Social Determinants of Health
Malnutrition, food insecurity and hunger often go hand-in-hand with obesity and chronic disease. Many vulnerable families live in neighborhoods that lack access to affordable and healthy foods, relying on cheap, high-calorie, low-nutrient foods to get by. Poverty, social inequity, and other key social determinants of health are largely to blame.
PHI champions a public health approach that doesn’t just call on people to eat healthier or exercise more. Rather, we call for a shift in the conditions that lead to unhealthy outcomes in such epidemic proportions. We work together with communities to implement on-the-ground policies and programs that make healthy foods more accessible and affordable; advance local, sustainable agriculture; create and promote safe places to be physically active; and more. Many of these efforts have co-benefits for the environment and local economic development.
Our expertise includes:
- Advocating for policies that improve social determinants: PHI experts can work with you to advance policy solutions that address the social determinants of health. In addition, we are available to track federal and state legislation, regulations and budgeting processes across a wide range of social issues that impact health.
- Facilitating collaboration and coalitions: PHI has pioneered the "health in all policies" approach, and our experts are available to help identify and support opportunities for collaboration with diverse partners from multiple sectors, such as transportation, economic development, local community groups, medicine, and more.
- Capacity building and training: Addressing the social determinants requires a broad-reaching approach to understanding the environments that shape and impact health outcomes. PHI staff is available to train and consult with community collaboratives, public health departments, organizational staff, and multi-sector partners on a social determinants of health approach.
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Resources and Tools
- 2016 Training Catalog: PHI's Center for Wellness and Nutrition
- Confronting the Social Determinants of Health Inequities: Rethinking Public Health
- Life and Death from Unnatural Causes
- Saving Lives with Multipurpose Prevention Technologies: Turning Ideas Into Solutions for Sexual and Reproductive Health (Report)
Tomás A. Magaña
Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative
Berkeley Media Studies Group
Build Healthy Places Network
California Environmental Health Tracking Program
Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program
Health in All Policies
Roots of Change
Here's How We're Making a Difference
Harnessing Data to Drive Change
PHI’s Build Healthy Places Network catalyzes and supports collaboration across the health and community development sectors to improve health in low-income communities. MeasureUp, a microsite of resources and tools curated by the Build Healthy Places Network, helps practitioners make the case for the impact of neighborhood investments on community health and well-being—without having to become an economist.
Implementing Public Health Programs Around the Globe
Photo credit: Global Health Fellows Program II, Communications, Outreach, and Diversity
PHI operates the Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II, a worldwide, $40 million/year initiative in partnership with USAID. PHI’s robust but nimble infrastructure and operations allowed it to successfully roll out GHFP-I, and then successfully rebid in 2011 when the next phase, GHFP-II, called for more robust internal systems.
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