Turning great ideas into healthier communities

Sue Grinnell

Sue Grinnell, MPH, is Director of the Population Health Innovation Lab (PHIL). Sue has over 30 years of experience in public health, having held a variety of positions working to address issues such as chronic disease, access to prenatal care, and children’s health. 

Her current work is focused on supporting multi stakeholder collaborative's intent on improving the health and well being of their communities. Through the use of various innovative practices including the Art of Hosting, Theory U and Design Thinking, PHIL supports deepened capacity for collaboratives to navigate the complex waters of population health.

Prior to coming to PHI, Sue was with the Washington State Department of Health, where she served as special assistant for Health Transformation and Innovation, and directed the departments of Chronic Disease and Maternal and Child Health as well as the Office of Healthy

California Accountable Communities for Health Initiative (CACHI)

In late 2016, PHI partnered with Community Partners, State of California along with several other funders to launch the California Accountable Communities for Health Initiative (CACHI), which aims to modernize our health system, building on the Accountable Communities for Health (ACH) model. CACHI brings together clinical providers with public health departments, schools, social service agencies, community organizations, and others to improve critical health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, trauma, and promote greater health equity.

In 2017, CACHI expanded from 6 to 15 communities throughout California, to involve local communities in Southern California, the Central Valley, and Northern California. Each partner brings a unique set of skills and knowledge to change the environments that people live in, and will work together to address the root causes of health and inequities where they live.

PHIL provides support to 9 of the 15 communities. The approach includes a revised Curriculum and Playbook, one on one and group calls, convening, web discussions on relevant topics, Individualized supports and Technical Assistance Offerings (limited), resource brokerage, document repository website. Through peer learning, there is an opportunity to come together as learners, share perspectives, and broaden perspectives gaining a wider systemic perspective of population health and how to be more equipped to address the needs of their communities.

Community Platform and Curriculum

Develop a training curriculum for the California Accountable Communities for Health (CACHI) sites across the state. Launch and support an online social network platform to host materials and encourage cross sector collaboration.

Leveraging Collaboration to End Domestic Violence

Create a multi-county initiative that will develop meaningful policy change to address factors that contribute to domestic violence and adverse childhood experiences, while utilizing the Public Health Innovation Lab’s methodology of facilitation and technical innovation.

Northern ACEs Collaborative

Many Northern California Counties are disproportionately affected by high Adverse Child Experiences (ACE) scores relative to other regions in California. Domestic violence is an indicator in the ACE spectrum along with other Social Determinants of Health, which play a critical role in healthy families. A group of stakeholders from six northern California counties —Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Shasta, Tehama, and Trinity—have come together to form a multi-sector collaborative to identify and address opportunities for policy and systems change that mitigate issues of trauma and domestic violence using the Life-Course Model. Representatives from over 26 organizations, and sectors including healthcare, K-12 education, early-years and childcare, social services, domestic violence agencies, and public health, have contributed time and resources to the Collaborative. Blue Shield of CA Foundation has recognized the value that this unique collaborative can provide to support their goals related to ending domestic violence. Stakeholders from across the five counties have convened to develop and establish a clear set of priorities and action steps to address identified root causes of ACEs and the linkage to domestic violence. Learn more.

Time to Modernize: Local Public Health Transitions to Population-Level Interventions (2019)

Abstract Objectives To identify facilitating factors that guide local health departments (LHDs) in their transition from direct clinical se...

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Novel Approaches to Public Health (Recorded Webinar Series) (2018)

Technology is now an integral part of our every day lives, but are we leveraging it effectively in public health? Tune in to these webinar recordin...

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Webinar: CACHE 101 (2018)

The Center to Advance Community Health & Equity (CACHE), housed at the Public Health Institute, helps nonprofit hospitals, health systems, and ...

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Core Metrics Pilot Project Final Report (2017)

The Blue Shield of California Foundation sponsored an Institute of Medicine (IOM) workshop on core metrics which led to the formation of an IO...

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Vermont Accountable Communities for Health (ACH) Peer Learning Lab Report (2017)

The state of Vermont has a long history of investing in the health of its population. With a $45 million federal State Innovation Model (SIM) grant...

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Capacity Building & Training

Strong leadership and organizational management can enhance the success and sustainability of public health interventions. PHI’s capacity bui...

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Coalition & Network Building

The Public Health Institute (PHI) doesn't just bring people to the table: we bring the right people to the table. We build strong coalitions an...

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Leadership Development

PHI sees its role in leadership development as providing the resources, training and momentum to help existing community leaders build power and ma...

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Population Health

Access to high-quality, affordable health care is critical. Yet health is also heavily determined by factors outside the doctor’s office, fro...

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Social Determinants of Health

Malnutrition, food insecurity and hunger often go hand-in-hand with obesity and chronic disease. Many vulnerable families live in neighborhoods tha...

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