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Susan Watson, MPH

Susan Watson is the Program Director for the CA4Health community of practice to advance chronic disease prevention and health equity across California. She also works on projects with local health departments on accreditation and strategic planning and managed PHI’s Community Transformation Grant Initiative. Her career has prioritized working on issues related to equity, community health, and the elimination of racial and ethnic disparities. Previously, Watson worked at Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP) on asthma disparities, and at the University of California, San Francisco and California Department of Public Health, Sexually Transmitted Control Branch on reproductive health issues. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Bayview Hunters Point Foundation for Community Improvement. Watson holds a master’s in public health from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.


CA4Health covers CTG implementation in 42 California counties with populations under 500,000, of which 12 receive direct funding through sub-awards. PHI and CDPH coordinate technical assistance contractors to work with counties on implementing strategic directions at the local level. CA4Health utilizes PHI's Public Health Data Solutions as a customized online tool for its partners to stay connected, store and share materials, and visualize data.

CA4Health Community of Practice

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.

Castlemont Health Equity Academy 2018-2019

Castlemont High School officially launched their Community Health Equity Academy (CHEA) in 2017. This pathway is rooted in the social determinants of health and integrates public health themes with lived experiences. The California Adolescent Health Collaborative supports CHEA by creating learning and skills application opportunities, managing the Youth Advisory Council (YAC), and providing core support to CHEA teachers for the CHEA curriculum and overall academy efforts.

Capacity Building & Training

With diverse public health programs spanning the globe, PHI understands how strong leadership and organizational management can enhance the success...

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Health Equity & Social Justice

Health is a fundamental human right. But in the U.S. and around the world, people of color, low-income communities, people with disabilities and ot...

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Population Health

Access to high-quality, affordable health care is critical. Yet health is also heavily determined by factors outside the doctor’s office, fro...

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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 tha...

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