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 2016, PHI partnered with the 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 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.
Center to Advance Community Health & Equity
The Center to Advance Community Health & Equity (CACHE) is housed at the Public Health Institute and has the expertise to help nonprofit hospitals, health systems, and other stakeholders translate data into better community investments. A team of health experts, advocates, funders, and community members came together, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to develop CACHE. CACHE helps users interpret data from Community Benefit Insight, and couple it with existing tools and resources for strategic community benefit implementation.
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.