Public Health Institute

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The Public Health Institute (PHI) is dedicated to promoting the health, well-being, and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. PHI works in 11 focus areas to generate and promote research, supply expertise and leadership, and forge partnerships to build capacity for strong public health policy, programs, systems and practices.

PHI, incorporated in 1964, is the first and largest public health institute in the United States. It has more than 700 employees, working on 225 projects in 26 countries. With an annual operating budget of more than $100 million, PHI is funded by 90 active partners. It was named one of the top 50 “Best Non-profits To Work For” in 2014 by the Non-Profit Times.


With an impressive track record working side by side with businesses, governments, and community-based organizations to effect change, PHI is a trusted, effective and influential advocate for public health in local, state and federal policy making.
Today, PHI is acknowledged as a transformative leader in implementing sustainable health care solutions in the U.S. and across the globe. It is renowned for its diverse and broad global portfolio, which has allowed it to leverage its innovative capacity building, leadership development, and fellowship programs around the world.

“PHI is a trusted partner with nonprofits, with government, and with the corporate sector, because, bottom line, we have an impact,” says Public Health Institute’s CEO Mary Pittman. “We are good stewards of the resources that we are entrusted with, and apply them to make healthier communities around the globe. We believe that every corporate partner will be interested in investing in this mission, and we welcome each one to join us. By applying our shared resources and expertise, we can amplify the on-the-ground impact.”

PHI’s Focus Areas

  • Alcohol, Tobacco, Other Drugs & Mental Health
  • Capacity Building
  • Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Communicable Disease Prevention
  • Disabilities
  • Environmental Health
  • Global Health
  • Healthy Communities
  • Public Health Systems, Services & Research
  • Technology & Innovation
  • Women, Youth & Children’s Health

PHI is a trusted partner with nonprofits, with government, and with the corporate sector, because, bottom line, we have an impact.

Mary Pittman, President & CEO, Public Health Institute

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