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Our Work - PHI is dedicated to improving the health, well-being and quality of life for people around the world
Our Work
PHI is dedicated to improving the health, well-being and quality of life for people around the world
Alcohol, Tobacco, Other Drugs & Mental Health - Addressing substance abuse and mental health issues through research, policy, advocacy and capacity building
Alcohol, Tobacco, Other Drugs & Mental Health
Addressing substance abuse and mental health issues through research, policy, advocacy and capacity building
Capacity Building - Strengthening individuals, organizations and communities to improve public health
Capacity Building
Strengthening individuals, organizations and communities to improve public health
 Chronic Disease Prevention - Advancing evidence-based prevention strategies to stem the chronic disease epidemic
Chronic Disease Prevention
Advancing evidence-based prevention strategies to stem the chronic disease epidemic
Communicable Disease Prevention - Combining research and technological innovation to reduce the threat of communicable disease
Communicable Disease Prevention
Combining research and technological innovation to reduce the threat of communicable disease
Disabilities - Improving the lives of people with disabilities through law, policy, employment, independent living opportunities and assistive technology
Disabilities
Improving the lives of people with disabilities through law, policy, employment, independent living opportunities and assistive technology
Environmental Health - Addressing critical environmental issues to improve population health and reduce health disparities
Environmental Health
Addressing critical environmental issues to improve population health and reduce health disparities
Global Health - Advancing comprehensive solutions to diverse global health challenges
Global Health
Advancing comprehensive solutions to diverse global health challenges
 Healthy Communities - Fostering community empowerment to transform local environments to support healthy lifestyles
Healthy Communities
Fostering community empowerment to transform local environments to support healthy lifestyles
Public Health Systems, Services & Research - Strengthening systems, services and research to address today's public health issues and prepare for tomorrow's challenges
Public Health Systems, Services & Research
Strengthening systems, services and research to address today's public health issues and prepare for tomorrow's challenges
 Technology & Innovation - Researching, evaluating and deploying cutting-edge technologies to transform public health
Technology & Innovation
Researching, evaluating and deploying cutting-edge technologies to transform public health
Women, Youth & Children's Health - Promoting the health and well-being of women, children and youth
Women, Youth & Children's Health
Promoting the health and well-being of women, children and youth

Program Spotlight

FACES for the Future Coalition The FACES for the Future Coalition delivers the highly successful FACES program model to communities seeking to prepare high school students for entry into the health professions by developing their own pipeline programs.  FACES incorporates best practices in adolescent medicine, innovative pedagogy,and community engagement.  Taken together, the model addresses the diverse needs of young people interested in healthcare careers, and prepares students to meet the challenges of impending health workforce shortages and worsening health disparities. 
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 patient-centered technologies that benefit older adults.  CTA supports the adoption and diffusion of technology-enabled care that is patient-centered, coordinated, efficient and effective.  Center staff identify and evaluate the implementation and adoption of technology-enabled programs, focusing on Mobile Health (mHealth), Remote Patient Monitoring, Care Transitions, and Medication Management, among others.
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 systems by: serrving as a state and national resource on telehealth policy issues; identifying policy barriers through objective research; providing unbiased policy analyses and recommendations; and educating decision makers about telehealth’s optimal role in the evolving health care landscape.
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 comprehensive approach that includes clinical management and environmental protection. RAMP brings together diverse partners such as public health and community-based organizations, schools, medical providers, and environmental health and justice groups to join forces in reducing the burden of asthma with a focus on communities inequitably affected by the disease.
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 Tobacco Control (CITC) was established in 2006 to conduct research studies and programs to address the tobacco problem in these two countries. CITC promotes effective tobacco tax policy and tobacco policy alternatives; works on tobacco farming issues and crop substitution; promotes public education around tobacco; promotes smoke-free environments; and trains local tobacco control researchers.
