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 Fellowship

The Population Health Fellowship (PHF) pathway program is supported by the Center for Learning & Innovation (CLI) at the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH). PHD aims to equip the next generation of public health workers with practical programmatic, research, and project management skills under the mentorship of established Population Health Division (PHD) leaders. This 9-month paid experience will help prepare fellows for robust careers in PHD.

Fellows will receive hands on experience with project management, research, and/or clinic coordination, based on the fellows' interest. Fellows will be able to explore the variety of career options in public health while receiving one-on-one mentoring from experienced staff within SFDPH. Fellows will also have opportunities to attend professional development workshops that will prepare them to enter the public health workforce (i.e. how to apply to SFDPH positions, resume building, etc). The program will begin in late September/early October 2023 and end on June 30, 2024. 

Apply here

For more information, please contact CLI's Pathways Coordinator, Lorren Dangerfield:

Last updated August 24, 2023