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Institute for Public Health Innovation

Serving the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia region, 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 throughout the region, particularly those most affected by health inequities.

IPHI concentrates on:

Designing, implementing and evaluating innovative public health strategies

Training and workforce development

Policy and health systems improvement

Community health improvement planning

IPHI’s current programs focus on, among other areas:

  • Integrating community-based public health strategies into health care systems;
  • Improving food systems to provide more equitable access to healthy, affordable food;
  • Assisting with the adoption and implementation of effective health policy at the local level; and,
  • Expanding the composition and capacity of the public health workforce.


Community Health Workers Initiative: IPHI has become particularly well-known for its work in support of community health workers (CHW). In the past five years, IPHI has trained hundreds of CHWs, created dozens of jobs, and provided CHW-based services to thousands of residents. IPHI has also led the formation of CHW professional associations in all three jurisdictions, and is leading statewide processes in DC and Virginia to professionalize further the CHW job class and create more sustainable financing for CHW-based services.

Mission Statement

IPHI is a facilitator, convener, and catalyst helping to bring about better health and well-being for all people and communities throughout Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

  • Convening/Partnering
  • Fiscal/Administration Management
  • Health Communications & Social Marketing
  • Health Policy Development, Implementation & Evaluation
  • Population-Based Health Programs
  • Research & Evaluation
Community Served:
District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia
Contact Information:
  • Institute for Public Health Innovation
    1301 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 200 Washington, DC 20036
  • Michael E. Rhein, President & CEO
  • 202.407.7088

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Resources contributed by this organization:

A Guidebook for Developing Public Health Communities of Practice

Within recent decades, leaders across different sectors have turned to social learning models to foster the innovation and collaboration needed to tackle some of the largest challenges in their fields. One of the most well-known models is the Community of Practice (CoP). This model assists professionals engaged in a discipline, field, or area of practice […]

Signature Programs

Learn more about the National Network of Public Health Institute’s signature programs.

The Frontline of Population Health: Community Health Workers

This presentation led by Michael E. Rhein, President and CEO of Institute for Public Health Innovation and Dawn Heffernan RN, MS, CDE, the Director of the Western MA Public Health Training Center explores the challenges that community health workers (CHW) face every day and suggestions for improvement in the community.

2014 Annual Conference Collaborative Practice Design Lab: Financing Community Health Workers through Medicaid

Notes from a Collaborative Practice Design Lab (CPDL) at the 2014 NNPHI Annual Conference.