Leadership at the Intersections of Health

The Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI) provides leadership at the intersections of health by working across disciplines and sectors to develop, support, implement, and evaluate creative strategies to improve the public's health. With a focus on Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, IPHI strives to improve the public's health by providing a nexus for trans-disciplinary collaboration that promotes health, reduces chronic disease, and builds community capacity to sustain progress. IPHI is one of the newest institutes within the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), an organization of 38 members throughout the US; NNPHI membership is increasing each year.

Supporting a "Health in all Policies" Approach

Our region has strong governmental public health departments, but the public sector alone cannot produce optimal community health.

The future of the public's health depends on a collective, coordinated effort to improve the conditions in which all people live, work, learn, and play. Achieving better health outcomes requires significant collaboration across the fields of public health, environmental health, medical care, housing, transportation, education, parks and recreation, land use planning, law enforcement, and other sectors. IPHI exists to help forge partnerships across these sectors and to boost the region's capacity for innovative, prevention-oriented approaches to improving the health of individuals and entire communities. IPHI is the only public health institute in the nation that specializes in addressing social determinants of health and health equity.

Serving the Region

Recently established in 2009, IPHI is already providing critical support to the region. A few examples of our current work include coordinating needs assessment and health improvement planning activities for Montgomery County, Maryland, developing a policymaker training curriculum for the Commonwealth of Virginia on social determinants of health, and leading the implementation of a groundbreaking initiative to increase access to HIV/AIDS care in the District of Columbia. Read More

healthy eating active living (HEAL) cities & Towns campaign Web site
HEAL-Cities-and-Towns-LogoWeb.pngThe Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Cities & Towns Campaign is an initiative to help cities and towns in Maryland and Virginia stem the obesity epidemic by leveraging policy as a driver of environmental change. Increasingly, policymakers, advocates, and health care providers are recognizing that obesity is neither caused by, nor can be prevented by, individual actions alone. The opportunity to live a healthy life is shaped by the communities in which we live, work, learn, play, and worship. HEAL Cities & Towns is modeled after the successful California HEAL Cities Campaign, which began in 2008 and has helped over 142 CA cities adopt HEAL policies. The HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign for the Mid-Atlantic is funded by Kaiser Foundation Health Plan for the Mid-Atlantic States. Learn more about HEAL Cities & Towns at: www.healcitiesmidatlantic.org
News and Updates
  • [04.17.2014] Prince George's County Food Equity Council hosts an open showing of the webinar Community Food Councils: Challenges and Opportunities - Read More
  • [03.25.2014] Prince George's County Food Equity Council can Hear the Maryland Crunch! - Read More
  • [02.27.2014] The Prince George's County Food Equity Council Hosts a TEDxManhattan Viewing Party - Read More
  • [01.27.2014] Institute for Public Health Innovation, Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative Pilot Community Discussions on Active Transportation to Recreational Opportunities - Read More
  • [01.08.2014] Institute for Public Health Announces Communications RFP - Read More
  • [09.16.2013] IPHI Supports Healthy Corner Store Pilot in Richmond, VA - Read More
  • [08.23.2013] IPHI has been Hired to Evaluate the Innovative Youth Health Equity Leadership Institute (YHELI) - Read More
  • [07.12.2013] IPHI’s HEAL Campaign Invited to White House Event Celebrating First Lady's Let's Move! Campaign - Read More
  • [06.28.2013] Positive Pathways: "Building Equity: Community Empowerment as a Path to Better Health" ~ VIDEO - Read More
  • [06.12.2013] Roots of Health Inequity: A Web-Based Course for the Public Health Workforce by NACCHO - Read More
  • [05.16.2013] Kaiser Permanente Test and Treat Initiative: Institute for Public Health Innovation - Read More

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