Health Care & Population Health
Access to high-quality, affordable health care is critical in creating healthier populations. Yet much of what makes people healthy is determined outside the doctor’s office—from housing and safety to education and employment.
That’s why physicians today investigate housing conditions to prevent asthma, why banks invest in childcare centers, and why hospitals address hunger in neighboring communities.
To ensure successful collaboration and better health, PHI brings together a broad cross-section of partners.
PHI programs help align resources, guide strategic investments, and uncover financing and payment mechanisms that make healthcare—and health—accessible, affordable and effective. For everyone.
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.
At BARHII, lessons learned are shared and strategies and resources developed; committees focus on data, community engagement, built environment, social determinants of health, structural racism and building health departments’ capacity.
Build Healthy Places Network
The Build Healthy Places Network catalyzes and supports collaboration across the health and community development sectors, together working to improve low-income communities and the lives of people living in them.
We achieve our mission by: Connecting leaders, practitioners, investors, and policymakers across sectors through in-person and virtual convenings; managing a clearinghouse that gathers, synthesizes and summarizes research, best practices and models that demonstrate what works at the intersection; and providing capacity-building tools and resources that highlight the health-related value of community development work and encouraging measurement of health-related impact.
CA4Health is a 5-year Community Transformation Grant from the CDC focused on reducing the burden of chronic disease in rural communities throughout California. A collaboration between PHI and the California Department of Public Health, CA4Health provides local county partners with tools, training and guidance to make their communities healthier. CA4Health’s 4 strategic directions are reducing consumption of sugary beverages, increasing availability of smoke-free housing, creating safe routes to schools, and providing people with chronic disease with skills and resources to manage their illness.
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.
Center for Connected Health Policy
The Center for Connected Health Policy develops and advances telehealth policy solutions that promote improvements in health and health care systems by: serrving as a state and national resource on telehealth policy issues; identifying policy barriers through objective research; providing unbiased policy analyses and recommendations; and educating decision makers about telehealth’s optimal role in the evolving health care landscape.
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 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.
Clinical Trial Quest
Clinical Trial Quest's mission is to expand access to clinical trial participation by empowering and encouraging discussions between patients and healthcare providers. We believe that by having more community healthcare providers and more diverse patient populations (minorities, women, elderly and socioeconomically disadvantaged patients) participating in clinical trials we can increase the speed of innovation, help the medical community better understand how medicines work in different populations, and both support and improve the quality of care in community healthcare settings.
To accomplish our goals we are developing an educational platform and portfolio of engagement tools. Our platform includes a proprietary database and user interface that will provide patients, caregivers and healthcare providers with accessible, scientifically rigorous and actionable information about clinical trials and standard of care treatments curated from a variety of sources to insure inclusion of the latest information about emerging treatments. Information will be customized to each user audience in a manner currently unavailable to patients, caregivers and healthcare providers.
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.
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 Intervention Projects for Underserved Populations
Health Intervention Projects for Underserved Populations (HIPUP) aims to improve substance abuse and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment research and services for underserved populations, such as transgender persons, Asian and Pacific Islander men who have sex with men (MSM) and substance users. Through collaboration with targeted community members, community-based organizations and public health departments, HIPUP, led by Dr. Tooru Nemoto, strives to have a significant impact on health promotion and human rights for underserved communities locally and internationally.
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 Alliance of Southern California
The Public Health Alliance of Southern California is a collaboration of leaders from Southern California local health departments, which are statutorily responsible for the health of over half of California’s population. The Alliance addresses regional chronic disease prevention through upstream multi-sector policy and systems and environmental change. Current priority initiatives include multidisciplinary collaborations advancing transportation; food environments; and healthy community data indicators. The regional approach provides a mobilized, collective public health voice to actively promote the health of all Southern Californian communities.
Public Health Data Solutions
Data is the foundation of sound decision making, especially when tackling complex health issues. Organizations have literally hundreds of thousands of data points available to them, from publicly available data to their own in-house information. Capturing those numbers and translating them into a meaningful story is challenging. Public Health Data Solutions (PHDS) harnesses powerful online technologies that allow organizations to easily collect, manage and share data. PHI leverages decades of experience in improving health outcomes to help clients identify which tools and technologies will provide the greatest impact, integrate these custom solutions into their work and bring their data to life. Read the overview.
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.