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Public Policy Development

The Public Health Institute believes in the importance of research- and community-based approaches to policy development. PHI produces forward-thinking research to support the public health perspective as it relates to many of the most complex policy challenges facing the nation today, including: agriculture and nutrition, transportation planning, climate change, economic development, obesity prevention, healthy communities, telehealth and health information technology, and alcohol, tobacco and substance use. At the same time, we are committed to advancing community-backed solutions to public health issues.

PHI's approach to analyzing public health policies is centered on an understanding of the social determinants of health, the importance of prevention, engagement of all stakeholders, creation of political will, and the advancement of public health through policies that yield equitable solutions. PHI uses policy and advocacy to promote health and improve social determinants of healthin California, across the country, and internationally. In addition to advocating for policies that promote public health, PHI advances cross-cutting, inter-sectoral, and emerging public health policy opportunities, including climate change and environmental health, community benefit policy, and population health implications legislation.

Our expertise includes:

  • Research: We are available to help you research existing relevant health policies to build on what's working, or launch a new policy initiative.
  • Coalition and network building: Work with us to decide the right of stakeholders to bring to the table to draft and develop public policy. We are also available to facilitate and support group discussion and long-term collaborative efforts.
  • Community-based policy development: PHI can help you connect with impacted residents, local business owners, and on-the-ground organizations to develop community-driven legislation to improve health outcomes. 
  • Policy proposal and formulation: PHI experts are also available to draft and provide input on potential public health policies. 

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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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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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Sue Grinnell

Sue Grinnell, MPH, is Director of Business Strategy and Technology at PHI's Population Health Innovation Lab (PHIL). Grinnell joins PHI wi...

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Teh-wei Hu

Teh-wei Hu, PhD, is director of PHI's Center for International Tobacco Control. Hu's areas of expertise are the application of econometrics...

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Anne Kelsey Lamb

Anne Kelsey Lamb, MPH, is the director of Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP) and its principal investigator. Serving as director sinc...

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Matthew Marsom

As Vice President for Public Policy and Programs for the Public Health Institute (PHI), Matthew works to advance and support the work of the o...

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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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Gina Solomon

Gina Solomon is a Principal Investigator at PHI, researching environmental health and chemical policy issues. She is specifically evaluating how Ca...

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Programs

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&n...

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CA4Health

CA4Health is a community of practice consisting of people and organizations working to advance chronic disease prevention and health equity in Cali...

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California Center for Research on Women and Families

The California Center for Research on Women and Families (CCRWF), established in November 2000, is the sponsor of the California Working Families P...

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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 Health Interview Survey

The California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), the nation's largest state health survey, is a collaboration of PHI, the California Department o...

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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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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 system...

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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 Toba...

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Center for Technology and Aging

The Center for Technology and Aging (CTA) serves as a national resource for the development, implementation, demonstration and evaluation of patien...

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Center for Wellness and Nutrition

The Public Health Institute Center for Wellness and Nutrition recognizes the connections among local community environments, poor diet, physic...

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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 ap...

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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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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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Health Spectrum Program

Using a multi-dimensional emphasis that encompasses geographical, age, gender, socio-economic status, and race and ethnicity categories, the Health...

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Public Health Alliance of Southern California

The Public Health Alliance of Southern California is a collaboration of leaders from Southern California local health departments, which are statut...

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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

Ensuring Strong Health Measures in the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan

In response the Governor Brown’s 2015 executive order on reducing emissions from the freight sector, the California Air Resources Board and several other state agencies collaborated to develop the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan, released in July 2016. The Plan outlines a wide range of strategies that, in the long term, can transform the freight system.

As part of the California Cleaner Freight Coalition, PHI's Regional Asthma Management and Prevention program (RAMP) joined partners from across the state to advocate for strong, protective health measures in the Plan. In the months ahead, RAMP intends to help shape its implementation to continue their commitment to healthy, clean air for all.

Expanding Telehealth Services in California

Recommendations by PHI’s Center for Connected Health Policy became the blueprint for California’s Telehealth Advancement Act of 2011. The act removes barriers, allowing the use of digital technologies to deliver a variety of health services. This can speed treatment for patients, eliminate the need for patient travel, improve communication among providers and lead to better care at a lower cost.

 

 

Turning Cutting-Edge Tobacco Research into Sound Health Policy

PHI’s Center for International Tobacco Control (CITC) called for a 1-yuan (US $0.15) cigarette tax increase in China after its research projected that this would cause 4 million smokers to quit and save 1 million lives. CITC’s recommendation was adopted by the WHO, the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Bank.