People Power for Public Health

California counties play a significant role in creating, funding, and transforming health safety net services, from behavioral health, public health, to emergency medical services. Through local policies and budgets, county staff and Boards of Supervisors hold power in affecting the health and well-being of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. 

For instance, CPEHN analyzed California county and city expenditures in 2018 and found that county and local governments have invested heavily in law enforcement ($25.2 billion) over public health services ($3.7 billion). These funding disparities have disproportionately harmed Black and brown communities to the detriment of these other vital services that keep people healthy and safe.

Get Involved

People Power for Public Health is a community-based research initiative that seeks to transform local budgets towards community power and public health. Through community organizing and local budget advocacy, we aim to divest local funding away from systems that harm Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities and invest in community-based, public health solutions that ensure our communities thrive. If you or your organization is interested in learning more, please contact Katherine Nasol at

Take the People Power Survey!

We want to learn about your experiences with local safety net systems, such as emergency response (paramedics, fire, police), health care, mental health, public health, and social services. We welcome diverse perspectives, especially Black, indigenous, and communities of color, LGBTQ+ communities, and people with disabilities. Respondents must reside in California. 

The survey is available in 6 languages and are below:




Traditional Chinese:



The People Power for Public Health survey will be open until October 2021. The findings from the survey will be published in our People Power for Public Health report and budget advocacy toolkit.