Children with doctor at checkup.

Addressing Social Determinants of Health through Cross-Sector Collaboration

Through working with a variety of stakeholders, from the California State Legislature to community-based advocacy groups, Cal-IHEA strives to produce work that pinpoints the root causes of health inequities such as disparities in transportation and access to healthy neighborhood food environments.

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Improving Health Access for All Immigrants

Cal-IHEA currently funds four projects that examine how immigrants in California, including vulnerable populations such as agricultural workers and older adults, can access “safe spaces” of comprehensive health care.

Building a Workforce for Health Equity

Recognizing the immediacy of restructuring the state’s health workforce to ensure the highest attainable level of health for all Californians, Cal-IHEA has made “Building a Workforce for Health Equity” one of its priority areas.

Advancing Universal Health Insurance Coverage in California

A priority area of Cal-IHEA is to support research that examines pathways that ensure health care for all Californians, regardless of income, geography, and citizenship status.

The California Initiative for Health Equity & Action (Cal-IHEA) is a state-wide research translation center that provides a critical link between the University of California and the state's health policy community. 

Created by the University of California Office of the President at the behest of the California Legislature, Cal-IHEA builds on the university's public service mission and seeks to improve health equity in California through the translation of University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) faculty research evidence into policy and practice.

Cal-IHEA Newsletters

Thank you for interest in Cal-IHEA! We share e-mail newsletters once a month and encourage those who are interested to check the Cal-IHEA website regularly for updates on our Evidence to Action Awards, Quickstrike Consultations, and more, which are added on an ongoing basis! For any other questions or inquiries, please feel free to reach out to our Cal-IHEA team at  

New Cal-IHEA Videos and Toolkits Move Evidence into Action | February 2020

Cal-IHEA grantee, Dr. Altaf Saadi, has developed the first toolkit to analyze the new policies and actions healthcare facilities like hospitals and clinics have applied to both welcome and protect immigrant patients from immigration enforcement in the healthcare setting.

Moving Evidence into Action to Address Structural Determinants of Youth Development

Cal-IHEA in co-sponsorship with PolicyLink, the California Legislative Black Caucus, and the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, is excited to host a policy briefing entitled, “Addressing Structural Determinants of Youth Development for Safe and Healthy Communities."

Upcoming Evidence Briefing: “Achieving Whole Person Care through Workforce Innovation” | November 2019

In light of the California Future Health Workforce Commission's recent report release, Cal-IHEA is excited to sponsor a briefing titled “Achieving Whole Person Care through Workforce Innovation” on Tuesday, November 12th from 11:30am-1:30pm at UC Center Sacramento.