The Center for Learning and Innovation

Catalyzing innovation and investing in people who are advancing public health

Our Vision

Foster a culture of learning, trust, and innovation.

About CLI

CLI is a branch of the Population Health Division in the San Francisco Department of Public Health that works to promote a diverse and talented workforce and advance health equity. Our vision is to foster a culture of learning, trust, and innovation. We do that in a number of ways: from sharing information and resources to experimenting with new and innovative technologies, to training and coaching staff and partners, building partnerships across sectors, and mentoring emerging public health professionals. CLI offers technical assistance to branches within the Population Health Division and supports other health departments and community-based organizations in their workforce development efforts.

Technical Assistance for Population Health Division Branches

The Center for Learning & Innovation (CLI) provides assistance with the training and workforce development needs of the Population Health Division, and in special cases, other teams within the San Francisco Department of Public Health. To make a request, please complete this brief intake form and provide as much detail as possible. A CLI staff member will contact you after receiving your request. Note: This form is only accessible through the DPH intranet.

Online Learning Opportunities

CLI leads and coordinates professional development activities across the Population Health Division and with community partners locally and nationally to ensure a competent public health workforce. CLI works with partners to create and host training opportunities for the public health workforce.

Go to the Learning Management System to learn more about our online training and to inquire about partnership opportunities.

Capacity Building Assistance for External Partners (CBA)

The San Francisco Department of Public Health’s CBA program provides free, customized, peer-to-peer Capacity Building Assistance in high-impact HIV prevention to health departments and community-based organizations in the West Region of the United States. We provide capacity building assistance through information dissemination, customized technical assistance (online and in-person), interactive Institutes and Learning Communities, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, evidence-based resources and toolkits, and state of the science webinars.

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SHARP (Summer HIV/AIDS Research Program)

SHARP (Summer HIV/AIDS Research Program) is an innovative 12-week summer mentored internship and learning experience in biomedical research and public health designed to inspire undergraduate students from historically underrepresented communities to pursue further studies and careers in applied HIV and substance use research. Our faculty mentors are dedicated to research that address health inequities impacting underserved communities. SHARP strives to combat these inequities by preparing scholars to conduct research from a racial and social justice lens.

Learn more about SHARP.

Population Health Scholars

MPH students interested in interning with the Population Health Division should apply for our Population Health Scholars program. Population Health Scholars work on specific projects in accreditation, epidemiology, community engagement, environmental health, communicable disease control and prevention, communications, workforce development, health policy, and other high priority areas under the mentorship of public health professionals throughout the Division. In addition to gaining valuable experience, mentorship, and professional development, interns are paid a stipend and may receive course credit. Opportunities will be posted through Heluna Health's Job Board.

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Last updated September 12, 2022