Health Care & Population Health
Access to high-quality, affordable health care is critical in creating healthier populations. Yet much of what makes people healthy is determined outside the doctor’s office—from housing and safety to education and employment.
That’s why physicians today investigate housing conditions to prevent asthma, why banks invest in childcare centers, and why hospitals address hunger in neighboring communities.
To ensure successful collaboration and better health, PHI brings together a broad cross-section of partners.
PHI programs help align resources, guide strategic investments, and uncover financing and payment mechanisms that make healthcare—and health—accessible, affordable and effective. For everyone.
Advancing the State of the Art in Community Benefit
Alameda County Care Alliance
The Alameda County Care Alliance Advanced Illness Care Program™ (ACCA-AICP) is a faith-based, person-centered, lay care navigation intervention serving predominantly African American adults with advanced illness and their caregivers. The ACCA extends capacity for advanced illness care beyond the traditional health delivery system, bridging the gap between health delivery systems, community organizations and faith-based communities. ACCA care navigators and liaisons come from ACCA churches and address participant needs, provide trusted resources, and empower persons needing advanced illness care and their caregivers in 5 big cornerstones: spiritual, health, advance care planning, social, and caregiving. Originally started with a hub of 5 African American churches, the program has grown to include 12 churches and continues to expand.
Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative(PHI program 2002-2017)
The Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) is a nationally recognized leader in transforming public health practice to advance health equity to create healthier communities. It is a collaborative of public health directors, officers, senior managers and staff from the 11 San Francisco Bay Area health departments and the California Department of Public Health. In 2017, BARHII transitioned its fiscal sponsorship to the Tides Foundation.
Build Healthy Places Network
The Build Healthy Places Network catalyzes and supports collaboration across the health and community development sectors, together working to improve low-income communities and the lives of people living in them.
We achieve our mission by: Connecting leaders, practitioners, investors, and policymakers across sectors through in-person and virtual convenings; managing a clearinghouse that gathers, synthesizes and summarizes research, best practices and models that demonstrate what works at the intersection; and providing capacity-building tools and resources that highlight the health-related value of community development work and encouraging measurement of health-related impact.
CA4Health is a community of practice consisting of people and organizations working to advance chronic disease prevention and health equity in California. CA4Health is forging partnerships, creating opportunities for efforts to be leveraged, building capacity for leadership, providing opportunities and tools to advocate, and facilitating coordinated actions that will enhance, expand, and elevate the participants’ work and efforts statewide. We believe that increased collaboration, fostering non-traditional partnerships, and tackling tough challenges together will create impactful, lasting change in California.
California Health Workforce Alliance
California's current health workforce is composed of more than one million individuals. In order to supplement and replace the retiring professionals with California residents over the next 30 years, CHWA works to educate and develop more than one million new and upcoming healthcare professionals.
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.
Center for Health Leadership and Practice
Today’s public health challenges are complex and rapidly evolving, and call for an innovative approach to leadership development. The mission of the Center for Health Leadership and Practice (CHLP) is to advance health by increasing leaders' capacity to transcend boundaries, work collaboratively and transform their communities. Through the use of blended learning modalities, CHLP leads programs for teams, coalitions, initiatives and professional networks to advance leadership skills and reduce health inequities.
Center for Innovation and Technology in Public Health
CITPH promotes improved quality of health care, reductions in costs, and improved access to public health services through technology-enabled health solutions. CITPH is engaged in research, demonstrations, program evaluation, and dissemination of its findings for practice improvement and informing public policy. CITPH studies and evaluates patient-centered, technology-enabled health care innovations that improve population health, represent cost-effective solutions in low resource settings, and can be deployed on a large scale to drive real systems change.
Center to Advance Community Health & Equity (CACHE)
The Center to Advance Community Health & Equity (CACHE) is housed at the Public Health Institute and has expertise to help nonprofit hospitals, health systems, and other stakeholders translate data into better community investments. CACHE helps users interpret data from Community Benefit Insight, and couple it with existing tools and resources for strategic community benefit implementation.
