About PHI

The California Center for Research on Women and Families (CCRWF) is a program of the Public Health Institute. The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, PHI focuses its efforts in two distinct, but complementary, ways. PHI promotes and sustains independent, innovative research, training and demonstration programs, many in collaboration with the private health care system and community-based organizations. PHI also serves as a partner with government to support its role in assessment, policy development and assurance.

For 50 years, PHI has advanced the public’s health by serving as a forum for state and regional responses to public health problems and by providing a proactive environment for research, education and practice.

The quality programs and projects of PHI improve the health of people and communities and inform the development of public policy. At the forefront of current issues, PHI is an incubator for innovative community-oriented solutions to emerging public health issues and a vital connector for traditional and non-traditional public health partnerships. PHI acts as a convener for public health dialogue, discussion and leadership development opportunities.

PHI is a resource for researchers and professionals who view the social, environmental, economic and demographic changes in our communities in terms of the impact on health and well-being. These experts work to deepen understanding of incidence and causation, create appropriate strategies and systems, and support the building of capacity within communities and institutions to develop the most effective solutions.

Since its inception in 1964, the organization has grown from a handful of epidemiologists and researchers working with the California Department of Health Services (CDHS) to one of the largest public health nonprofit agencies in the United States, with an annual budget of $65 million and a staff of nearly 550, including more than 120 researchers, community specialists, and project directors conducting approximately 400 projects funded by state and federal government and private foundations.