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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 community-based organizations, PHI and its programs are effective, influential advocates for public health in local, state, and federal policy.

Building on this success, PHI also works to strengthen its role in U.S.-based policy that has implications for health domestically and worldwide. With strategic policy platforms, PHI addresses policy in areas such as obesity prevention, climate change and health reform. In addition, PHI tracks federal and state legislation, regulations and budgeting processes across a wide range of issues that impact the public’s health, and advances policy solutions that address the social determinants of health.

Our expertise includes:

  • Campaign development and implementation: We are available to track health and social issues or specific pieces of legislation, as well as craft winning campaigns to improve health outcomes through policy change. Our staff has specific expertise in legislative work relating to chronic disease and communicable disease prevention, climate change, environmental health, sexual and reproductive health, and more. 
  • Network and coalition building: PHI specializes in building local, statewide, national, and global networks that unite community leaders and partners to work together in advocating for the advancement of sound, equitable public health policies.
  • Media advocacy: Work with PHI to strategically use mass media to support community-driven efforts to advance social justice or public health campaigns, by engaging newsmakers to tell social policy issues through an environmental lens, and broadening the default frame from individual behaviors to call for long-lasting public health improvements.
  • Community and legislative engagement: PHI staff bring years of on-the-ground community connections spanning the globe. We also have significant expertise in launching collaborative efforts with local community residents and organizations to advance public health policy by engaging in grassroots and direct action with legislators and legislative staff. 
  • Capacity building and technical assistance: We provide customized trainings and workshops, both web-based and in-person, to help support staff and coalitions in their health policy campaigns. PHI staff will also provide ongoing or as-needed technical assistance and support.

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Resources and Tools

Experts

Norman Constantine

Norm Constantine, PhD, is a research psychologist and methodologist who directs PHI’s Center for Research on Adolescent Health and Developmen...

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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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Elizabeth Emerson

Elizabeth Emerson is co-investigator of the Health Spectrum Program and the Smoke-Free International Program. She received the Humanitari...

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Joel Ervice

Joel Ervice is the associate director of Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP), which works to reduce the burden of asthma through clini...

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Genoveva Islas

Genoveva Islas, MPH, directs Cultiva La Salud, which works to address poor nutrition and physical inactivity in the San Joaquin Valley by creating ...

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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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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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Programs

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 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 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 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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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 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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Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program

The Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program (CCROPP) began in 2005 as a model program utilizing a policy and environmental change ap...

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Cultiva La Salud

As an initiative of the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH), Cultiva La Salud works in Fresno, Kern and Stanislaus counti...

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Public Health Alliance of Southern California

The Public Health Alliance of Southern California is a collaboration of leaders from Southern California local health departments, which are statut...

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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

Advocating for Action On Climate and Health

Through advocacy, expert testimony and research, PHI’s Center for Climate Change and Health supported the groundbreaking passage of 2016 California legislation, SB 32 and SB 1383, the most aggressive climate change bills in the country.

In 2016, the State Legislature solidified California’s role as a leader in policy changes to slow climate change with the passage of these two bills, buoyed by PHI’s advocacy and research that integrates the long-term consequences climate change will have on vulnerable populations. On the local level, PHI’s Center for Climate Change and Health championed a ban on coal handling in Oakland, CA, citing the detrimental effects nonrenewable energy has in exacerbating climate change.

In 2015, Dr. Linda Rudolph, of PHI's Center for Climate Change and Health, played a key role in advocating for passage of SB 350, a new California law that will increase the state's renewable energy use to 50% and double energy efficiency in buildings by 2030—including testifying before the State Assembly on behalf of the bill. Dr. Rudolph was named a Champion for Change in Climate and Health by the White House in 2013.

Improving Air Quality Across California

Climate change worsens air quality, yet many climate strategies reduce other air pollutants as well. In California, PHI has assessed the health impact of proposed cap and trade regulations and been an active voice for health equity in the implementation of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act. 

PHI’s Regional Asthma Management and Prevention program helped pass California diesel emissions regulations that are projected to prevent 150,000 cases of asthma, 12,000 cases of acute bronchitis and 9,400 premature deaths over 15 years. 

Protecting SNAP-Ed During Federal Farm Bill Negotiations

Photo by Tim Wagner/HEACDuring the last round of federal Farm Bill negotiations critical funding for SNAP-Ed, the health education component of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps), was on the verge of getting cut. PHI's advocacy team helped lead a national effort that protected SNAP-Ed programs not only in California, but across the U.S. Today, these programs continue to provide vital nutrition education to support low-income families in living healthy lifestyles.