PPH is both a place-based and people-based strategy. PPH supports strong, dynamic partnerships that bring residents, community groups and health departments together to improve community health. Resources are invested directly in communities through both community organizations and local health departments. Community residents understand what is needed to improve health and well-being because health happens at the community level, where people live. The engagement and investment of community residents in improving their own health is vital to sustaining improvement and building accountability. Public health departments are the only enduring public resource that has the mission and mandate to protect and promote the health and well-being of the public. Looking beyond medical care, public health departments are charged with preventing illness and disease before they happen.
PPH is also committed to identifying and supporting policy and system changes that promote community-based public health within the communities served by its grantees, in the State of California as a whole and in our nation.