Emerging Institutes

Helping Public Health Institutes Develop and Thrive

NNPHI helps developing public health institutes (PHIs) operate with heightened efficiency and direction. Our national network shares lessons learned, provides technical assistance, and mentors staff and boards so they may carry out their roles with greater skill and confidence. NNPHI’s areas of focus include:

  • Strategic and Sustainability Planning
  • Resource Development and Budgets
  • Board Development
  • Partnership Cultivation
  • Program Development
  • 501(c)3 Application Process
  • Organizational Communications

In 2012, NNPHI selected three states for competitive grants to address public health opportunities and challenges through exploring the development of a public health institute. The Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii (Healthy Communities Hawaii), The University of Kentucky College of Public Health, and the Vermont Public Health Association were selected and have since embarked on strategic planning processes to explore and develop public health institutes in their states, with technical support from NNPHI. Read the full press release.

Previously, NNPHI, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), awarded in 2011 another round of grants to six emerging PHIs to help build capacity and address challenges facing the public health system. The funding enabled the Florida Public Health Institute, Healthy Appalachia Institute, Institute for Public Health Innovation, Rhode Island Public Health Institute, South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health, and Tennessee Institute for Public Health to cultivate partnerships, enhance executive leadership, and build the capacity to inform health policy.

For more information, contact Erin MarzialeDirector, Network Engagement at  or 504.301.9823. 



Resources for Emerging Institutes

A number of resources have been developed to support emerging PHIs. Below is a brief listing. Please visit the “Public Health Institute Development” section on the eCatalog for a complete listing of resources available. 





  • Site Visit Vermont

NNPHI visits emerging PHI, Vermont Public Health Association. Left to right: Erin Marziale, Associate Director, Member Services; Cindy Cameron, Emerging Institute Mentor and Chief Program Officer, Michigan Public Health Institute; Katie Dabdoub, Program Coordinator

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