Turning great ideas into healthier communities

Tracy Delaney, PhD, BS

Principal Investigator

Tracy Delaney, Ph.D. is founding director of the Public Health Alliance of Southern California, a regional coalition of eight local health departments whose members have statutory responsibility for the health of 50% of California’s population. Her work advances population health and equity through multi- sector initiatives addressing policy, systems and environmental change. She has spearheaded multidisciplinary projects integrating land use and transportation, food systems, climate and water resources and community equity indicators.

During her tenure at the County of San Diego, she was Principal Investigator for Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant, the nation’s largest federal obesity prevention award, and the CDC’s Community Transformation Grant.

She holds a doctorate in Nutrition from University of California, Davis. Dr. Delaney was honored with the 2014 Leadership Award by the Southern California Public Health Association. She has a voluntary Clinical Professor faculty appointment with the University of California Department of Family Medicine and Public Health.

Advancing Healthy Communities and Equity Across Southern California

To mobilize and amplify the Southern California local health departments' regional voice to effectively advance upstream chronic disease prevention and to reduce health inequities with a focus on multi-sector policy, systems and environmental change.  The program’s collective vision is that "All Southern California communities are healthy, vibrant and sustainable places to live, work and play."


Advancing Upstream Policy Adoption in Southern California

This one-year project builds on two overarching longer-term strategies for the Alliance:

  1. Advancing Upstream Policy Adoption in Southern California: The Alliance will offer strategic planning support, capacity development and technical assistance for upstream policy adoption, while also shifting internal resources to facilitate rapid regional response on emerging priority policy issues with its members.
  2. Developing Innovative Financing Strategies for Healthier Communities: Community investments are standard practice for many sectors, yet strategic alignment across funding streams is not commonplace and aligning investments for prevention are even less frequent. Few proven pathways exist to guide effective collaboration that achieves goals across all sectors, including government. The Alliance will begin to address these limitations with health departments and a broader range of community investors through a learning collaborative that explores and tests financing innovations deployed elsewhere and assesses feasibility of alternative options for local consideration.

California Healthy Places Index

The California Healthy Places Index (HPI) is a statewide tool covering almost all locations in the State of California and 98.7% of the state’s population, except for certain small geographies where data is not available. HPI explores community conditions down to the Census tract level, including demographics, income, housing, health, education, transportation, and other community health data.

Promoting Food Recovery, Climate & Equity

This project works to:

  1.  Address regulatory and statutory grey areas that are barriers to AB 1219 and SB 557 implementation, signed by Governor Brown in October 2017. Areas requiring further clarification include: regulatory and/or statutory solutions addressing: direct feeding of homeless; share tables at schools; donations from salad bars and buffets; uniform definitions for charitable feeding operation/organization, re-serve, serve, and fit for human consumption.
  2. Continued education and capacity building on safe food donation practices including a) Environmental health departments (EHDS) in a sustainable manner, by developing and deploying “train the trainer” workshops and b) additional new key sectors including: hospitals, schools, grocery stores and other retail industry partners
  3. Support identification and tracking of metrics for retail food facilities and donations
  4. Develop social enterprise partnerships with LHDs to help address root causes of food insecurity. There are exciting innovative models led by community based organizations (CBO’s) across the state, providing job training opportunities for populations facing food insecurity, poverty and employment challenges, such as prior incarceration. This project will identify best practices and mobilize government resources to directly support social enterprises addressing upstream determinants of health.

Public Health Alliance of Southern California – Governing for Health Equity

Project will increase the capacity of public health departments in Southern California to learn best practices on governing for racial and health equity.

The California Healthy Places Index (2018)

The California Healthy Places Index (HPI), a resource developed by the Public Health Alliance of Southern California, is a powerful new tool t...

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Capacity Building & Training

With diverse public health programs spanning the globe, PHI understands how strong leadership and organizational management can enhance the success...

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Chronic Disease

Chronic, non-communicable diseases—such as heart disease, cancer, asthma, obesity, and diabetes—are responsible for close to 75 percent...

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Coalition & Network Building

Building strong coalitions and networks is essential to solving today’s pressing public health issues. The Public Health Institute (PHI) can ...

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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 Advocacy

With experience across a range of policy areas and issues, combined with our strong record working side-by-side with business, government, and comm...

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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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