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Health Policy Leadership Program 2021-2022

Since 2005, the Health Policy Leadership Program (HPLP) at Fresno State’s Central Valley Health Policy Institute has offered professional growth and development opportunities to emerging local and regional leaders as they explore key issues in health policy. 

Please click here to view more information about HPLP. 

Health Career Connection Internship

The Health Career Connection (HCC) Summer Internship Program provides undergraduates and recent college graduates with Practical Experience, Exposure, Mentoring, Professional Development, and Networking.

Please click here to view more information about applying for the HCC Internship program. 




Health Policy Leadership Program 

HPLP 2021-2022

Since 2005, the Health Policy Leadership Program (HPLP) at Fresno State’s Central Valley Health Policy Institute has offered professional growth and development opportunities to emerging local and regional leaders as they explore key issues in health policy. The COVID-19 pandemic, associated economic hardship for working families, and the racial justice movements of this last year have given away to a period of new investment in renewal of communities and their institutions. New commitments to eliminating inequalities have been met with deep distrust of democracy and the potential for fair governance. The social determinants of health model is gaining broad support among policy makers and advocates: efforts to build healthier, more prosperous communities now emphasize neighborhood equitable, resident-led redevelopment and stronger local institutions planned for resilience and sustainability. 

The HPLP 2021-2022: Equity and Renewal Cohort will provide perspective and skills development opportunities for emerging public and nonprofit organization leaders. Participants will learn leadership skills with a focus on enhancing their organization’s capacity to address equity and move forward with these conditions. 

Applied Skillset

HPLP participants will work in small groups to develop, implement and report on projects that address specific equity and renewal challenges for their organizations and communities. Past projects have explored priority issues such as engaging uninsured persons in preventive care, engaging residents in addressing environmental concerns, and building resident and neighborhood capacity for partnerships for system and policy change and enhancing organizational capacity to address health inequalities or other topics.

Program Overview

The Health Policy Leadership Program consists of 10 three-hour virtual meetings/month over 8 months. Each month, starting on October 22, 2021, sessions will be focused on perspectives and applying skills in small group projects. Participants will also engage in lectures and small group conversations about various health equity challenges emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic as well as how a health equity lens can be a useful tool in planning institutional and social movement-oriented solutions. Past experience has shown that having two or more participants from an organization or network is helpful to the creation of impactful projects and individual growth. If you would like to join HPLP: Equity and Renewal Cohort please submit an application and a letter of support from your supervisor authorizing the required time commitment. (Application Link: Diverse participation improves our shared work. We welcome participants from all career paths including public health, social services, economic and community development agencies, and the full range of community-based and grass-root organizations who want to have an impact on this important issue.

In this program, you will develop skills and knowledge to:

  • Understand health equity and how to expand it through health in all policies strategies and health systems reforms
  • Engage with others and strategically communicate around health fairness issues
  • Conduct and interpret organizational assessment and strategic planning techniques
  • Use existing data sources and plan for new research to identify and understand barriers to health equity 
  • Employ health equity and renewal tools to guide program development 
  • Develop and test messaging and strategies for community renewal engagement 

For more information about the program, please click here

Please click here to submit an application. 

Meetings Dates

October 22, 2021 
November 5 and 19, 2021 
December 3, 2021 
January 21, 2022 
February 25 2022 
March 11 and 25, 2022
April 8 and 29, 2022
Program Graduation TBD

Program Cost

(scholarships available)

Questions? Contact:

Magdalena Flores
Phone: 559-228-2150


Posted August 17, 2021

Health Care Internships (Summer)

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The Central Valley Health Policy Institute is working in partnership with Health Career Connection (HCC) to offer a 10-week health care  during the summer months.

For more detailed information about HCC and the student internships, please visit the HCC website.

Interested students should apply directly through Health Career Connection.

If you have any questions or interest in becoming an intern, please email Emanuel Alcala at the Central Valley Health Policy Institute or call (559) 228-2137.