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Coalition & Network Building

Building strong coalitions and networks is essential to solving today’s pressing public health issues. The Public Health Institute (PHI) can help you identify, engage, and manage these partnerships while fostering collaboration across organizations, agencies, and sectors. PHI brings extensive experience helping local and state coalitions create strategic plans and identify common causes and shared goals. PHI staff can facilitate large, statewide collaborative groups of more than 150 members, as well as smaller, action-oriented teams—both online and off.

With more than a decade of experience, PHI has created and supported successful coalition and networks to advance a myriad of local, national and global public health goals, including: state and federal health care reform, pioneering a "health in all policies" approach, addressing climate change, and advancing violence prevention efforts.

Our expertise includes:

  • Strategic partnership consultation and outreach: PHI can help you to decide on the right collection of stakeholders to bring to the table—researching the landscape, identifying shared goals and common interests among partners or sectors, and developing a concrete plan for engagement. 

  • Coalition growth and management: From establishing collective goals, to identifying roles and responsibilities, we can help you to engage partners in long-term, meaningful collaboration to advance your coalition's objectives, and offer services to support and facilitate group decision-making. We can also help you sunset existing collaboration efforts and reconfigure network participation to meet changing goals.

  • Customized activities based on group need: Our trainers are well-versed in a breadth of public health issues and strategies, and can provide custom-tailored training sessions based on need and interest.

  • Web forum hostingOur online communications network, Dialogue4Health, has hosted hundreds of web forums for thousands of participants, on a wide variety of health, public health and other issues. You decide the issue; our team will host, facilitate, and organize the forum, including sharing it with their engaged audience of twenty thousand previous participants, helping build your visibility and network.


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Resources and Tools

Experts

Kevin Barnett

Kevin Barnett is a Senior Investigator at the Public Health Institute.  He has led research and fieldwork in hospital community benefit and he...

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Julia Caplan

Julia Caplan, MPP, MPH, is the project lead for the Health in All Policies Task Force, which is a collaborative project between the Public Health I...

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Michael Dimock

Michael R. Dimock, president of Roots of Change Fund (ROC), is a national food movement organizer and thought leader on food and farming systems ne...

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Elizabeth Emerson

Elizabeth Emerson is co-investigator of the Health Spectrum Program and the Smoke-Free International Program. She received the Humanitari...

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Joel Ervice

Joel Ervice is the associate director of Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP), which works to reduce the burden of asthma through clini...

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Alene Gelbard

Alene H. Gelbard, Ph.D., founded and directs ACCESS-Health Worldwide (ACCESS-HW), a program of the Public Health Institute (PHI). ACCESS-HW has dev...

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Mario Gutierrez

Mario Gutierrez is director of the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP). Gutierrez brings more than 30 years of experience in California&...

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Genoveva Islas

Genoveva Islas, MPH, directs Cultiva La Salud, which works to address poor nutrition and physical inactivity in the San Joaquin Valley by creating ...

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Douglas Jutte

Douglas Jutte is a pediatrician and population health researcher. His research interests focus on the impact of social determinants of health on ch...

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Tomás A. Magaña

Tomás A. Magaña, M.D., M.A., F.A.A.P. founded and directs the FACES for the Future Coalition, and leads national dissemination of the...

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Carmen Nevarez

Carmen Nevarez, MD, MPH, is PHI's vice president for external relations, preventive medicine advisor and director of the Center for Health...

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Denise Raquel Dunning

Dr. Denise Raquel Dunning is a powerful advocate for girls and women. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Rise Up, which advances health, ...

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Linda Rudolph

Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH, is the Director of the Center for Climate Change and Health at PHI. She also provides consultation to local jurisdictions t...

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Lynn Silver

Lynn Silver is a senior advisor at PHI for chronic disease and obesity as well as the director of PHI's California Project LEAN. She works to e...

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Bethany Young Holt

Dr. Bethany Young Holt is the Director and Co-Founder of the IMPT (Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies), the Executive Director of ...

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Programs

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 hea...

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California Convergence Coordinating Office

The California Convergence is a regionally organized, statewide network that unites community leaders and partners to collectively build equit...

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California Project LEAN

California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition) is a program of the Public Health Institute. It works to advance nutrition and...

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CAMI Health / The Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies

As Secretariat of the Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (IMPT), CAMI Health leads a global, product neutral collaboration that ad...

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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 an...

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Cultiva La Salud

As an initiative of the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH), Cultiva La Salud works in Fresno, Kern and Stanislaus counti...

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Dialogue4Health

Dialogue4Health (D4H), a project of PHI, is a community that conceives, builds and shares strategies to improve the public's health. D4H p...

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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, a...

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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 co...

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Roots of Change

Roots of Change (ROC) is a think tank-and-do tank working to ensure emergence of a sustainable food system in California. ROC provides road maps to...

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Here's How We're Making a Difference

Building Powerful Alliances to Spur Action on Climate Change

With a powerful track record for engaging partners and building capacity to address public health issues, PHI is working to foster public health and health sector leadership on climate change. An accredited NGO at the United Nations, PHI works to build attention to the links between climate change and health in international meetings and negotiations.

As the host of the Center for Climate Change and Health, PHI serves as the host of the U.S. Climate and Health Alliance, a network of health and public health practitioners working to address the climate impact on health, providing up-to-date resources on health and climate change and a forum for public health professionals to communicate and engage on climate solutions. The U.S. Climate and Health Alliance is the U.S. affiliate of the Global Climate and Health Alliance that brings together health advocates on climate change from around the world.

Creating Healthier Cities in California

PHI’s Center for Civic Partnerships ran the California Healthy Cities Project (CHCP), the largest and longest running statewide program of its kind in the U.S. CHCP worked with hundreds of local leaders and city governments to improve their communities in the areas of safety, healthy aging, nutrition and physical activity and more. CHCP received the National Coalition Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

 

Moving AHEAD Through Collaboration

PHI’s Kevin Barnett helps to lead the national Alignment for Health Equity and Development (AHEAD) initiative, which brings together community development institutions, hospitals, businesses and public health agencies to work collaboratively and align resources to improve community health.