— Public Health Institute Values

"Health is a fundamental human right. Just societies ensure equitable health outcomes for everyone."

About Us

Our Mission

To advance health by increasing the capacity of leaders to transcend boundaries, work collaboratively, and transform their communities.

Our Strategy

Today's public health challenges are complex, rapidly evolving, and call for a new approach to leadership development. Our strategy moves leadership training towards strengthening the capacity of individuals and groups to work together and transform their communities into healthier environments.

  • Meeting people where they are and leveraging existing strengths
  • Ensuring communities have an authentic voice in shaping their health and well-being
  • Cultivating networks between public health leaders and other fields of expertise like urban planning, education, and transportation
  • Strengthening coalitions to address the root causes of health inequities in their communities
  • Building the capacity for policies that support healthy communities

The Center

The Center for Health Leadership and Practice began in 1991 with our first program, the National Public Health Leadership Institute, which trained senior health officers for over twenty years. Since then, we have expanded and diversified to stay on the cutting edge of public health and leadership trends.

Since 2011, the Center has been under the direction of Carmen R. Nevarez, MD, MPH, vice president of external relations for the Public Health Institute and past president of the American Public Health Association.

The Center is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, National Association of City and County Health Officials, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The California Endowment, Kaiser, and Y-USA.

Current projects include team-based leadership academies, consulting, and the leadership learning network.