Congresswoman Barbara Lee Announces $93.8 Million in USAID Funding to Oakland’s Public Health Institute

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee announced that the Public Health Institute in Oakland was awarded $93,873,052 from the United States Agency for International Development to develop diverse global health professionals to make innovative and measurable contributions to the field of public health.

“I am pleased that the Public Health Institute has been awarded this critical funding from USAID to ensure a new generation of diverse health professionals will be recruited, trained and equipped with the skills to tackle some of our most pressing global health challenges,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee.  “The Public Health Institute has been a global health trailblazer in the East Bay and I know this funding will continue their leadership as they work to increase healthcare access to the most vulnerable in our community and around the world.”

Under the Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) program, the Public Health Institute will lead a team of professionals from John Hopkins University, University of San Francisco, and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health. The team will recruit, place, and support internationally diverse and talented health professionals in at least 50 full time fellowships and up to 80 full time internships.

“We’re proud to be supporting USAID in such an important mission, and this award is not only great for global health – it’s great for Oakland,” said Mary A. Pittman, president and CEO of the Public Health Institute. “We’ll be equipping global health professionals in locations like South Africa and India to better address issues such as HIV, chronic illness, and emerging epidemics. And we’ll also be creating meaningful jobs right here in downtown Oakland to support them.”

The Public Health Institute is one of the largest non-profits in Oakland, and has been named a National Best Place to Work. They are home to over 100 public health programs building health and equity in California, across the U.S. and around the world.