Turning great ideas into healthier communities

Tracy Delaney, PhD, RD

Principal Investigator

Tracy Delaney, Ph.D., R.D., is founding director of the Public Health Alliance of Southern California (Alliance), a collaborative of the health departments statutorily responsible for 57% of California’s population.  The Alliance advances regional chronic disease prevention through multi-sector policy, systems, and environmental change. Dr. Delaney has a proven track record of successfully spearheading innovative, multidisciplinary initiatives resulting integration of health within land use and transportation, food systems and regional community indicators.  She is an accomplished tactician securing over $34 million in funding to support healthy communities.

Previously, at the County of San Diego’s Public Health Services, Dr. Delaney was Director of Chronic Disease and Health Equity.  She was Principal Investigator and Director of the $16 M Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grant, which was the largest federal obesity prevention award, as well as the subsequent Community Transformation Grant (CTG).  Accomplishment highlights include: healthy general plans, urban agriculture policy; park equity master plan, incentivized EBT farmer’s markets, health impact assessment; procurements of local produce, countywide safe routes to school strategic plan and community garden ordinance. 

She holds a doctorate in Nutrition from University of California, Davis, is a registered dietician and a certified Health Fitness Director with the American College of Sports Medicine.

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."

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.

Public Health Alliance of Southern California – Health Disadvantage Index

Project will provide support for public health stakeholders’ engagement with the California Environmental Protection Agency on next generation improvements to the disadvantaged neighborhoods.