Mission: To promote research, leadership, and partnerships that contribute to strong public health policy, programs, systems, and practices.
About the Organization: Founded in 1964, the Public Health Institute believes that health is a fundamental human right and that just societies must ensure equitable health outcomes for all. With a focus on the disparities in health outcomes for people of color, low-income communities, and people with disabilities, PHI aims to build more equitable health systems through policy reforms and change at the community level. To that end, the organization works to strengthen public health engagement, leadership, systems, services, and research; advance sustainable global health solutions; and advocate for policies that address the social determinants of health.
Current Programs: PHI's more than two hundred programs span a range of focus areas, including alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and mental health; capacity building and leadership; chronic disease prevention; communicable disease prevention; data, technology, and innovation; disability issues; environmental health; global health; health care and population health; healthy communities; services and systems research; and women, youth, and children. The organization's policy and advocacy work is focused on obesity prevention, climate change, and health reform; federal/state legislation, regulations, and budgeting processes that affect public health; and policy reforms that address the social determinants of health.
Website: Visitors to the PHI site can download informational brochures about the organization's focus areas, learn more about its programs and projects, keep abreast of developments via its blog, search for publications and other resources, and/or make a donation.
Funding: The Public Health Institute is funded by individuals, foundations, universities, and federal and state governments.