Joshua Sharkey owner

Joshua Sharkey

Josh hails from Northern Virginia originally, and graduated from Johnson & Wales University 

Derek Shriftman, director of operations

Derek Shriftman

Derek is a New York native and a graduate of Syracuse University 

Crystal Barrera, manager

Crystal Barrera

Crystal is our resident nerd who switched coasts when making the move from LA to NYC. She was raised around a handful of family run businesses, 

Ainka Scott-Antoine, manager

Ainka Scott-Antoine

Ainka Scott-Antoine was born on the Caribbean island of St.Vincent.  Before recently arriving to NYC, Ainka taught social sciences for over 14 years on various islands in the Carribbean.  

The Center for Health Improvement (CHI) is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit health policy center based in Sacramento, California. CHI is dedicated to advancing policies and providing technical assistance services that improve population health and encourage healthy behavior. Since its inception in 1995, CHI has achieved a reputation for excellence in framing public health issues based on the five social determinants of health: our genetic makeup; our social and educational circumstances and achievements; the environment in which we live; our behavioral patterns; and the health services we receive.

Core Content Areas
CHI initiatives revolve around evidence-based prevention interventions that have been strongly recommended by public health experts across the country. Of these, we focus on interventions where there is the biggest opportunity to effect change, notably:
Children’s Health – including enhancing school readiness, universal preschool, oral health, and access to care
Aging – including increasing flu and pneumonia vaccines, hearing and vision screening, and colorectal screening
Tobacco-related Disease – including using telephone and physician counseling and health insurance benefit design features to increase quit rates
Physical Health and Nutrition – including implementing nutrition education programs in schools, restrictions on the sale of junk food, and integrated community programs to offer safe recreational opportunities
Emerging Health Issues – including increasing healthcare provider and community group education on autism and hepatitis C, tracking safety related measures, and demonstrating the efficaciousness of complementary medicine

Core Services
CHI is known for managing large scale and cutting edge efforts to improve the quality of public health through the following services:
Policy Development, Analysis, and Implementation – including policy recommendations, publications and policymaker education strategies
Applied Research and Data Analysis – including survey research, focus groups, cost-benefit analysis and modeling
Structured Collaboratives – including baseline measurement, targeted goal setting, implementation and evaluation
Technical Assistance – including strategic planning, advocacy Training, needs assessments, best practice studies, and evaluation

Contact Us

Center for Health Improvement, Inc.
1330 21st Street, Suite 100
Sacramento, California 95814

Phone: 916.930.9200
Fax: 916.930-9010
E-mail: info@chipolicy.org