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Public Policy Development

Changing policies and practices at a school or preschool, in a local business or workplace, or in a neighborhood, state, and country can create palpable and lasting change. PHI produces forward-thinking research, develops proposals, initiates evaluations and builds buy-in in order to inform and shape some of the most complex policy challenges facing the nation today, including: agriculture and nutrition, marijuana, transportation planning, climate change, economic development, nutrition, healthy communities,  health information technology, and alcohol, tobacco and substance use. PHI's approach is centered on the importance of evidence and data, , boosting community power and voices, creation of political will, and crafting policies that yield just and equitable solutions. 

 


 

Resources and Tools

Experts

Kevin Barnett

Kevin Barnett is a Senior Investigator at the Public Health Institute.  He has led research and fieldwork in hospital community benefit and he...

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Julia Caplan

Julia Caplan, MPP, MPH, is Program Director for the Health in All Policies Task Force, which is a collaborative project between the Public Health I...

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Won Kim Cook

Won Kim Cook, PhD, is an associate scientist at the Alcohol Research Group. She has a strong interest in immigrant alcohol use and other health iss...

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Michael Dimock

Michael R. Dimock, president of Roots of Change Fund (ROC), is a national food movement organizer and thought leader on food and farming systems ne...

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Sue Grinnell

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

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Anne Kelsey Lamb

Anne Kelsey Lamb, MPH, is the director of Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP) and its principal investigator. Serving as director sinc...

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Matthew Marsom

As Vice President for Public Policy and Programs for the Public Health Institute (PHI), Matthew works to advance and support the work of the o...

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Linda Rudolph

Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH, is the Director of the Center for Climate Change and Health at PHI. She also provides consultation to local jurisdictions t...

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Gina Solomon

Gina Solomon is a Principal Investigator at PHI, researching environmental health and chemical policy issues. She is specifically evaluating how Ca...

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Mei Wa Kwong

Mei Wa Kwong has over a decade of experience in state and federal policy work. She is currently the Executive Director for the Center for Connected...

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Programs

Alcohol Research Group

Established in 1959, the Alcohol Research Group (ARG), a program of the Public Health Institute, conducts and disseminates research on the epidemio...

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CA4Health

CA4Health is a community of practice consisting of people and organizations working to advance chronic disease prevention and health equity in Cali...

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California Center for Research on Women and Families
(PHI program 2000-2016)

The California Center for Research on Women and Families (CCRWF), established in November 2000, was the sponsor of the California Working Families ...

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California Convergence Coordinating Office

The California Convergence is a regionally organized, statewide network that unites community leaders and partners to collectively build equit...

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California Health Interview Survey

The California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), the nation's largest state health survey, is a collaboration of PHI, the California Department o...

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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 Climate Change and Health

The Center for Climate Change and Health contributes to building healthy and climate-resilient communities that have the right tools to mitigate an...

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Center for Connected Health Policy

The Center for Connected Health Policy develops and advances telehealth policy solutions that promote improvements in health and health care system...

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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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Center for Technology and Aging

The Center for Technology and Aging (CTA) serves as a national resource for the development, implementation, demonstration and evaluation of patien...

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Center for Wellness and Nutrition

The Public Health Institute Center for Wellness and Nutrition recognizes the connections among local community environments, poor diet, physic...

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Cultiva La Salud/Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program

(PHI program 2011-2018) The Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program (CCROPP) began in 2005 as a model program utilizing a policy...

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Health in All Policies

The Health in All Policies Task Force is a collaborative project between the Public Health Institute, the California Department of Public Health, a...

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Health Spectrum Program

Using a multi-dimensional emphasis that encompasses geographical, age, gender, socio-economic status, and race and ethnicity categories, the Health...

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National Opioid Leadership Summit 2019

Opioid use disorder isn’t contained by the walls of a cell, hospital or treatment center—and our interventions can’t be either.&n...

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Regional Asthma Management and Prevention Program

The Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP) program is a collaborative that promotes strategies for reducing asthma through a broad and co...

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Roots of Change

Roots of Change (ROC) is a think tank-and-do tank working to ensure emergence of a sustainable food system in California. ROC provides road maps to...

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Here's How We're Making a Difference

Advancing Health Equity Through Healthy Housing Policies

In 2015, PHI's Regional Asthma Management & Prevention program (RAMP) played an important role in advocating for two new healthy housing policies passed in California—SB 328 and SB 655—that will reduce exposure to asthma triggers, particularly in low-income communities and communities of color.

In recognition of this work and ongoing efforts in this area, RAMP received the 2016 Housing and Urban Development Secretary’s Award for Healthy Homes on behalf of the California Healthy Housing Coalition. The award recognizes excellence in healthy housing innovation and achievement.

RAMP continued its successful work with California Healthy Housing Coalition partners to improve housing quality. Closing a loophole in legislation RAMP worked to get signed last year (SB 328-Hueso), RAMP co-sponsored and the governor signed AB 2362 (Chu) to ensure tenants are notified of pesticide use, including those living in condominiums and townhomes.

In 2016, RAMP also co-sponsored a bill in California that gives tenants new rights when they discover dangerous mold, which is linked to asthma and other respiratory diseases. Now listed as a condition of substandard housing, tenants can hold landlords accountable if the problem is not fixed. Until the bill passed, tenants had few options if their residence had mold. With the new legislation, renters can now for the first time report mold problems to the city, which can then demand repairs and fine landlords who don't comply.

RAMP has plans to continue advocating for healthier housing in the years to come.

Advancing Telehealth Policy across the Country

The Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) at the Public Health Institute is as a state and national leader in developing and promoting policies to lower cost of and improve access to care through broader adoption of telehealth or “connected health” technologies. As the federally designated telehealth policy resource center for the state of California, CCHP has on staff some of the most knowledgeable telehealth policy experts in the United States. CCHP program staff are national leading experts and speakers on telehealth policy, and the CCHP has assisted in providing expert assistance to legislators in states across the country, including Nebraska, Utah, and Nevada.

Ensuring Strong Health Measures in the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan

In response the Governor Brown’s 2015 executive order on reducing emissions from the freight sector, the California Air Resources Board and several other state agencies collaborated to develop the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan, released in July 2016. The Plan outlines a wide range of strategies that, in the long term, can transform the freight system.

As part of the California Cleaner Freight Coalition, PHI's Regional Asthma Management and Prevention program (RAMP) joined partners from across the state to advocate for strong, protective health measures in the Plan. In the months ahead, RAMP intends to help shape its implementation to continue their commitment to healthy, clean air for all.