Turning great ideas into healthier communities

Sue Grinnell

Sue Grinnell, MPH, is Director of Business Strategy and Technology at PHI's Population Health Innovation Lab (PHIL). Grinnell joins PHI with 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. 

The mission of PHIL is to leverage PHI’s expertise and deep experience in population health to accelerate innovative investments, strategies and interventions that build healthier populations and realize a broad social and financial return.

Grinnell comes to PHI from 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 Communities. She also previously served as director for the Cowlitz County Health Department in Longview, Washington.  

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.

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.

Trauma Informed Practices

The PHIL Trauma Informed Lab and Training focuses on building and supporting community structures that address Trauma Informed practices and ACEs in a holistic and intentional manner. The field of trauma informed practices is very broad, with our focus being strategies that address public health and community engagement activities, either individually or with partners.

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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Evaluation

The evaluation of public health programs and policies is essential to improving health outcomes. PHI offers a full suite of evaluation services&mda...

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Health Equity & Social Justice

Health is a fundamental human right. But in the U.S. and around the world, people of color, low-income communities, people with disabilities and ot...

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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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Public Policy Development

The Public Health Institute believes in the importance of research- and community-based approaches to policy development. PHI produces forward...

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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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