Institute for Public Health Innovation
1301 Connecticut Avenue NW
Suite 200
Washington DC 20036
Mission Statement

The Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI) creates partnerships across sectors and cultivates innovative solutions that improve health and well-being for all populations and communities across Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Maryland, particularly those most affected by health inequities.

CEO/Executive Director Mr. Michael Rhein
Board Chair Dr. Jeffrey Levi
Board Chair Company Affiliation George Washington University
Contact Information
Address 1301 Connecticut Avenue NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone 202 747-3512
Fax 202 747-3513
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2013
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $3,523,046.00
Projected Expenses $3,523,046.00
Additional Documents
Registration with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) for a solicitation permit requires the submission of an audit or certified financial report. Because we have just completed our first year as an independent organization, we will begin our first independent audit soon. Once FY2016 is completely closed out, we will have a certified financial report, and will be able to complete our solicitation application at that point. We anticipate that process will be complete by September 2016.

The Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI) creates partnerships across sectors and cultivates innovative solutions that improve health and well-being for all populations and communities across Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Maryland, particularly those most affected by health inequities.


IPHI has firmly established itself as a regional public health institute and now has an operating budget of $3M and 33 staff. 

Through its Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Campaign, IPHI provides free technical assistance and training to help municipal leaders in municipalities in Virginia and Maryland adopt policies that improve their physical activity and food environments. Close to 50 cities, towns, and counties have joined the campaign by passing a resolution containing a HEAL policy agenda. Of those, 60% have passed subsequent policies. Policies have focused on streetscapes, healthy vending, transportation, food systems, and other areas.   
IPHI has trained over 300 community health workers (CHWs) in our region, and through our own projects have created over 30 jobs (mostly full-time) for CHWs. Enrolled over 1,200 in CHW-based services for chronic diseases.
IPHI has established a partnership with the Virginia Department of Health to co-facilitate the statewide CHW Advisory Group.  We are providing technical support for the creation of a statewide CHW Association. 
IPHI has partnered with the Richmond City Health Department to take over administration of their CHW program that serves residents of public housing communities.

IPHI is providing technical assistance to Richmond City to adopt an all-governmental health in all policies (HiAP) framework for decision-making across City departments in order to promote population health and health equity. In the next year, we will assist the City to pass a local ordinance to institutionalize HiAP, train staff in HiAP, and create an interdepartmental team to oversee implementation.


Our top needs include:

  1. General operating support
  2. Communications capacity
  3. Resource development capacity
  4. Research and evaluation capacity
  5. Practicum students

Across the country, public health institutes have a unique and important role in their communities, serving as cross-cutting nonprofit resource organizations that work in partnership with a broad range of partners to improve community health. While 44 such institutes exist across the country, the VA-DC-MD region lacked a public health institute until 2009, when a group of stakeholders including local government, philanthropy, community-based leaders and others endorsed the launch of an institute. Subsequently, the National Network of Public Health Institutes, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States provided seed funding. Underscoring the need for a public health institute, IPHI has grown to an operating budget of over $3M/year and 33 staff members in the less than five years since its launch.

IPHI is designed to serve as a neutral convener, facilitator and catalyst that works across the many sectors that have roles to play in producing health. Key IPHI activities include designing, implementing and evaluating innovative initiatives to address health disparities; partnering with, and providing technical support to, government and community organizations to achieve population health goals; and developing the community health workforce.

As of July 2015, IPHI officially separated from Commonhealth Action and now exists as a separate organization.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
In addition to serving the Commonwealth of Virginia, we also serve the District of Columbia and Maryland.
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Jeffrey Levi
Company Affiliation George Washington University
Term Apr 2017 to June 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu Fairfax County Health Department
Jeffrey Cribbs Sr.Richmond Memorial Health Foundation (VA)
Dr. Michael Horberg Executive Director of Research and Community Benefit, Kaiser Permanente
Dr. Jeffrey Levi Executive Director, Trust for America's Health
Margaret O'Bryon Accelerating Change Group
Michael Rhein MPAPresident and CEO, IPHI
Alicia Wilson Executive Director, La CLinica del Pueblo
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 3
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Michael Rhein

Michael has worked on the local, regional and national levels to improve the public’s health, with a particular focus on providing strategic support to communities so they can strengthen their service systems and develop effective policy and programs to eliminate health inequities. Throughout his career, he has served in intermediary roles, helping to translate public and private resources into practical support for communities. This has involved collaborating with the Federal Government, large private foundations such as W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Ford Foundation, national corporations, state and local health departments, local foundations, academia and a host of other partners across the country.

