The California Alliance of Academics and Communities for Public Health Equity

The California Alliance of Academics and Communities for Public Health Equity (the Alliance) is a new statewide policy, training, and research collaboration. We aim to amplify the voice of schools and programs of public health in partnership with communities disproportionately impacted by health disparities in order to build a common agenda, to grow a workforce dedicated to advancing health equity and to catalyze substantive policy change.


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The California Academic Health Department

The California Academic Health Department (CAHD) project, a program of Public Health Institute’s Center for Health Leadership and Impact is working closely with local health departments to build a stronger public health workforce through a pipeline of diverse public health graduates into LHDs. CAHD will expand and deepen connections between Alliance SPPHs and LHDs through 4 core activities: (1) full-time one-year post graduate residencies; (2) student internships; (3) providing professional support and development; and (4) exchanges of faculty from Alliance SPPHs and LHDs.

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A Comprehensive, Community-Driven COVID Response

PHI’s Together Toward Health (TTH) is a statewide initiative that supports over 500 community-based organizations (CBOs) that work on reducing the spread of COVID-19 in California's most impacted communities. Since launching in 2020, TTH has disbursed over $33 million to CBOs like churches, health centers, community centers, local coalitions and more—who then serve as trusted experts for COVID-19 education, testing and vaccination access in their communities.

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