Women, Youth & Children
Policies and programs to support youth, children and women unlock economic advancement, educational opportunity and better health for communities around the globe.
PHI addresses issues such as childhood obesity, asthma, and sexual and reproductive health.
PHI has worked for a half century to empower women, youth and girls through research, advocacy, leadership programs, and organizational and professional development.
Known for dynamic leadership in improving the health of women, children and youth, our work focuses on uncovering health disparities, understanding their causes and addressing them through evidence-based solutions.
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.
Berkeley Media Studies Group
Berkeley Media Studies Group (BMSG) 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.
California Center for Research on Women and Families(PHI program 2000-2016)
The California Center for Research on Women and Families (CCRWF), established in November 2000, was the sponsor of the California Working Families Policy Summit and published 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. This program ended in 2016.
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.
CAMI Health is an organization dedicated to improving the health of women and girls worldwide. With sixteen years of related experience, we address complex global health problems impacting women and their families by building and leading learning networks. As network leader, CAMI Health fosters collaborations, manages knowledge, and sets priorities for action. CAMI Health exemplifies this mechanism serving as Secretariat to the Initiative for MPTs (IMPT), a network built to advance the field of multipurpose prevention technologies, or MPTs. MPTs are an innovative class of products that deliver varied combinations of HIV prevention, other STI prevention, and contraception and have the potential to improve the lives of women and girls worldwide.
Looking ahead, CAMI Health aims to build on this successful learning network model to create programmatic sustainability and continue to advocate for women and girls to live healthy, happy lives. This could include CAMI Health’s expansion into other critical areas supportive of women and girls’ empowerment and sexual and reproductive health.
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Center for Collaborative Planning
The Center for Collaborative Planning (CCP) advances health and social justice through community building and grassroots leadership development. CCP offers training and technical assistance on core community change processes, including collaboration, community engagement, asset-based community development, participatory strategic planning, popular education and group facilitation.
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 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.
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 approach to help community members gain access to healthy food, beverages and safe spaces to be physically active. Central to CCROPP's work, the leadership training program (Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Leadership Program) worked closely with local residents to help them gain the critical skills and tools to take on leadership roles and help to create healthier communities.vAs a regional initiative, CCROPP brought together public health departments, community based organizations and grassroots community members to work together in addressing the policy, system and environmental factors that contribute to obesity and obesity related illnesses. CCROPP's many local successes include changing local ordinances to allow for the establishment of farmer’s markets and unlocking school gates for physical activity.
CCROPP work now lives on through Cultiva La Salud.
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.
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.
Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA)
The Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA) was a youth-led global network of over 800 young people and adult allies working on youth and HIV/AIDS in over 170 countries worldwide. GYCA's mission was to empower young leaders with the skills, knowledge, resources and opportunities they need to scale up HIV/AIDS interventions amongst their peers.
GYCA closed on July 31, 2016. To learn more about the closure, read the Closing Letter. GYCA's most recent tools, resources, and publications are available on its website until January 2017. After January 2017, they will remain available here.
GOJoven International 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.
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.
Health Spectrum Program
Using a multi-dimensional emphasis that encompasses geographical, age, gender, socio-economic status, and race and ethnicity categories, the Health Spectrum Program provides issue and policy analysis and reporting; project/program and policy evaluation; training; technical assistance for statewide disease prevention and other health initiatives; and capacity building. The Health Spectrum Program focuses on children's health; health disparities; chronic disease prevention; wellness for leaders and decision-makers; and tobacco-free hospital campuses and patient treatment policies.
Network for a Healthy California, Supplemental Nutrition Education Program Education (PHI program 1997-2015)
PHI partnered 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. Beginning in 1997, PHI was 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. This work transitioned in 2015 to PHI's Center for Wellness and Nutrition.
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.
PHI’s Rise Up activates women and girls to transform their lives, families, and communities through investment in local solutions, strengthening leadership, and building movements. Since 2009, Rise Up’s powerful network of over 500 leaders has directly benefited 7 million girls, youth, and women, advocating for over 100 laws and policies impacting 115 million people in Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and the US.
Rise Up unifies the power of PHI’s Let Girls Lead, Youth Champions Initiative, and Champions for Change to benefit 115 million girls, youth, and women globally. These initiatives all leverage our proven model for enabling visionary leaders and local organizations to lead large-scale change that improves the lives of girls and women. We advance exponential change by strengthening leadership, investing in local solutions, and building movements.
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.
Additional PHI Projects
- Advanced Learning Project, Phase II
- Bridging the Gap: Community Obesity Measures Project
- California Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review
- Champions for Change
- Chemical Analysis for Longitudinal Research Study
- Chicago Tobacco Flavor Ban Evaluation
- Evaluation of Women's Health Innovation Program in Liberia, Bangladesh and Brazil
- Healthy Living Fellowship Initiative
- Healthy Schools for Healthy Kids
- Improving the Reach and Effectiveness of Local Public Health Systems in Preventing, Screening for and Treating Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- India Team Management
- Integrating Reproductive Health into Global Health
- Leadership for Women's Health
- Let Girls Lead
- Let’s Move Support
- Mainstreaming Gender in National HIV Strategies and Plans: From Evidence to Action
- Maintaining US Leadership in International Reproductive Health
- Minority Training Program, Summer Institute for Careers in Cancer Control Research
- NCD Conference: A Focus on Outcomes
- Newborn Sickle Cell Screening Program
- Online Leadership Training for SAF Grantee Organizations
- Prenatal Organochlorine Metabolites, Thyroid Function and Development
- Preventive Physical and Oral Health Care Utilization Use between Mother and Child in Low-Income Populations
- Protecting California Families from "Take-Home" Lead Exposure
- Public Health Delivery and Cost Studies in the San Joaquin Valley of California
- Re-Entry Women and Employment Initiative
- Survey for Lucile Packard Foundation
- The UCSF Pregnancy Exposures to Environmental Chemicals Children’s Center
- Transforming Contraception to Expand Access and Choice
- What Works for Women & Girls: Evidence for HIV-AIDS Interventions Health Policy Project
- Women’s Health in California: A Time for Change
- YOUTH Health Infor(u)m: Promoting Youth Health Through Health Policy Information Sharing