
(PHI program 2000-2016) projects

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.

Learn about California Convergence Coordinating Office projects

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.

Learn about California Health Workforce Alliance projects

California Opioid Safety Network

COSN provides support including TA, coaching and customized learning opportunities to Opioid Safety coalitions working throughout California on the following strategies: adopting safer prescribing practices, improving access to medical treatment, increasing naloxone distribution, and other innovative harm reduction strategies. 

 

Learn about California Opioid Safety Network projects

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.

Learn about California Project LEAN projects

CAMI Health

CAMI Health is an organization dedicated to improving the health of women and girls worldwide. With sixteen years of related experience, we address complex global health problems impacting women and their families by building and leading learning networks. As network leader, CAMI Health fosters collaborations, manages knowledge, and sets priorities for action. CAMI Health exemplifies this mechanism serving as Secretariat to the Initiative for MPTs (IMPT), a network built to advance the field of multipurpose prevention technologies, or MPTs. MPTs are an innovative class of products that deliver varied combinations of HIV prevention, other STI prevention, and contraception and have the potential to improve the lives of women and girls worldwide.

Looking ahead, CAMI Health aims to build on this successful learning network model to create programmatic sustainability and continue to advocate for women and girls to live healthy, happy lives. This could include CAMI Health’s expansion into other critical areas supportive of women and girls’ empowerment and sexual and reproductive health.

CAMI Health on Vimeo. Collaborate on a project with us. Join the IMPT network. Make MPTs a reality.

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CAN-Act

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.

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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.

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Center for Collaborative Planning

CCP's mission is to grow the capacity of communities to shape, influence, and lead social change. Since 1994, the Center achieves this mission by using the tools of training, technical assistance, coaching, convening, and leadership development to build capacity of people and communities to take action on issues they care about.

Learn about Center for Collaborative Planning projects

Center for Health Leadership and Practice

The mission of the Center for Health Leadership and Practice (CHLP) is to advance health by increasing leaders' capacity to transcend boundaries and transform their communities. Through the use of blended learning modalities, CHLP leads programs for teams, coalitions and networks to advance leadership skills and reduce health inequities.

Learn about Center for Health Leadership and Practice projects

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.

Learn about Center for International Tobacco Control projects

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.

Learn about Center for Research on Adolescent Health & Development projects

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.

Learn about Center for Wellness and Nutrition projects

Dialogue4Health

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. 

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FACES for the Future Coalition

The FACES for the Future Coalition delivers the 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 youth development, stakeholder engagement, and workforce development strategies.

Learn about FACES for the Future Coalition projects

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.

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Global Health Technical Professionals

Credence Management Solutions and Public Health Institute are partnering over five years to implement the Global Health Technical Professionals (GHTP), a project of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Credence and PHI support the Global Health Bureau’s commitment to improving global health outcomes in communities around the world by providing technical professionals at all career stages for posts both in Washington, D.C. and abroad. These global health professionals augment the Agency’s programs addressing its three strategic priorities: preventing child and maternal deaths; controlling the HIV/AIDS epidemic; and, combating infectious diseases. They improve the technical abilities of USAID offices, teams and working groups by bolstering technical leadership, accelerating innovation, increasing science and technology capabilities, strengthening local capacities, promoting gender equality, and providing acquisition and additional services on a variety of global health program initiatives. For more information contact info@globalhealthtp.org.

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Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA)
(PHI program 2013-2016)

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.

Learn about Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA)
(PHI program 2013-2016) projects

GOJoven International

GOJoven International 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.

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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.

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National Alliance for Health

The National Alliance for Health (NAFH) provides a forum for national public health and health care organization’s senior leadership to dialogue, promote and stimulate actions on critical issues to improve community health, mental health and wellness, and advance health equity for all.

Our goal is to align public health and health care sectors through building a robust cross-sector collaboration and will address the common challenges facing them.

Our purpose is to advance collective action on a common agenda between health care and public health sectors to create healthier, safer and more equitable communities, environments and systems to improve community health.

The NAFH, launched in 2017 as a multi-sectoral community of practice, has now grown to 15 partner organizations who collectively developed a common agenda with seven priority focus areas which will improve the health and wellness of our communities.

NAFH is a program of PHI's Population Health Innovation Lab, and is supported by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Kresge Foundation.

 

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Network for a Healthy California, Supplemental Nutrition Education Program Education
(PHI program 1997-2015)

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

Learn about Network for a Healthy California, Supplemental Nutrition Education Program Education
(PHI program 1997-2015) projects

PHI Design Center

The PHI Design Center addresses both external and internal design needs related to public health, including, but not limited to: consultation, codesign facilitation, product and experience design, digital production, instruction in design methods, industrial design, curriculum development, prior art review, evaluation, and study design.

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PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program

The PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program is a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded program that offers recent global public health graduates from Council on Education in Public Health accredited schools the opportunity to participate in yearlong fellowships with guidance from leading global health experts from the CDC.

Learn about PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program projects

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.

Learn about Population Health Innovation Lab (PHIL) projects

Program Office for the CDC Cooperative Agreement (POCA)

Through a master cooperative agreement, the Program Office for the CDC Cooperative Agreement (POCA) partners with the CDC to strengthen public health professionals’ capacity to plan, coordinate, implement, and assess effective chronic disease initiatives. POCA provides cohesive external and internal management between PHI programs and the CDC.

Learn about Program Office for the CDC Cooperative Agreement (POCA) projects

Public Health Alliance of Southern California

The Public Health Alliance of Southern California (Alliance) is a coalition of local health departments in Southern California. Collectively our members have statutory responsibility for the health of nearly 50% of California’s population. Our vision is “Vibrant and activated communities achieving health, justice and opportunities for all.”

 

Learn about Public Health Alliance of Southern California projects

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.

Learn about Public Health Trust projects

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. 

 

Learn about QI On Tap: Quality Improvement Onsite Technical Assistance Program projects

Regional Asthma Management and Prevention Program

RAMP’s mission is to reduce the burden of asthma with a focus on health equity. Emphasizing both prevention and management, we build capacity, create linkages, and mobilize networks to advocate for policy and systems changes targeting the root causes of asthma disparities.

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Rise Up

Rise Up activates women & girls to transform their lives, families & communities for a more just & equitable world through investment in local solutions, strengthening leadership & building movements. Since 2009, over 600 leaders have successfully advocated for 120 new & improved laws & policies impacting 135 million people around the globe.

Learn about Rise Up projects

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. 

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Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR)

STAR is a five-year USAID-funded Fellowship project that improves the knowledge and skills of US and low-and-middle-income country (LMIC) professionals and institutions engaged in global health. Partners include Johns Hopkins University, University of California, San Francisco, and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.

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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.

Learn about USAID Global Health Fellows Program II projects

Additional PHI Projects