Public Health Systems, Services & Research
Today’s public health systems are challenged to do more with fewer resources. Strengthening public health systems, services and research is fundamental to the Public Health Institute’s mission. PHI promotes best practices for local public health capacity and speeds the transmission of knowledge to practice. It also fosters the appropriate use of evidence- and population-based health approaches and cross-sector readiness to utilize emerging data.
PHI advocates a “health in all policies” approach in all areas of government while helping to build state and local public health departments capable of addressing myriad and complex challenges.
Supported by a diverse group of funders, PHI offers technical expertise on a broad range of public health systems issues.
Advancing the State of the Art in Community Benefit
Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative
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.
At BARHII, lessons learned are shared and strategies and resources developed; committees focus on data, community engagement, built environment, social determinants of health, structural racism and building health departments’ capacity.
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 Environmental Health Tracking Network Program
The California Environmental Health Tracking Network 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 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.
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.
Cancer Registry of Greater California
PHI assists the California Department of Public Health, Cancer Surveillance and Research Branch with the administration of the California Cancer Registry for California Regions 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7/10. These regions comprise the Cancer Registry of Greater California (CRGC) and geographically cover the entire state except for Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area and Central Coast regions. Registry operations include collecting, processing and compiling cancer data. PHI also uses the data to support regional cancer surveillance and cancer control activities.
Center for Health Leadership and Practice
Today's public health challenges are complex and rapidly evolving, and they call for a new approach to leadership development. The Center for Health Leadership and Practice (CHLP) brings leaders together to improve population health in their communities. Using diverse strategies, we lead programs for teams, coalitions, initiatives and professional networks. Current and previous partners include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The California Endowment, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and Kaiser Permanente Community Benefits Southern California.
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.
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, critical appraisal, and appropriate use of social science theory, research evidence, and rigorous scientific inquiry.
DBTAC: Pacific ADA Center
The Pacific ADA Center (Pacific Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center - DBTAC) 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.
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.
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.
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.
Public Health Trust
The Public Health Trust (PHT) works with private attorneys, government agencies and public health organizations interested in using litigation settlement funds to improve public health. PHT manages settlement funds with a focus on transparency and accountability. PHT grantees address a wide range of public health issues from marketing of food, tobacco products, exposure to toxic substances, medication access, and air and water quality.
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.
Survey Research Group
The Survey Research Group (SRG) specializes in conducting population based health-related surveys, using one of the most technologically advanced call centers in the country. Since 1987, public health officials, advocates and researchers use the data for a variety of purposes: 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.
Additional PHI Projects
- 2013 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps Project
- Accreditation Support Initiative for Public Health Departments
- Affordable Care Act Consulting
- Assessing the Impact of a Health in All Policies Approach on Latino Health Disparities in California
- Assessing the Impact of Health Information Technology and Meaningful Use Requirements on State and Local H
- California Cancer Registry Collaboration with Saskatchewan Cancer Agency
- California Cancer Registry: Core Operations 2007-2012
- California Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review
- California's Participation in the Center's for Disease Control & Prevention National Cancer Prevention and Control Program
- Cancer Care Delivery in Medicaid
- Cancer Surveillance Support for Process Improvement
- Climate Change Educational Materials for Public Health Staff
- Collaborative Efforts in Health Equity
- Collaborative Efforts in Health Equity
- Data Analysis Research Support to UC Davis Cancer Center
- Enhancing Cancer Registry Data for Comparative Effectiveness Research
- Health Impact Assessment of Cap and Trade Regulations
- Hospital Pricing and the Uninsured: Do Fair Pricing Regulations or Subsidies Matter?
- Improving Respirator Programs in Acute Care California Hospitals
- Integrating Reproductive Health into Global Health
- Mobility of Health Professionals and Impact on National Health Systems
- Mobilizing Care Delivery in Sacramento in the Era of Health Reform Convening
- National Campaign on the Dangers of Lead in Mexican-style Candy
- Preventive Physical and Oral Health Care Utilization Use between Mother and Child in Low-Income Populations
- Structural Racism and Public Health
- Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) 2010-2017
- Technology-Enabled Innovation and Integration of Care
- Toolkit for Respirator Evaluation in Acute Care Hospitals
- UC Davis Cancer Center Support Grant
- Validation of PROMIS in Diverse Cancer Populations
- Webinar Series: Using OSHPD Data to Assess Changes in the Healthcare Delivery System
- Women’s Health in California: A Time for Change