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PHI’s Center for Health Leadership and Impact Announces Role as TA Partner for CDC Public Health Infrastructure Grants

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The Public Health Institute’s Center for Health Leadership and Impact (CHLI) will serve as the Region IX hub and technical assistance partner for the CDC’s Public Health Infrastructure Grant, as one of nine regional innovation hubs under the National Network of Public Health Institutes. CHLI will be working with local health departments across Region IX, which includes – California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, and the US Pacific Islands – 22% of all PHIG grantees. CHLI, along with other PHI programs, will focus on recruitment, training, and technical assistance.

Recruitment will focus on creating the next generation of public health leaders through partnerships with schools and programs of public health. To retain and bolster support of the current public health workforce, CHLI will proactively offer training opportunities and develop a customized library of technical assistance, training, and other resources on topics including health equity, racial justice, overdose prevention, environmental justice, community engagement, culture of wellness, and toxic stress.

CHLI will also offer support for organizational development including systems change, culture change, leadership vision, and structural supports. Through these partnerships and offerings, CHLI can transform the public health workforce and support public health professionals across the continuum of experience, from exploring opportunities and launching careers to investing in their continued growth.

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PHI Announces Role as a Hub Partner of the National Network of Public Health Institute

PHI will serve as a regional partner under the Public Health Infrastructure Grant

Oakland, CA — Public Health Institute is proud to announce our role as a regional Hub and Public Health Infrastructure Grant (PHIG) partner. As one of nine Regional Innovation Hubs under the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) Hub Model, PHI, in partnership with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) will provide the technical assistance serving PHIG recipients in Region IX, which includes California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, and the US Pacific Islands.

“We are honored to work alongside partners and provide technical assistance to PHIG recipients. Through this partnership, we can reinvest in local health departments, boost the capacity and skills of public health professionals, and build healthier communities,” explained Karya Lustig, Co-Director of PHI’s Center for Health Leadership & Impact (CHLI).

NNPHI is one of three national partners, alongside the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), leading technical assistance for the 107 PHIG recipients. The grant program is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of an unprecedented $3.84 billion federal Public Health Infrastructure Grant Program (PHIG), aimed at helping public health departments across the United States strengthen their workforce and infrastructure. PHIG funding also gives awards directly to state, local, and territorial health departments to provide the people, services, and systems needed to bolster public health agencies and departments across the country, many of which were severely impacted by the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

“We look forward to helping local health departments continue their important work as they rebuild after the pandemic,” said Carmen R. Nevarez, Co-Director of PHI’s Center for Health Leadership & Impact.

The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) leverages local, state, and regional expertise to support governmental public health agencies. The hub structure maximizes success by leveraging critical assets within the NNPHI network. The hub model is a proven framework that has evolved over 20 years to leverage local expertise, foster public-private partnerships between institutes and governmental public health systems, and foster multi-sector solutions.

“Through a grant provided by CDC, I am honored to announce the official launch of the National Network of Public Health Institutes’ (NNPHI) Innovation hub model. These Hubs are responsible for supporting the needs of our nation’s public health departments working on the national Public Health Infrastructure Grant efforts,” says Vincent Lafronza, NNPHI President and Chief Executive Officer.

“Some of the nine Hubs also work with Spokes, which are institutes in neighboring jurisdictions who have expertise and relationships in other states and territories. Working together as a unit, the Hub and Spoke model enables strong coverage of all US jurisdictions. We are all committed to working in harmony so that together we mobilize innovation, leverage local knowledge and relationships, share resources, reduce duplication of effort, and provide sustainable, technical supports that result in substantially strengthened public health capacities available to every US community.”

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This work is supported by funds made available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Center for STLT Public Health Infrastructure and Workforce, through OE22-2203: Strengthening U.S. Public Health Infrastructure, Workforce, and Data Systems grant. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.


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