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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.

Program Director(s)

Karya Lustig
Carmen Nevarez

Program Site



California Leadership Academy for the Public's Health (CaLAPH)

CaLAPH develops cadres of current and emerging leaders working across sectors and disciplines to advance health equity in California. CaLAPH works with participants to plan, develop and/or implement systems change, and to develop partnerships and networks among participants, communities and stakeholders. Teams deepen their leadership practice as they work on an Applied Health Leadership Project to address social determinants of health and work toward Health in All Policies in their community.


Leadership Consulting

CHLP partners with local health departments and regional/national initiatives to help them achieve their goals through customized strategic leadership consultation. Some previous partners: Los Angeles Cty. Dept. of Public Health, Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit of So. Calif., San Francisco Dept. of Public Health, Assoc. of State and Territorial Health Officials, the National Assoc. of County and City Health Officials, Calif. Rural Indian Health Board, Y-USA and the Invest Health Initiative.

Leadership Learning Network (LLN)

The Leadership Learning Network (LLN) provides ongoing leadership training to public health professionals who have completed a Center for Health Leadership and Practice program. Through webinars and peer networking, the LLN brings together health and leadership experts with program alumni in intimate conversations on new and emerging practices in the public health field.

National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health (NLAPH)

NLAPH trains multi-sector teams from across the U.S. to develop the leadership capacity of participants working across sectors to improve population health. This one-year program uses cutting-edge strategies, tools and cross-sector collaboration practices, including an action-learning process that includes webinars, a leadership retreat, coaching support, peer networking, an Applied Health Leadership Project. NLAPH teams learn by doing as they work on an issue already a community priority.

Here's How We're Making a Difference

Accelerating Multi-Sectoral Leadership for Health

The National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (NLAPH) is a one-year applied leadership training program designed to build leadership capacity and strengthen multi-sector collaboration within community health initiatives across the country. Since 2012, NLAPH has trained 125 teams and  600+ leaders from 44 states and territories. Over 90% of participants reported that the NLAPH model is effective and sufficient in supporting intersectoral leadership development. Most participants (97%) would recommend the program to their colleagues.

NLAPH participants are making a difference: teams have tripled the number of underrepresented medical residents at the Medical University of South Carolina, helped pass a NYC-wide law restricting tobacco purchases for people under 21, and increased lead screening rates from 80% to 100% in New Jersey’s Burlington County.

Preparing for Emerging Epidemics

In 2016 PHI’s Center for Health Leadership and Practice met with local leaders in the U.S. Virgin Islands to facilitate a strong, coordinated public health response to the Zika virus. The center’s model approach to creating cross-sector collaboration is informed by lessons learned from past epidemics and can support other communities facing Ebola, Zika and other infectious disease outbreaks.

By bringing tested and proven models built by lessons learned as a result of past epidemics, the Center is helping international and domestic entities build cross-sector capacity and collaboration for preparing for and responding to infectious disease outbreaks.

Strengthening Health Departments

PHI’s Center for Health Leadership and Practice has trained hundreds of senior personnel from local and state health departments to become more effective leaders in the movement to reduce health disparities and improve the social determinants of health.