Alcohol Research Group Established in 1959, the Alcohol Research Group (ARG), now of the Public Health Institute, conducts and disseminates high-quality research on the epidemiology of alcohol consumption and problems, alcohol health services research, and alcohol policies while also training future generations of alcohol researchers. ARG is also home to the National Alcohol Research Center.
Adolescent Girls' Advocacy & Leadership Initiative (AGALI) The Adolescent Girls' Advocacy & Leadership Initiative (AGALI) improves adolescent girls' health, education, and livelihoods by enhancing the capacity of Latin American and African leaders to advocate for policies, programs, and funding benefitting adolescent girls. Through capacity building, grants, technical assistance, and empowerment of girl advocates, AGALI has achieved major policy victories that protect and advance adolescent girls' rights. 
Berkeley Media Studies Group Berkeley Media Studies Group works with community groups, journalists and public health professionals to use the power of the media to advance healthy public policy. To do this, BMSG conducts research to understand how news, entertainment and advertising portray health and social issues. Through media advocacy training and consultation, BMSG helps advocates harness lessons from that research and develop the skills they need to become stronger voices in policy debate and illuminate the need for improving the places where all people live, learn, work and play.
California Adolescent Health Collaborative The California Adolescent Health Collaborative (CAHC) is a public-private statewide coalition with the goal of increasing understanding and support for adolescent health and wellness in California. As a coalition of representatives from public and private agencies, CAHC is committed to a comprehensive, assets-based, multidisciplinary approach to improving the health and well-being of California youth.
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 and adapt to climate change. The Center engages local leaders, community-based organizations, public health and health care workers, scientists, policymakers and civil society in mainstreaming the protection of health across a wide range of policies and sectors. It promotes strategies that effectively address the impacts of climate change on health, while at the same time generating co-benefits from adaptation and mitigation for health and across other sectors.
Center on Disability The Center on Disability at the Public Health Institute is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities with a focus on disability policy, civil rights, disability law, employment, health issues, independent living, and assistive technology. The Center on Disability is composed of disability-related projects with expertise in research, technical assistance, training and information dissemination.
Center for Research on Adolescent Health & Development The Center for Research on Adolescent Health and Development integrates research, training, and advocacy in adolescent sexual health and rights with two primary goals. First, we promote better sexuality education and communication for youth and parents, with special attention to the sexual health needs and rights of foster youth and other underserved populations. Second--providing a critical foundation for the first--we work to enhance the field's understanding, appraisal, and appropriate use of social science theory, research evidence, and rigorous scientific inquiry.
California Project LEAN California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition) is a joint program of the California Department of Public Health and PHI. It works to advance nutrition and physical activity policy in schools and communities to prevent obesity and associated chronic diseases. Efforts center on youth and parent empowerment approaches, policy and environmental change strategies, and community-based solutions that improve nutrition and physical activity environments primarily in low-resource, high-need communities.
Pacific ADA Center The Pacific ADA Center works to build a partnership between the disability and business communities and to promote full and unrestricted participation in society for persons with disabilities through education and technical assistance.
Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program The Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program (CCROPP) is a model program utilizing a policy and environmental change approach to help community members gain access to healthy food, beverages and safe spaces to be physically active. Central to CCROPP's work is a leadership training program (Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Leadership Program), in which local residents gain the critical skills and tools to take on leadership roles and help to create healthier communities.
Network for a Healthy California PHI partners with the California Department of Public Health to implement the Network for a Healthy California (Network), the largest and most diverse nutrition and physical activity initiative in the country. Since 1997, PHI has been an integral part in creating innovative Network partnerships that empower low-income Californians to increase fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity and food security with the goal of preventing obesity and other related chronic diseases.   
Coalition Advancing Multipurpose Innovations The Coalition Advancing Multipurpose Innovations (CAMI) is a global initiative that works to improve sexual and reproductive health prevention strategies, and to develop new multipurpose prevention technologies (MPTs) that would simultaneously prevent unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and other common reproductive infections. CAMI provides a platform for bio-tech developers, researchers, advocates and educators to coordinate efforts, spurring innovations that will empower women and adolescents and improve reproductive health.
