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Telling a More Complete Story About Child Welfare

April 09, 2019 | Heather Gehlert

Child abuse occurs in nearly 60 percent of households where domestic violence is identified, but you’re unlikely to learn that from reading the news. In “The Child Welfare System in U.S. News: What’s Missing?" Berkeley Media Studies Group researchers found that domestic violence appeared in only 12 percent of stories about the child welfare system, and most of those stories only mentioned domestic violence in passing.  more

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Press Releases

PHI Ranked One of 50 Best Nonprofit Workplaces in the Nation

April 01, 2019

The Public Health Institute was named today as one of the 50 "Best Nonprofits To Work For" by The NonProfit Times, a nonprofit business management publication. This is the third time PHI has applied for the award, and the third time it has received the recognition. 

“To be a great place to work, PHI first takes care of its employees, who in turn do great work,” said PHI President and CEO Mary A. Pittman, DrPH. “Our 600+ employees are our greatest asset and the driving force behind what we do. This award affirms our commitment to providing a workplace that supports employee development, provides excellent benefits, and creates a community of committed colleagues who share ideas, exchange best practices and celebrate each other.”  more

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"Truth and Evidence < Deep Pockets, Deceptive Tactics": PHI statement on AB138 Delay

April 22, 2019

"AB138, the California Community Health Fund bill authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom and co-sponsored by the Public Health Institute that would have added a two cent tax to soda purchases, has been named a "two-year" bill. This would hold the bill in the Assembly Revenue & Taxation Committee ensuring it won't move forward through the legislative process until next year."



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Announcements & Events

ADA National Network Learning Session: We All Want Disability Inclusion in Emergency Management - New Research on What is Actually Happening

March 21, 2019

Join the April 11th webinar, which will review findings from new research conducted by New York University and PHI's Pacific ADA Center on what local emergency managers in federal region 9 say they have done and can do to include people with disabilities in emergency planning, response, recovery, and mitigation. Crucial information about disability inclusion in emergency management and the structural needs of local offices to achieve this was discovered. Learn more and register.  more

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PHI in the News

Domestic Violence Connection Missing in Many Child Welfare News Stories, Study Says

April 12, 2019 | The Chronicle of Social Change

The overlap between domestic violence and child maltreatment is profound. Research uggests that crossover may include between 30 and 60 percent of families involved with the child welfare system.

However, when the media writes about child welfare—the system that is charged with taking care of abused and neglected children—that connection is seldom featured in stories, according to a new study from PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group.  more

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