PHI and its programs are working rapidly to respond to COVID-19, on local, national and global levels. PHI’s programs are working within and alongside our most-impacted communities, creating a workforce from within impacted neighborhoods, working with trusted messengers and community-based organizations to dismantle barriers to vaccine access, and partnering with private, governmental and philanthropic sectors to bolster efforts.
Because of the speed with which new information, policies and recommendations related to COVID-19 are being updated, we are linking directly to many of our program source materials, and including time stamps so you know how recently information has been updated.
Thirteen major philanthropic foundations have pooled resources to launch Together Toward Health, which connects with community based organizations to expand workforce development opportunities for Californians most impacted by COVID-19, partners with trusted community experts and networks to conduct primary language and culturally grounded outreach, and works with communities to bring down barriers to accessing vaccines. More.
Kaiser Permanente has committed $63 million in grant funding to the Public Health Institute (PHI) to strengthen and support California’s contact tracing efforts in cli/nical settings. PHI’s Tracing Health program, which has successfully deployed contact tracing teams in Oregon and Washington, will pivot to California, where they will embed teams into clinics based in high-need and targeted communities. More.
- See our full list of COVID-19 resources and information.
- See employment opportunities related to COVID-19.
- See resources and strategies for increasing access to vaccines.
For the most updated guidelines on COVID-19 vaccinations, transmission, treatment and protection, visit the CDC website.
Dismantling barriers to vaccine access
Structural and systemic barriers mean that the people who are hardest hit by the pandemic—including Black and brown people, immigrants and essential workers—have less access to vaccines. We know what is working: investing in trusted community experts, organizations and networks, using culturally resonant primary language materials and outreach, and bringing down barriers to accessing vaccines. Explore PHI resources for building better vaccine access in your community.See resources, tools, videos & more
- 10M pieces of personal protective equipment delivered in CA and WA
- 90% of contact tracing hires were bilingual/bi-cultural & community-based
- 85% of contacts notified, letting Clark County open to Phase 2
PHI Experts Working on this Issue:
Lynn Silver, MD, MPH, FAAP
Safely Opening Schools
Lynn Silver, Researcher
California Alliance for Prevention Funding
Lewis Kraus, MPH, MCP
Pacific ADA Center
Center on Disability at the Public Health Institute
Carmen Nevarez, MD, MPH
Senior Vice President External Relations | Director, Center for Health Leadership and Practice,
California Opioid Safety Network
Center for Health Leadership and Practice
Tracy Delaney, PhD, BS
Public Health Alliance of Southern California
Achieving Resilient Communities (ARC)
Susan Watson, MPH
PHI Program Representative to the Board of Directors Program Director,
Together Toward Health
California Adolescent Health Collaborative
Marta Induni, PhD, MA, BA
Research Program Director,
Cancer Registry of Greater California
Survey Research Group
Mary Pittman, DrPH
PHI President and Chief Executive Officer,
Collective Impact Partnership: Increasing the Economic Power of Girls and Women in India
National Opioid Leadership Summit 2019
National Alliance for Health