CA Convergence
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Partnership for the Public's Health

  • A Vision to Transform Health and Social Equity in CA and the US: 

    PPH Mission & Theory of Change 

    Strong community resident leadership and a robust network of local collaborative can generate the “tipping capacity” to create health and social equity in California and elsewhere in the U.S.

    © 2010


California Convergence

Healthy Eating, Active Communities

  • As part of a comprehensive, multi-sector approach to improving children’s environments for health, HEAC coalitions included school districts as core partners, with local health departments and community based organizations. This brief outlines challenges, opportunities and key considerations for working with and within schools to improve nutrition and physical activity environments for children. ©2007
  • HEAC demonstration sites included three core, funded partners, and received sector-specific as well as more general technical assistance, coaching and support. This midpoint lessons learned report from the HEAC program diagrams the structure of the demonstration sites and the technical support provided, and presents success and lessons emerging at the midpoint of the program. ©2007
  • Several HEAC sites found Photovoice to be a powerful tool in the hands of youth, to advocate for healthier environments. This brief describes key features of an effective and empowering Photovoice youth program, and lists resources that will help you get started. ©2009
  • As part of a comprehensive, multi-sector approach to improving children’s environments for health, HEAC coalitions work with after- and out-of-school programs for children and youth. This brief outlines challenges and opportunities, when working to improve nutrition and physical activity environments for children in after school settings. ©2009
  • When local residents get involved in policy and systems change to create healthier food and physical activity environments, communities begin to truly reflect the vision, needs, and possibilities of the people who live there. This brief offers lessons for effectively engaging and including community residents, from the HEAC and CCROPP programs.

Partnership for the Public’s Health Initiative

  • Forging the local partnerships between community groups and local health departments that formed the essential foundation for change in the PPH Initiative required engaging residents, sharing power, and cultivating a common culture. This midpoint report describes the strategies undertaken to build effective partnerships, on the way to powerful, respectful collaboration. It concludes with systems and policy recommendations to support this Community Based Public Health approach to addressing the social determinants of health. ©2004
  • The Partnership for the Public’s Health Initiative pioneered efforts to build partnerships between communities and public health agencies in California, to improve the environments for community health. This final report presents the key elements of this groundbreaking initiative, how it was implemented, and key learnings about the potential and impact of this approach.

  • This independent evaluation of the PPH Initiative, conducted four years after its conclusion, focuses on sites that successfully sustained elements of their PPH collaboration. It identifies best practices for sustainability of a community partnership approach to public health.

Public Health Departments Addressing Chronic Disease

  • These case studies were prepared as background for a conference, Chronic Disease Prevention in Local Health Departments: The Challenge of the 21st Century, co-sponsored by the California Conference of Local Health Officers (CCLHO ) and the County Health Executives Association of California (CHEAC). They look at the strategies adopted by seven local health departments working to address chronic disease effectively, in an era in which categorical funding and other challenges work against optimal organizational structures and practices.