Michael helped launch IPHI beginning in 2009, moving into the role of its first full-time President & CEO in January 2013. Prior to joining IPHI, Michael served for nine years with the National AIDS Fund (NAF), most recently as Vice President of Programs. During his tenure, NAF’s annual grantmaking to communities nearly quadrupled to over $7 million with the launch of multiple major national initiatives to address key challenges in the modern HIV/AIDS epidemic.
From 1996 – 2001, Michael managed grantmaking and technical assistance activities for W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s National Program Office of the Turning Point: Collaborating for a New Century in Public Health initiative, based at NACCHO. Turning Point included 41 diverse local sites – from New York City to communities in Alaska – engaged in collaborative strategic planning and action to create more responsive, community-based public health systems.
Michael has served on several local nonprofit boards in the Washington area and was selected for the inaugural class of the Non-Profit Roundtable of Greater Washington’s Future Executive Directors Fellowship Program in 2008. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University.
Full Time Staff 38
Part Time Staff 7
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes

HEAL Cities and Towns provides free technical assistance to local elected officials to assist them in adopting ordinances and other policies that support their residents in increasing their physical activity, increasing their consumption of healthy foods and to support municipal employees in being healthy. 

Description IPHI provides regional leadership in expanding the community health workforce. CHWs are trained community members with a trusting and often unique relationship with the community served.  They often serve as links between community residents and the health care system.  IPHI has established a regional Center for the Community Health Workforce to support the growth of this important aspect of the public health and health care workforce.  IPHI develops and provides training for CHWs, their supervisors and health systems interested in utilizing them.  IPHI also assists partners in developing models of care and health promotion that incorporate CHWs.  IPHI is working with VDH to develop standards for CHWs, including scope of practice, competencies, training opportunities, and sustainability.
Description IPHI supports communities in conducting community health (needs) assessments and creating evidence-based community health improvement plans. We also serve as a backbone organization to assure effective implementation of those plans with diverse stakeholders. Our work is based on the principles of evidence-based public health, health equity, community engagement and social determinants of health.
Description Health in All Policies (HiAP) is defined as a collaborative approach to improving the health of all people by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across sectors and policy areas.  HiAP focuses on community health, health equity and sustainability as important and intersecting aspects of decision-making. IPHI supports partners in utilizing this framework to achieve greater impact through improved collaboration, efficiency, equity and effectiveness.  IPHI works with individual organizations, as well as with local governments to develop all-governmental HiAP policies and strategies.
Description IPHI provides training and workshops to organizations, communities, coalitions and others on how to effectively advance health equity and social determinants of health.  Our curriculum increases awareness of health inequities, social determinants of health, the impact of systems of discrimination on health, community-based participatory approaches and evidence-based/informed strategies to promote health equity.  We also provide in-depth technical assistance and capacity building for organizations that are interested in reassessing their organizational policies, practices, programs and services to assure they are all aligned with their commitment to health equity.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $3,523,046.00
Projected Expenses $3,523,046.00
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$977,953$1,693,766$2,150,477
Individual Contributions$1,204,905$1,423,027$3,155,515
Investment Income, Net of Losses$9,299--$105,246
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind$30,841$7,286--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$2,555,661$4,499,072$5,303,831
Administration Expense$541,141$927,954$829,008
Fundraising Expense$0$0--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.070.841.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%83%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,425,920$2,281,870$3,136,955
Current Assets$1,417,877$1,944,996$2,731,614
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$564,008$1,125,341$1,122,575
Total Net Assets$861,912$1,156,529$2,014,380
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.511.732.43
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Foundation Comments
  •  - CHAIHPI is an initiative of Commonhealth ACTION, but is transitioning to an independent 501(c)(3) organization.
  • Financial information on this tab prior to 2014 is reflective of Commonhealth ACTION, inclusive of IHPI.
  • Financial information provided by audited financial statements.
  • Form 990 and Audit prepared by Ribis, Jones & Maresca, P.A.