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Health Education & Promotion

Health outcomes are tied to individual behavior, and are also shaped by our surrounding environments. In order to improve health and reduce rising health care costs, the Public Health Institute believes we must create equitable environments that support health and promote healthy behaviors. In addition to our services designed to improve health policies and community conditions, we also bring decades of experience in public health education and awareness campaigns.

We offer health promotion services related to agriculture and nutrition, active transportation, climate change, obesity prevention, telehealth and health information technology, sexual and reproductive health, and alcohol, tobacco, and substance use. A leader in the movement to build healthier communities, PHI focuses on community empowerment and community-based solutions, with a specific focus on impacting community health and behavior change among underserved populations. For two decades, PHI staffed the Network for a Healthy California's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education Program (SNAP-Ed), which created award-winning health promotion campaigns that blanketed California and made measurable improvements in healthier eating behaviors.

Our expertise includes:

  • Social marketing and communications: Work with us to communicate with community residents in your health promotion efforts. PHI can help you develop print, audio, video, and digital products, and create strategic campaigns to ensure that messages are heard by your target audiences—both on- and off-line, and across multiple languages.
  • Health education program development and management: Our staff bring decades of experience in leading successful health education programs. We are available to develop scalable, successful health promotion programs, or handle overall operations and management needs.
  • Training and capacity building: We also offer specialized trainings and technical assistance in creating health promotion campaigns, including "train the trainer" sessions designed for community health workers and promotoras. 
  • Evaluation: PHI offers ongoing and as-needed evaluation to measure your impacts in health education and promotion, inform program improvement, and bolster success.


Resources and Tools


Amy DeLisio

Amy DeLisio, MPH, RD is the director at the Public Health Institute Center for Wellness and Nutrition (CWN) and has over fourteen years of experien...

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Tomás A. Magaña

Tomás A. Magaña, M.D., M.A., F.A.A.P. founded and directs the FACES for the Future Coalition, and leads national dissemination of the...

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Bethany Young Holt

Bethany Young Holt, PhD, MPH is the Founder and Executive Director of CAMI Health, an organization dedicated to advancing the health of women and g...

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California Adolescent Health Collaborative

The California Adolescent Health Collaborative (CAHC) is a public-private statewide coalition with the goal of increasing understanding and support...

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California Project LEAN

California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition) is a program of the Public Health Institute. It works to advance nutrition and...

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CAMI Health

CAMI Health is an organization dedicated to improving the health of women and girls worldwide. With sixteen years of related experience, we address...

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Center for International Tobacco Control

In Asia, the two largest consumers of tobacco are China and Indonesia, together representing 412 million smokers. The Center for International Toba...

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Dialogue4Health (D4H), a project of PHI, is a community that conceives, builds and shares strategies to improve the public's health. D4H p...

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East Bay Health Workforce Partnership

The East Bay Health Workforce Partnership (EBHWP) is an employer-led effort working closely with community and education leaders to meet the curren...

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Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA)
(PHI program 2013-2016)

The Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA) was a youth-led global network of over 800 young people and adult allies working on youth and HIV/AID...

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Health Intervention Projects for Underserved Populations

Health Intervention Projects for Underserved Populations (HIPUP) aims to improve substance abuse and HIV/AIDS prevention and tr...

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Here's How We're Making a Difference

Changing Health Behaviors

Photo by Tim Wagner/HEACThe Network for a Healthy California, the innovative nutrition education partnership with PHI and the California Department of Public Health, helped to drive a 92 percent increase in the number of low-income Californians eating recommended levels of fruits and vegetables, which is critical to prevent diet-related illness.

The Network’s work lives on as PHI’s Center for Wellness and Nutrition.



Power Play! Social Media Campaign

Photo by Tim Wagner/HEACThe Children’s Power Play! Campaign, a research-proven social marketing campaign by PHI’s Network for a Healthy California (now the Center for Wellness and Nutrition), reached 500,000 low-income California children a year and improved attitudes about eating fruits and vegetables and staying physically active.