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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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