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Central Valley Health Policy Institute, California State University, Fresno

The Central Valley Health Policy Institute (CVHPI), a project of California State University, Fresno, seeks to improve equity in health and health care by developing the region’s capacity for strong policy analysis and health programs. One of its signature programs is the Health Policy Leadership Program that builds individual leadership skills and abilities to shape health policies and programs.

Through the Community Leadership Project, CVHPI is building the leadership abilities of grassroots nonprofit leaders in the Central Valley.

Region Served: San Joaquin Valley
Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tulare counties

Total Award: $150,000

Program Details:
The Central Valley Health Policy Institute has adapted its successful Health Policy Leadership Program to meet the needs of grassroots leaders. Through the program, CVHPI actively recruits 10 participants from five organizations each year (engaging one or two leaders from each organization), for a total of 30 leaders over three years. Participants attend nine monthly sessions and complete an organizational development project; they also receive strong peer support, academic training, and one-on-one technical assistance from institute staff to develop their organizational problem-solving and policy analysis skills.

Selection Process:
The Central Valley Health Policy Institute recruits participants from small community-based organizations by reaching out to groups that have participated in community forums, regional networks and other collaborations among community-based health organizations. Participants are mid-career emerging leaders from small community-based organizations with at least some engagement in one or more regional, social and economic determinants of population health such as obesity prevention, environmental justice, job creation and violence prevention.

Project Launched: Spring 2010


Project Contact:
Dr. John Capitman
(559) 228-2157