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Central California Center for Health And Human Services

Institutes and Programs

The Central California Center for Health and Human Services (CCCHHS)  houses various institutes, programs and initiatives that provide research, data and leadership on important issues focusing on Central California. 


The Central California Center for Excellence in Nursing (CCCEN) at California State University, Fresno, began in 2006 to address the critical nursing shortage on a permanent basis with a well-thought-out action plan. CCCEN is taking a regionally and comprehensively-focused approach, working in partnership with healthcare providers to develop the kinds of nursing specialists, leaders and educators needed to serve our diverse region.


The Central California Children's Institute (CCCI) at California State University, Fresno was established in 2000 by the College of Health and Human Services. The Institute's mission is to promote research, policies and practices that support the well-being of children and families, using a regional children's agenda as the guiding framework.

The Central Valley Health Policy Institute (CVHPI) was established in 2002 at California State University, Fresno to facilitate regional research, leadership training and graduate education programs to address emerging health policy issues that influence the health status of people living in Central California.


The Central California Public Health Consortium is a forum for County Public Health Directors, Health Officers, and invited members to explore and exchange ideas and information and to develop strategies for addressing pressing public health issues faced by the counties and the region. The Consortium engages in strategic planning, training, action oriented policy development and research to improve the quality and responsiveness of public health programs in the Central California region.


The vision and goal of the Fresno County Preterm Birth Collective Impact Initiative is to create a future in which all women in Fresno County are in the best health before, during and after pregnancy so that more healthy babies are born.