``SPI and its local partners impact the health and well-being of San Diego’s children and families through our work as an ACEs Aware grantee.``

The Beginning

Innovating Health

SPI's leadership is intricately involved in San Diego's Accountable Communities of Health (ACH) as an original and active member of the Stewardship Workgroup as well as the Wellness Fund and the statewide evaluation of California’s ACHs to improve the health, equity and well-being of all San Diegans.

Over the years, SPI staff have provided technical assistance to several Age-Friendly Community projects in Chula Vista, La Mesa, and the City of San Diego to develop community-driven consensus “Livability Action Plans” with the full participation of older adults, their caregivers, community stakeholders and municipal staff. These 10-year action plans are available for public input, then approved by elected officials and included in the local Master Plan to ensure accountability and sustainability.

Stories of Success

What Our Partners Say

Elizabeth Estes

“The Social Policy Institute’s Director, Steve Hornberger, has been an integral part of Breaking Barriers development and implementation. The Social Policy Institute team has brought excellence and innovation to support Breaking Barriers’ work across systems to increase and enhance the well-being of California’s children and youth.”

Elizabeth Estes

Founder, Breaking Barriers
Robin Jenkins

“San Diego State University’s Social Policy Institute has been a highly valued partner for the State of California and an array of organizations seeking to effectively translate evidence-supported science into well-designed public policies for broad social benefits. One example is through our National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives and SDSU collaborations. As well, SPI’s work with county-level Prevention teams and their articulation of best practices with and for Child Abuse Prevention Councils across the state of California has been impressive.”

Robin Jenkins

Associate Director, The Impact Center, University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill
Dr. Rachelle Benson

“The entire team at the Social Policy Institute brought subject matter expertise and cultural humility to the revision and redesign of our Faith-based and Behavioral Health Training Academy! Our trainers appreciated the validation for what they already know and can do; coaching to raise their game to a higher level of performance; and the high-quality, evidence-based materials.”

Dr. Rachelle Benson

Vice President, Stepping Higher Inc.

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