East Bay Health Workforce Partnership
The East Bay Health Workforce Partnership (EBHWP) is an employer-led effort working closely with community and education leaders to meet the current and future workforce needs of employers, expand opportunity for local residents, and strengthen the economic and social well-being of the East Bay.
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.
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, and the California Strategic Growth Council. Health in All Policies is a collaborative approach to improving population health by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across sectors and policy areas. HiAP is an innovative response to increasingly siloed government structures, rising healthcare costs, growing inequities, and growing awareness of the impact of the social determinants of health.
Health Intervention Projects for Underserved Populations
Health Intervention Projects for Underserved Populations (HIPUP) aims to improve substance abuse and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment research and services for underserved populations, such as transgender persons, Asian and Pacific Islander men who have sex with men (MSM) and substance users. Through collaboration with targeted community members, community-based organizations and public health departments, HIPUP, led by Dr. Tooru Nemoto, strives to have a significant impact on health promotion and human rights for underserved communities locally and internationally.
National Alliance for Health
The National Alliance for Health (NAFH) provides a forum for national public health and health care organization’s senior leadership to dialogue, promote and stimulate actions on critical issues to improve community health, mental health and wellness, and advance health equity for all.
Our goal is to align public health and health care sectors through building a robust cross-sector collaboration and will address the common challenges facing them.
Our purpose is to advance collective action on a common agenda between health care and public health sectors to create healthier, safer and more equitable communities, environments and systems to improve community health.
The NAFH, launched in 2017 as a multi-sectoral community of practice, has now grown to 15 partner organizations who collectively developed a common agenda with seven priority focus areas which will improve the health and wellness of our communities.
NAFH is a program of PHI's Population Health Innovation Lab, and is supported by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Kresge Foundation.
Population Health Innovation Lab (PHIL)
PHI’s Population Health Innovation Lab (PHIL) brings new options for innovation to public health. In the same way that Silicon Valley creates lasting change through new perspectives on old challenges, at PHIL we use new approaches, new technologies, and new partnerships to develop solutions for our communities’ most complex problems—and then share and spread what works.
Working directly with communities in need, PHIL moves beyond the symptoms to address the root issues and the systems at the heart of the challenge. We bring together a wide range of communities, innovators, funders, and public health professionals to use new tools and methodologies in new ways.
At the same time, we also harness the assets PHI has amassed over its 50 years at the forefront of public health: nationally ranked researchers, diverse and proven programs, strong infrastructure, and a wide network of partners.
Public Health Alliance of Southern California
The Public Health Alliance of Southern California (Alliance) is a coalition of the executive leadership in local health departments in Southern California. Collectively our members have statutory responsibility for the health of nearly 50% of California’s population. Our vision is “All Southern California communities are healthy, vibrant and sustainable places to live, work and play.”
The Alliance builds healthy, equitable communities through upstream multi-sector policy, systems and environmental change; and mobilizes and amplifies the Southern California local health departments’ regional voice in three Priority Initiatives: Healthy Neighborhoods; Healthy Food & Water Systems; and Data in Action. The Alliance work is grounded in two overarching frameworks including: 1) Equity and Opportunities for All and 2) Healthy Planet, Healthy People. An additional focus on Public Health and Prevention Infrastructure underlies all of our work.
Public Health Data Solutions
Data is the foundation of sound decision making, especially when tackling complex health issues. Organizations have literally hundreds of thousands of data points available to them, from publicly available data to their own in-house information. Capturing those numbers and translating them into a meaningful story is challenging. Public Health Data Solutions (PHDS) harnesses powerful online technologies that allow organizations to easily collect, manage and share data. PHI leverages decades of experience in improving health outcomes to help clients identify which tools and technologies will provide the greatest impact, integrate these custom solutions into their work and bring their data to life. Read the overview.
QI On Tap: Quality Improvement Onsite Technical Assistance Program
QI On-TAP is a program that was created to provide technical assistance in the area public health accreditation readiness including performance management, quality improvement, strategic planning, community health improvement planning, and workforce development.
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.