Chronic Disease Prevention
Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and asthma are leading causes of death and disability in the U.S. They are also a growing health problem in lowincome countries around the world.
These diseases disproportionately affect communities of color and low-income populations, and are responsible for close to 75 percent of all U.S. health care costs.
Successful prevention strategies begin with recognizing the complex interplay of social factors that drive chronic disease, including poverty, education, access to care and local community environments.
At PHI, we oversee a diverse portfolio of cutting-edge chronic disease prevention programs that collectively work to address these social determinants of health, with an emphasis on policy and systems change to have the broadest impact.
Alcohol Research Group
Established in 1959, the Alcohol Research Group (ARG), a program of the Public Health Institute, conducts and disseminates research on the epidemiology of alcohol and other drug consumption and problems, alcohol health services research, and alcohol policies while also training future generations of researchers. ARG is also home to the National Alcohol Research Center.
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.
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.
Founded in 1982, C/NET Solutions develops cancer registry software that provides quality data collection, and powerful, reliable, user-friendly abstracting and reporting. C/NET Solutions first distributed its cancer registry software to hospitals in California, then to over 800 facilities across the country through the American College of Surgeons. In 1992 C/NET Solutions launched C/NEXT, a network-ready software, and began selling it to hospitals and other facilities outside California. CNExT for Windows now serves over 350 cancer registries in over 25 states and provinces across North America.
CA4Health is a community of practice consisting of people and organizations working to advance chronic disease prevention and health equity in California. CA4Health is forging partnerships, creating opportunities for efforts to be leveraged, building capacity for leadership, providing opportunities and tools to advocate, and facilitating coordinated actions that will enhance, expand, and elevate the participants’ work and efforts statewide. We believe that increased collaboration, fostering non-traditional partnerships, and tackling tough challenges together will create impactful, lasting change in California.
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(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.
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 Occupational Health Surveillance and Evaluation Program (OHSEP)
OHSEP, a program of the Occupational Health Branch of the California Department of Public Health, tracks work-related injuries and diseases, studies workplace exposures and health effects, and makes prevention recommendations to employers and employees. OHSEP information is used to improve workplace Injury and Illness Prevention Programs and help identify and treat early work-related injuries and disease. OHSEP focuses on work-related asthma, fatal occupational incidents, pesticide poisoning and carpal tunnel syndrome.
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.
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.
Cancer Registry of Greater California
Through a contract from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), PHI manages the Cancer Registry of Greater California (CRGC), one of several population based registries that make up NCI‘s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program. CRGC collects data on cancers diagnosed among residents of 48 of 58 California counties. CRGC identifies and collects information about 57% of the approximately 160,000 cancer cases diagnosed annually in California following SEER‘s reporting requirements. CRGC is one of three SEER registries in California collecting cancer data under State law through the Chronic Disease Surveillance and Research Branch (CDSRB) of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).The CDPH and the regional registries make up the California Cancer Registry (CCR). Data are used for cancer surveillance, research and program evaluation.
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 Innovation and Technology in Public Health
CITPH promotes improved quality of health care, reductions in costs, and improved access to public health services through technology-enabled health solutions. CITPH is engaged in research, demonstrations, program evaluation, and dissemination of its findings for practice improvement and informing public policy. CITPH studies and evaluates patient-centered, technology-enabled health care innovations that improve population health, represent cost-effective solutions in low resource settings, and can be deployed on a large scale to drive real systems change.
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 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.
Child Health and Development Studies
Child Health and Development Studies (CHDS) investigates how health and disease are passed on between generations--not only genetically, but also through social, personal and environmental surroundings. Nearly 50 years ago, CHDS enrolled over 15,000 families during the mothers' early pregnancy. Families participated in comprehensive interviews about their health, lifestyle and experiences. Follow-up studies CHDS children, now adults, and on their children, enable CHDS scientists to study health across generations and seek ways to prevent disease early in life.
Cultiva La Salud
As an initiative of the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH), Cultiva La Salud works in Fresno, Kern and Stanislaus counties in six largely Latino neighborhoods and communities including Southeast Fresno, Orange Cove, Southeast Bakersfield, Arvin, Ceres and Turlock.
