Creating Opportunities for Optimal Health

CommonHealth ACTION (CHA) views health as a social phenomenon as opposed to merely the absence of disease. Focusing on the intersections among policy, power dynamics, socio-economic factors, and public and community health practice, we help communities and organizations create equal opportunities for all people to achieve optimal health. Building on over two decades of learning from health systems improvement initiatives, CHA works to increase community and organizational capacity to address the social and economic determinants of health. In short, we work with our partners to create community conditions in which all people can be healthy.

CommonHealth ACTION is a national, non-profit, public health organization based in Washington, DC.



iphi-logoIn 2009, after discussions with key stakeholders in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, CommonHealth ACTION (CHA) began incubating what has become the Institute for Public Health Innovation. CHA’s aim was to create a sustainable public-private resource for the DC-MD-VA region that improves public health outcomes by fostering innovation, leveraging resources, and partnering across the many community and governmental sectors that have a role to play in producing health and quality of life.  IPHi received a $500,000 capacity grant from Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, as well as an Emerging Public Health Institutes grant award from the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and mentorship from NNPHI and Public Health Solutions, the public health institute serving New York City.  After a 2-year incubation process, IPHi received its full membership designation from NNPHI in October 2012.  To learn more about IPHi, Click Here.
News and Events
  • [01.20.2014] Honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his birthday - Read More
  • [11.11.2013] Lifting Up Our Veterans on this Special Day - Read More
  • [10.02.2013] The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Awards CommonHealth ACTION a $199K Grant to Investigate Challenges to Vulnerable Veteran Populations at Risk for Poor Mental Health - Read More
  • [09.11.2013] CommonHealth ACTION’s Health Equity workshop in Texas featured in The Nation’s Health - Read More
  • [09.03.2013] CHA President & CEO, Natalie S. Burke talks to Washington Smart/CEO Magazine about overcoming challenges. - Read More
  • [08.19.2013] CommonHealth ACTION delivers Health Equity & Racism workshop and facilitates Community Health Improvement process - Read More
  • [08.19.2013] CommonHealth ACTION featured on local news during delivery of Health Equity workshop - Read More
  • [07.11.2013] CHA's David Harrington pens OpEd for the Maryland Gazette - Read More
  • [07.10.2013] Well Community Project Grants $180,000 to Community Organizations in Mississippi, Michigan, and Louisiana to Promote Wellness - Read More
  • [07.01.2013] CommonHealth ACTION Welcomes First Mississippi Emerging Young Southern Leadership Fellow - Read More
  • [06.04.2013] CommonHealth ACTION Announces New Director of Public Health Programs, Ms. Erima Fobbs - Read More
  • [02.05.2013] CHA Presents Strategies to Promote Health Equity at 2013 Winter Action Institute - Read More

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