About Us

IPS is a non-profit public health organization. We specialize in implementing upstream, population-level prevention programs that reduce health disparities and advance equity. We work alongside residents and other stakeholders to advocate for policy and systems change to protect health and safety, prevent community trauma, and expand opportunities so that people can reach their full potential. In recent years, the role of equity in determining health outcomes has become widely understood, and IPS’s approach has evolved. Advancing equity has become a fundamental feature of our work in Reimagining our Communities.

IPS’s Approach to Community Transformation (ACT) Model© is our demonstrated framework for creating upstream change. The ACT Model combines six components that strategically intersect to achieve a vision for community change. The ACT Model has been applied in communities around the nation.

  • Community Transformation

    A Vision for Change. Every other component of the Model is applied with this vision in mind.

  • Media Advocacy

    Producing strategic, timely, sequential news enhanced by social media to frame issues, amplify voices, and advance change.

  • Data & Research

    Engaging with community to gather and examine qualitative and quantitative data to accurately understand problems. Employing evidence-informed strategies, tracking progress, and evaluating outcomes.

  • Sustainability

    Ensuring the necessary infrastructure, knowledge, resources, and accountability measures are in place to support long-term change.

  • Policy & Systems Change

    Advocating for upstream solutions that advance equity and support health, safety, and opportunity.

  • Community Organizing

    Engaging, listening to, and mobilizing communities to build collective power and break down systemic barriers.