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Welcome to the Institute for Health Policy and Leadership

The Institute for Health Policy and Leadership (IHPL) is Loma Linda University’s newest institute, and the only one devoted entirely to innovative scholarship and service in health policy.    IHPL is committed to developing proactive solutions to the health challenges facing our region, our nation, and our world.

By offering a collaborative approach to health policy, IHPL builds on the strength of the University’s eight schools in concert with the six hospitals and the many clinics of our growing health system. We also serve as the principal research and academic center for the Adventist Health Policy Association.

Our goal is to provide proactive policy solutions with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention for whole communities.   By educating diverse stakeholders, including health professionals, policy makers and the public, we plan to provide leadership in health policy in the 21st Century.

Our Story

In 2010, the five Adventist health systems in North America, including Loma Linda University Health, created the Adventist Health Policy Association (AHPA) in 2010. Together these five systems operate nearly 80 hospitals across the country with approximately 75,000 employees.  The primary goal of AHPA is to ensure that these faith-inspired health systems can continue their mission of providing the highest quality, whole-person health care. 

For more of the AHPA story, visit

In 2012, AHPA proposed that an academic health policy institute be established at Loma Linda University.  The University’s Board of Trustees approved the creation of IHPL later that same year, and IHPL began operation in July 2013.
IHPL brings together the health policy resources of the Loma Linda University’s schools and health system to create intellectual synergy, generate new research, and educate healthcare professionals along with the communities we serve.

The primary goals of the institute are to: 

  • Shape health policy agenda based on the Adventist heritage of providing high quality prevention-centered health care that attends to the whole person -- mind, body and spirit
  • Analyze current policy proposals and provide recommendations to policy makers
  • Influence policymaking at the local, state, national, and international levels
  • Educate by engaging the public in conversations around health system improvement
  • Taping into the extensive and diverse expertise of the Adventist health systems in the policy process, drawing on the expertise of the residents in all of the systems
  • Create sources of ideas, information, and connections that lead to healthier people in healthier communities.
  • Support AHPA in achieving national recognition for thought leadership and expertise in health policy
  • Make resources available for health systems to collaborate with multi-sectorial partners to improve population health by bridging clinical and community based prevention programs, services and policies.
  • Develop talking points and presentations regarding health policy issues for AHPA members
  • Describe and circulate best practices for Healthy Communities collaborations
  • Generate new policy ideas for consideration by AHPA as they consider their policy agenda
  • Provide regular policy education for internal and external stakeholders
  • Provide Health issues briefs
  • Provide Policy update
  • Miscellaneous policy papers

Current Projects

IHPL has been awarded a $990,000 grant for Education and Outreach for the Covered California (CC) program from July 1, 2013 through December 2014. IHPL is the main grantee in the San Bernardino and Riverside county region.  CC is a state funded program aimed at helping its residence obtain health coverage. California is the first state in the nation to enact legislation to implement provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act. They estimate by the year 2017 approximately 2.3 million Californians will be newly enrolled in a health plan through Covered California.

Institute for Health Policy and Leadership Team

Gerald Winslow, Ph.D

Dora Barilla, Dr.P.H.
Associate Director

Andrejs Galenieks, M.P.H
Health Policy Analyst / Project Manager

Contact Us

Loma Linda University Institute for Health Policy and Leadership is committed to the well-being of your mind, body and spirit.
For general questions or comments please contact Andrejs Galenieks 909-558-1000 ext.  47792.

Our mailing address is:
11234 Anderson Street, Suite 1161
Loma Linda, CA 92350

Relevant Links

The Adventist Health Policy Association
is a national voice for High Quality, Accessible health Care. Members include the Adventist Health, Adventist Health System, Adventist health Care, Kettering Health Network, and the Loma Linda University Adventist health Sciences Center.  
To learn more about this membership group please visit

Covered California is a state funded program aimed at helping its residence obtain health coverage for you and your family.  For more information please visit their home page at

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