The goal of Cultiva La Salud, which literally means “cultivate health” in Spanish, is to increase access to environments with healthy food or beverage options and increase access to physical activity opportunities. Through these approaches Cultiva La Salud will seek to increase the daily consumption of fruits, vegetables, healthy beverages and increase physical activity among the targeted Latino population. The project will be working in partnership with the Dolores Huerta Foundation and the Ceres Partnership for Healthy Children.
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.
Health in All Policies
The Health in All Policies Task Force is a collaborative project between the Public Health Institute, the California Department of Public Health, and the California Strategic Growth Council. Health in All Policies is a collaborative approach to improving population health by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across sectors and policy areas. HiAP is an innovative response to increasingly siloed government structures, rising healthcare costs, growing inequities, and growing awareness of the impact of the social determinants of health.
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.
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.
Pacific ADA Center
The Pacific ADA Center works to build a partnership between the disability and business communities and to promote full and unrestricted participation in society for persons with disabilities through education and technical assistance.
Public Health Alliance of Southern California
The Public Health Alliance of Southern California (Alliance) is a coalition of the executive leadership in 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 “All Southern California communities are healthy, vibrant and sustainable places to live, work and play.”
The Alliance builds healthy, equitable communities through upstream multi-sector policy, systems and environmental change; and mobilizes and amplifies the Southern California local health departments’ regional voice in three Priority Initiatives: Healthy Neighborhoods; Healthy Food & Water Systems; and Data in Action. The Alliance work is grounded in two overarching frameworks including: 1) Equity and Opportunities for All and 2) Healthy Planet, Healthy People. An additional focus on Public Health and Prevention Infrastructure underlies all of our work.
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.
Survey Research Group
The Survey Research Group (SRG) conducts population based health-related surveys, using one of the country's most technologically advanced call centers. Since 1987, public health officials, advocates and researchers use the data for: tracking health risks, identifying emerging problems, improving treatment, and evaluating programs. SRG’s mission is to foster health, well-being, and quality of life through rigorous quantitative and qualitative research guided by the principles of equity in health, environment, education and economic context. Read more about SRG's services.
Additional PHI Projects
- Addressing the Needs of Vulnerable Populations through Digital Innovation
- Assessing the Impact of a Health in All Policies Approach on Latino Health Disparities in California
- BEST – Berkeley Evaluation of Soda Tax
- Bridging the Gap: Community Obesity Measures Project
- Bridging the Gap: Community Obesity Measures Project
- California Cancer Registry Collaboration with Saskatchewan Cancer Agency
- California Cancer Registry: Core Operations 2007-2012
- California's Participation in the Center's for Disease Control & Prevention National Cancer Prevention and Control Program
- Cancer Care Delivery in Medicaid
- Cancer Data Services Analyses
- Cancer Mapping: Making Spatial Models Work for Communities
- Cancer Surveillance Support for Process Improvement
- Chronic Disease Prevention Leadership Project
- Collaborative Efforts in Health Equity
- Data Analysis Research Support to UC Davis Cancer Center
- Empowering Survivors of the 2011 Japanese Earthquake to Fight Against Cancer
- Enhancing Cancer Registry Data for Comparative Effectiveness Research
- Environmental Exposure & Breast Cancer in a Large, Diverse Cohort
- Evaluation of the Impact of a Menu-Labeling Program (Smart Menu/La Salud Tiene Sabor)
- Healthy Living Fellowship Initiative
- Healthy Schools for Healthy Kids
- Legislative Brief on PACE Interventions for Chronic Disease
- Let’s Move Support
- National Campaign on the Dangers of Lead in Mexican-style Candy
- NCD Conference: A Focus on Outcomes
- Newborn Sickle Cell Screening Program
- Prenatal Organochlorine Metabolites, Thyroid Function and Development
- Protecting California Families from "Take-Home" Lead Exposure
- SPARCC Capacity Building
- Sugar Alert: Evaluation of San Francisco's Sugar Sweetened Beverage Advertising Warning Label Law
- Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) 2010-2017
- Sweetgreen in Schools Consultation
- Taking Back our Food System Monthly Events
- The Effects of Personal and Community Resources on Breast Cancer and Long-Term Survival in Canada and the United States, 1995-2015
- The UCSF Pregnancy Exposures to Environmental Chemicals Children’s Center
- UC Davis Cancer Center Support Grant
- UMASS Pregnancy Study
- Validation of PROMIS in Diverse Cancer Populations
- WIN – Wellness Initiatives Now