Welcome to the National Network of Public Health Institutes!

On behalf of the NNPHI, thank you for visiting our online home. I am confident that you will find great value in our network’s expanding portfolio of work to improve the public’s health and well-being.

Founded in 2001, NNPHI is an active network comprised of 44 member public health institutes (PHIs), affiliate members, and five emerging institutes in 32 states spanning all ten Department of Health and Human Services regions. NNPHI and its member institutes are nongovernmental organizations that implement public health policy and program initiatives throughout all 50 states. Additionally, NNPHI is supporting an exploratory effort to determine the feasibility of establishing a Tribal Public Health Institute with potential to serve Indian Country and work with the 566 federally recognized Tribes spanning 35 states.

PHIs are nonprofit organizations that work with a diverse range of multi-sector and multi-disciplinary partners that have a shared interest in creating conditions that lead to improved health. These partners include – but are not limited to – government, community organizations, health care systems, academia, media, philanthropy, and businesses. Together, PHIs and their vast array of partners work to leverage strengths and assets using the principles and skills of collaborative leadership to improve the places where people live, work, worship, and play. PHIs address current and emerging health issues by providing competency-focused expertise in areas such as: fiscal/administrative management; population-based health programs; health policy; training and technical assistance; research and evaluation; health systems transformation; health information services; health equity; and health communications and social marketing.

I believe our NNPHI model offers significant value, and that PHIs will become even more vital contributors to our nation’s evolving public health systems. We need strong public agencies at state/territorial, tribal, and local levels, and we should continue to support their work. The US also needs a strong private, humanitarian sector to complement public sector action. Working together, we can enhance the network and expand our reach to ensure the entire US population is served by PHIs – either directly, or through strategic partnerships. Equally important will be our increasing reach across sectors and disciplines that produce health – influencing, experimenting, and adopting models that transcend disease-based frameworks and create the conditions in which all people can be healthy.

Like most fast-paced nonprofit organizations, we have much more activity underway beyond what is presented herein on this site. In the past six years, NNPHI has distributed nearly $11M in grants and contracts to our member institutes. I invite you to learn more about our work, look for upcoming web improvements, and consider attending one of our upcoming conferences. I invite you to share your ideas with me and our vibrant NNPHI staff team. Let us know how NNPHI can best help your organization, either by continuing our current programming and support, changing how we implement our support, or sharing ideas on new partnerships and areas of focus you would like to see the network explore.

Thank you again for your dedication to protecting and improving the public’s health and well-being, and for your continued commitment to NNPHI. Together, we can achieve great things. Together, we can improve the health status of all who reside in this great country – improvements that can benefit all people, regardless of income, zip code, or any other socially constructed factor.

Finally, in the event that you find yourself in New Orleans or Washington, DC, please visit with us; a pot of coffee will be brewing in either locale.

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