Public Policy Development
The Public Health Institute believes in the importance of research- and community-based approaches to policy development. PHI produces forward-thinking research to support the public health perspective as it relates to many of the most complex policy challenges facing the nation today, including: agriculture and nutrition, transportation planning, climate change, economic development, obesity prevention, healthy communities, telehealth and health information technology, and alcohol, tobacco and substance use. At the same time, we are committed to advancing community-backed solutions to public health issues.
PHI's approach to analyzing public health policies is centered on an understanding of the social determinants of health, the importance of prevention, engagement of all stakeholders, creation of political will, and the advancement of public health through policies that yield equitable solutions. PHI uses policy and advocacy to promote health and improve social determinants of health—in California, across the country, and internationally. In addition to advocating for policies that promote public health, PHI advances cross-cutting, inter-sectoral, and emerging public health policy opportunities, including climate change and environmental health, community benefit policy, and population health implications legislation.
Our expertise includes:
- Research: We are available to help you research existing relevant health policies to build on what's working, or launch a new policy initiative.
- Coalition and network building: Work with us to decide the right of stakeholders to bring to the table to draft and develop public policy. We are also available to facilitate and support group discussion and long-term collaborative efforts.
- Community-based policy development: PHI can help you connect with impacted residents, local business owners, and on-the-ground organizations to develop community-driven legislation to improve health outcomes.
- Policy proposal and formulation: PHI experts are also available to draft and provide input on potential public health policies.
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Resources and Tools
- Advancing California's Leadership in Telehealth Policy: A Telehealth Model Statute & Other Policy Recommendations
- Funding Prevention in California: Lessons from Past Efforts to Raise Revenues
- Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Government
Anne Kelsey Lamb
Alcohol Research Group
California Center for Research on Women and Families
California Convergence Coordinating Office
California Health Interview Survey
California Project LEAN
CAMI Health / The Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies
Center for Climate Change and Health
Center for Connected Health Policy
Center for International Tobacco Control
Center for Technology and Aging
Center for Wellness and Nutrition
Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program
Cultiva La Salud
Health in All Policies
Health Spectrum Program
Public Health Alliance of Southern California
Regional Asthma Management and Prevention Program
Roots of Change
Here's How We're Making a Difference
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.
Expanding Telehealth Services in California
Recommendations by PHI’s Center for Connected Health Policy became the blueprint for California’s Telehealth Advancement Act of 2011. The act removes barriers, allowing the use of digital technologies to deliver a variety of health services. This can speed treatment for patients, eliminate the need for patient travel, improve communication among providers and lead to better care at a lower cost.
Turning Cutting-Edge Tobacco Research into Sound Health Policy
PHI’s Center for International Tobacco Control (CITC) called for a 1-yuan (US $0.15) cigarette tax increase in China after its research projected that this would cause 4 million smokers to quit and save 1 million lives. CITC’s recommendation was adopted by the WHO, the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Bank.
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