Health care worker providing covid swab test to a child

Our Approach

Since PIH-US launched in May 2020, our work has expanded to include all facets of the community-based COVID-19 response. We have trained and scaled-up numerous contact tracing teams that include integrated care resource coordination; established community partnerships for more robust, far-reaching problem-solving; and collaborated on vaccine rollout and distribution plans centered on greater equity and access. As our partners shift from COVID-19 response work to transforming U.S. health and social systems, we are committed to supporting their evolving and emergent needs. Together, we’ve laid the groundwork for stronger, community-led health systems across the nation.  


Technical Advising


Our technical advisors work as both strategic advisers and partners in implementation and operations, rolling up their sleeves to tackle “in-the-weeds” issues faced by public health and community leaders. We’re driven to find solutions, whether that takes simple or complex support, from designing epidemiological analyses and operating protocols, to expanding a community health workforce and creating new resource navigation programs.


Learning and Impact


Our learning and impact work focuses on implementation science and evaluation. We provide scientific and technical guidance to community and public health implementers and share learnings so together we can build momentum toward a health system that serves everyone. And we evaluate how we are doing to make sure the advice and assistance we provide and the cross-jurisdiction learning we support moves us closer to a just and fair health system.




Together with our partners, we advocate for policies and changes that lead to a stronger, more just and responsive community health system—a system that works for everyone. We use our experiences at the local level to shape our advocacy agenda at the state and federal levels, focusing primarily on expanding fair and just access to care, shoring up funding for public health departments and community health workers, and advocating for stronger social support systems.

To date, PIH-US has:

Technical advising

Embedded technical advising staff in 16 jurisdictions to accompany local leaders in developing and implementing COVID-19 response strategies and informally advised another five partners on early program design and specific technical challenges;


Developed practical implementation materials and hosted on an open-source resource library, which includes an equitable vaccination toolkit, technical briefs that synthesize the latest research on COVID-19, and a series of Care Resource Coordination case studies; 


Engaged in federal advocacy and coalition-building to strengthen national COVID-19 response policy and financing. 

Equitable vaccine

Supported 13 of our partners to develop equitable vaccine distribution strategies

Learning Collaborative

Launched a Learning Collaborative of 242 members across 117 organizations who take part in regular sessions to accelerate best practice sharing.