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Strategic Development & External Relations Fusion Center​

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services Public Health 3.0 report, the public health department of the future is one that plays the role as chief health strategist, convening a multitude of sectors to ensure health in all policies and wellbeing for all. Furthermore, the report calls for the creation of internal cross-disciplinary teams to create a horizontal leadership structure; a center unit housed within the department dedicated specifically to external relations, strategic development, and community engagement. CDPH has been an early adopter of this model through the creation of the Strategic Development and External Relations Fusion Center. The Fusion Center represents the vision for becoming the public health department of the future; one which is proactive, transparent, collaborative, outcome-driven, and able to respond to constantly changing conditions.

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The Fusion Center has a multifaceted portfolio of projects, including:


Let's Get Healthy California (LGHC) outlines a plan to improve the health of all Californians over
a ten-year period by addressing preventable and chronic conditions while decreasing disparities.


Health System Transformation Initiative reviews the latest local and federal policy and legislative actions and sets forward alignment across the department. ​​   ​


Public Health 2035 (PH2035) explores new approaches to public health relating to leadership, workforce, evaluation, and strategic partnership. 


Global Health 2035



Health Economic Evaluation Initiative focuses on exploring the relationships between resources expended on public health interventions and the value gained in improved population health.


Emerging Issues Framework is a process to assess and identify the public health role in emerging issues by making connections across programs, sharing data and information, and determining actions and implementation strategies.


Violence Prevention Initiative  focuses on linking the efforts of many programs to elevate violence prevention as a departmental priority. This project provided a platform to develop and pilot the emerging issues framework. CDPH has released the first in a series of violence prevention reports: Preventing Violence in California; Volume 1: The Role of Public Health

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