ChangeLab Solutions

Healthier communities for all through equitable laws & policies

Oakland, CA   |

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ChangeLab Solutions works across the nation to advance equitable laws and policies that ensure healthy lives for all. We prioritize communities whose residents are at highest risk for poor health. Our interdisciplinary team of lawyers, planners, policy analysts, and more, works with neighborhoods, cities, and states to create thriving communities.

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Chief Executive Officer

Sarah de Guia

Main address

2201 Broadway Suite 701

Oakland, CA 94612 USA

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Formerly known as

Public Health Law & Policy

Public Health Policy & Law



NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (W05)

Management & Technical Assistance (S02)

Management & Technical Assistance (G02)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

At ChangeLab Solutions, we believe that the most powerful risk factors in health are laws and policies that have perpetuated racism, discrimination, and segregation throughout our nation’s history. Using the tools of law and policy, we can undo the fundamental drivers of inequity and thereby increase health equity.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Good Governance

Laws and policies are powerful tools for making our communities healthier and more equitable. A good governance process is inclusive, transparent, and effective, fostering a clear understanding of policy landscapes, local resources, and potential partnerships. Our resources explain the essentials of public health law and policy that can help create meaningful, lasting change in your community.

Population(s) Served

Evidence shows that where people live plays a key role in their health. Housing, workplaces, street design, and transportation all influence prominent health factors such as safety, physical activity, access to healthy food, community engagement, and affordable living. ChangeLab Solutions has the tools to connect the dots between neighborhood resources and to help communities achieve their policy goals.

Population(s) Served

A healthy diet is key to maintaining good health. But many low-income children and families — those at greatest risk for preventable diseases like diabetes and heart disease — don’t have access to healthy foods and beverages in their neighborhoods. We work on a variety of policy strategies that make it easier for everyone to access healthy foods and beverages at home, at work, at school, and in stores.

Population(s) Served

Families have tremendous influence over the health of their children, but children are also cared for by other adults in their community. Child care and school environments often determine what children are offered to eat and drink outside the home, as well as how much time they have for physical activity. We work on a variety of child care and school policy strategies that can support families in raising healthy children.

Population(s) Served

Limiting access to tobacco products is the first step in preventing tobacco-related diseases. Effective strategies include eliminating the sale of tobacco products to minors, regulating electronic cigarettes, increasing enforcement of existing laws, and reducing exposure to secondhand smoke. We offer a wide range of resources to help communities tailor and implement policy options for tobacco prevention.

Population(s) Served

Health care systems and hospitals have opportunities to get involved in community public health initiatives. Partnering with advocates and local agencies, providing healthier foods and beverages, and leveraging community benefits allocations from hospitals can help keep people healthy and out of emergency rooms. Our resources can help health care organizations and hospitals work toward community-based prevention.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Startup Nonprofit in Childhood Nutrition/Health 2010


Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

ChangeLab Solutions is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that uses the tools of law and policy to advance health equity. We partner with communities across the nation to improve health and opportunity by changing harmful laws, policies, and systems. Our interdisciplinary team works with community organizations, governments, and local institutions to design and implement equitable and practical policy solutions to complex health challenges.

We envision healthy, equitable communities where every person is economically secure and can attain their full health potential because

-Laws and policies are equity-focused, inclusive, and just;

-Systems and institutions, including government, facilitate meaningful participation and work to eliminate unjust disparities; and

-Investments prioritize people and places most affected by injustices and inequities.

Our core strategies include:
• Demystifying law and policy to increase community knowledge, capacity, and power;
• Connecting across sectors to facilitate organizational learning, shared understanding across disciplines, and an expanded network of changemakers addressing health inequities;
• Strengthening the leadership, skills, and capacity of changemakers to advocate for and implement laws, policies, and investments that support people in meeting their basic needs;
• Developing interdisciplinary policy and legal tools to improve programs, places, and systems;
• Elevating practical, evidence-based, and community-centered tools, solutions, and successes, to scale interventions that will improve health equity and advance social and economic mobility.

ChangeLab pursues these strategies by providing the following key services to community and government stakeholders across the state, and nation:

• Research & Analysis: Policy analysis and legal research to answer critical questions about feasibility, financing, enforcement, and impact.
• Policy & Strategy Development: Tailored development of model policies and laws and strategies for change.
• Technical Assistance: In-depth technical assistance, strategic consultation, and one-on-one coaching.
• Tailored Trainings: Trainings and webinars for community and government stakeholders on public health law, equitable, inclusive policy development, implementation, and enforcement, and specific policy issues.
• Practical Resources: Resource center for 1,500+ legally sound, evidence-based model laws and policies, fact sheets, how-to guides, and more that translate complex legal and policy concepts into actionable solutions.
• Communities of Practice: Collaborative interdisciplinary workgroups and peer learning communities.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Capturing the full extent of who/how resources are being used.


ChangeLab Solutions

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ChangeLab Solutions

Board of directors
as of 08/25/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Oxiris Barbot, MD

United Hospital Fund

Term: 2021 - 2026

Rayid Ghani

Center for Data Science and Public Policy, University of Chicago

Julie Stoss, JD

Kaiser Permanente

Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, JD

National Partnership for Women & Families

Meryl Chertoff, JD

Georgetown Project on State and Local Government Policy and Law (SALPAL)

Lydia Isaac, PhD, MS

National Urban League

Kyu Rhee, MD, MPP

CVS Health

Nicolas Terry, LLM

McKinney School of Law, Indiana University

Lindsay Wiley, JD, MPH

UCLA School of Law

Adolph Falcon, MPP

National Alliance for Hispanic Health

Audrey Tayse Haynes, MSW

Health care expert

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/25/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/31/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.