GOJoven GOJoven is a multi-year youth development fellowship program focused on building the capacity of young leaders and their organizations in Mesoamerica to improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health outcomes through reducing adolescent pregnancy, maternal mortality, and HIV/STI rates and strengthen the enabling environment to sustain this progress.
ACCESS Health Worldwide ACCESS (Advancing Company Community Engagement for Sustainable Societies) Health Worldwide, an innovative project of PHI, facilitates partnerships among companies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and local governments to build healthy and sustainable communities. ACCESS Health Worldwide focuses on partnerships that increase access to health resources, especially for women, in ways that can be sustained. Since 2008, the project has worked in Indonesia with funding from the Ford Foundation to help companies and NGOs build the trust, knowledge and skills needed for successful partnerships.
Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA) Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA) is a youth-led global network of over 7,271 young leaders and adult allies working on youth and HIV/AIDS in over 170 countries world-wide. GYCA's mission is to empower young leaders with the skills, knowledge, resources and opportunities they need to scale up HIV/AIDS interventions amongst their peers.
C/Net Solutions Founded in 1982, C/NET Solutions develops cancer registry software that provides quality data collection, and powerful, reliable, user-friendly abstracting and reporting. C/NET Solutions first distributed its cancer registry software to hospitals in California, then to over 800 facilities across the country through the American College of Surgeons. In 1992 C/NET Solutions launched C/NET, a network-ready software, and began selling it to hospitals and other facilities outside California. CNExT for Windows now serves over 350 cancer registries in over 25 states and provinces across North America.
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 of Public Health, the California Department of Health Care Services and the University of California at Los Angeles Center for Health Policy Research. CHIS data are a critical tool in developing programs and policies to fight health threats such as obesity.
Survey Research Group The Survey Research Group (SRG) conducts population based health-related surveys, using one of the country's most technologically advanced call centers. Since 1987, public health officials, advocates and researchers use the data for: tracking health risks, identifying emerging problems, improving treatment, and evaluating programs. SRG’s mission is to foster health, well-being, and quality of life through rigorous quantitative and qualitative research guided by the principles of equity in health, environment, education and economic context. Read more about SRG's services.
Child Health and Development Studies Child Health and Development Studies (CHDS) investigates how health and disease are passed on between generations--not only genetically, but also through social, personal and environmental surroundings. Nearly 50 years ago, CHDS enrolled over 15,000 families during the mothers' early pregnancy. Families participated in comprehensive interviews about their health, lifestyle and experiences. Follow-up studies CHDS children, now adults, and on their children, enable CHDS scientists to study health across generations and seek ways to prevent disease early in life.
CA4Health CA4Health is a 5-year Community Transformation Grant from the CDC focused on reducing the burden of chronic disease in rural communities throughout California. A collaboration between PHI and the California Department of Public Health, CA4Health provides local county partners with tools, training and guidance to make their communities healthier.  CA4Health’s 4 strategic directions are reducing consumption of sugary beverages, increasing availability of smoke-free housing, creating safe routes to schools, and providing people with chronic disease with skills and resources to manage their illness.
California Environmental Health Tracking Program The California Environmental Health Tracking Program emphasizes the development of spatial analysis and visualization methods that enable state-of-the-art systems for predicting geographically related exposures to environmental hazards and relating those exposures to health indicators.
California Center for Research on Women and Families The California Center for Research on Women and Families (CCRWF), established in November 2000, is the sponsor of the California Working Families Policy Summit and also publishes policy primers to educate policymakers, program providers, and the general public about policy issues affecting women and families in California. CCRWF also directed the CalWORKs/Child Welfare Partnership Project, Linkages.
California Convergence Coordinating Office The California Convergence is a regionally organized, statewide network that unites community leaders and partners to collectively build equitable, safe and healthy communities where everyone participates and prospers.  Convergence is governed and guided by a statewide, community-led steering committee, with administrative, communication, policy and evaluation-related support from PHI’s California Convergence Coordinating Office and statewide partners.