California Leadership Academy for the Public's Health

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The California Leadership Academy for the Public's Health (CaLAPH) is a year-long program funded by the California Endowment and facilitated by the Center for Health Leadership and Practice through the Public Health Institute. The CaLAPH program brings together teams of diverse leaders within a community to improve the capacity for developing shared goals, collaborating effectively, and actively engaging the community and policy-makers to achieve health equity.  

The Public Health Department, in collaboration with the Local Health Authority (LHA), applied to send a team of five LHA collaborators through the 2016-2017 CaLAPH program.  The team, called the Local Health Authority Asthma Community Engagement Team, was awarded the opportunity to participate in CaLAPH and applied their learning to a leadership project that engaged non-clinical partners, such as schools, businesses, social service organizations, and community members, in asthma management efforts that aligned with the LHA's California Accountable Communities for Health Initiative (CACHI) work. 

 Imperial CaLAPH Team Members

  • Marisa Craig-Allen, Former LHA Commissioner, Representative of the community and Medi-Cal beneficiaries
  • Lee Hindman, LHA Commissioner, Imperial Valley Joint Chambers of Commerce
  • Peggy Price, LHA Commissioner, Imperial County Department of Social Services
  • Helina Hoyt, Former LHA Commissioner, Representative of non-physician providers and academia
  • Christina Olson, LHA Health Program Coordinator, Imperial County Public Health Department

Imperial CaLAPH Team Plus Coach

Pictured above: Imperial's CaLAPH team at the kick-off leadership retreat in Oakland in October 2016. From left to right: Lee Hindman, Christina Olson, Peggy Price, Dr. Mark Horton (team coach), Marisa Craig-Allen, and Helina Hoyt