Turning great ideas into healthier communities


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.

Program Director(s)

Connie Chan Robison

Program Site



Advancing Behavioral Health Integration

CCP coordinated grantee convenings funded by Blue Shield of California Foundation to work on the Advancing Behavioral Health Integration initiative including development of website to house learning and convening resources and tools to promote cross-site learning and exchange.

Conference Planning and Management

CCP provides conference planning and management in collaboration with multiple philanthropic and organizational partners including our current work with Blue Shield of California Foundation's Value of Prevention initiative and the California Future Health Workforce Commission's Convening to promote cross-sector partnerships and increased public and private sector investments to address health workforce challenges in the 21st Century. CCP offers program and logistics support in both projects.

Fee for Service Facilitation Services and Training Workshops

CCP provides facilitation services such as strategic planning and one-off trainings and workshops on a variety of topics ranging from collaborative leadership practices, Asset Based Community Development (ABCD), group facilitation, community engagement/organizing, conflict management, sustainability, and other content to promote health equity and community driven solutions. These fee based services use best practices and tested curricula and are tailored for specific audiences and conditions.

Immigrant Rights Advocates Retreat

CCP worked with the California Wellness Foundation staff to plan and implement a three day retreat for immigrant rights advocates and leaders for renewal, reflection about their work to address immigration issues, and re-commitment to the work moving forward in the face of challenging social and political environments and conditions.

Leveraging Collaboration to End Domestic Violence

CCP coordinates training, technical assistance, and convening activities in collaboration with Blue Shield of California Foundation staff and consultants for the Foundation's Leveraging Collaboration to End Domestic cohort. In addition to in-person and online training and learning, CCP helps to manage online learning platform to promote peer learning, communication, and resource sharing among the 6 grantee collaboratives.

Project Management for Cal Wellness' Womens Initiatives

CCP serves as project manager for Cal Wellness Foundation's Women of Color and HIV-AIDS-STIs initiative and the Re-entry women of color and Employment initiative. In this capacity, CCP supports the design of grantmaking strategies, requests for proposals, coordination of communications and program implementation activities. CCP also provided backbone support to facilitate the work of Re-entry public policy partners.

Sacramento County Underage Substance Abuse Prevention and Education

CCP mobilizes youth and parents/adult allies to prevent alcohol, marijuana and other drug use among young people throughout Sacramento County through leadership development and education campaigns. The Center uses youth development, popular education, and community building practices to engage youth and community members to develop positive messaging and opportunities for leading prevention efforts including social media campaigns.

Women of Color Ending Stigma

CCP works with a coalition of women of color to design and implement the Women of Color Ending Stigma (WCES) social media campaign to prevent stigma among women of color in accessing substance use prevention and treatment services, particularly medication assisted treatment for opioid addiction. WCES is developing gender and culturally appropriate messaging and social media platforms to promote help seeking behavior and change public perception of addiction.

Here's How We're Making a Difference

Bringing Together California Communities to Share Best Practices

By organizing convenings for learning and evaluation meetings for stakeholders from the California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities sites, PHI’s Center for Collaborative Planning helped strengthen efforts in California’s low income communities to increase access to health care coverage and address neighborhood and school health issues.

The 100 participants learned how to plan, implement, and evaluate their local action plans, and shared evaluation and learning strategies with their colleagues and peers. Convening sessions and discussions lifted up best practices and tools that could be adapted by local learning and evaluation teams to achieve their community’s health goals.

Helping California Advocates Implement ACA and Reach Vulnerable Communities

In 2014, PHI’s Center for Collaborative Planning hosted a one-day convening for California Wellness Foundation grantees working to implement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—bringing together over 70 participants to discuss best practices in outreach and enrollment of eligible populations for health insurance coverage under the new law. The convening created a safe place for organizations to lift up challenges, explore unique partnerships, and share strategies to ensure health care coverage for California’s most vulnerable communities. The Center for Collaborative Planning also piloted an online resource repository to support information-sharing across grantees, creating an accessible space for participants and others to continue the conversation and share additional learnings throughout their work.

Helping Organizations Improve their Sustainability and Community Engagement Initiatives

PHI’s Center for Civic Partnerships and Center for Collaborative Planning collaborated together to help build the capacity of California Wellness Foundation grantees in the areas of sustainability, community engagement, policy and advocacy.

Through training institutes and webinars, participants developed their knowledge and skills with peers and were able to return to their organizations with the ideas, tools and inspiration to put into place practices that will benefit and sustain their organizations and the people they serve.


Organizing and Staffing the California Home Visit Summit

In 2016, PHI’s Center for Collaborative Planning organized the California Home Visit Summit, which convened over 500 home visitors and their supervisors/program managers, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health program directors and coordinators, early childhood program representatives, local health partners and agencies, and those interested in the health and well-being of California's children and families. Held over two days, the summit emphasized skill building, learning and networking for home visitors and people working for/with home visiting programs.

The summit included a variety of skill-building opportunities, such as: motivational interviewing, male involvement, breastfeeding, maternal/caregiver mental health, substance use, oral health, gender identity, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), trauma, asthma, prevention, and parent engagement. Evaluation results show that participants gained skills and knowledge from workshop sessions and appreciated new tools and opportunities to engage in practicing new methodologies.

Providing Tools and a Framework for Community Leaders and Partnerships

In 2018, PHI’s Center for Collaborative Planning facilitated the creation of Oak Park’s Trust Advisory Committee (TAC). The TAC is comprised of community members, business leaders and staff from the City of Sacramento and the Foundation/Center, to collaborate on the best uses of the Trust for land and community development. TAC helps to seed and influence economic development for the underserved and racially diverse residents in Oak Park—residents who have experienced gentrification and racialized inequities after decades of neglect. In addition, the TAC now serves as a model framework for other cities and municipalities to benefit their underserved families and residents.

Training New Women Leaders

PHI’s Center for Collaborative Planning has trained over 350 women in health leadership. Alumni have spearheaded significant public health initiatives in California, including passage of the first local ordinance banning alcohol and tobacco billboards and the creation of the California Association of Rural Health Clinics.