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War Metaphors and ‘Strong’ Survivors: Do the words we use to discuss breast cancer help or hurt patients?

October 15, 2019 | Heather Gehlert

Many news stories and casual conversations alike include words like “warrior,” “battle,” and other militaristic terms to describe efforts to end breast cancer. But how do the people whose lives are at stake feel about these words? Do they confer a sense of strength and empowerment? Or do they do more harm than good? That’s a question that a fellow journalist and woman with breast cancer recently posed in one of my online support groups, and it’s one that I’ve been asking myself a lot lately, now that I’ve been diagnosed with an aggressive form of the disease.  more

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Press Releases

New Treatment Program Helps Women Significantly Reduce How Much They Drink After Treatment Ends

July 22, 2019

A new clinical trial shows that intensive motivational interviewing (IMI), an intervention that was first used to treat methamphetamine dependence, is highly effective in curbing how much women with alcohol problems drank two months after the program ended with consumption levels sustained at the six-month follow-up. Women who were heavy drinkers experienced the greatest effect. Heavy drinking was defined as drinking 14 or more days to the point of intoxication over the past 30 days. The study from the Alcohol Research Group (ARG), a program of the Public Health Institute, found that IMI produced fewer drinking days and fewer heavy drinking days than the comparison group with trend analysis indicating that the effect would most likely be sustained long term. Other treatment programs have shown only minor to moderate effects that decline over time.  more

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PHI Statement on Dr. Sonia Angell Appointment as Director of CA Dept of Public Health

September 16, 2019

"The Public Health Institute (PHI) welcomes Dr. Sonia Angell as the new director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and we look forward to continuing to work in collaboration to build a healthier, more equitable California under Dr. Angell's direction. Read the full statement from PHI President and CEO Mary A. Pittman.  more

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Announcements & Events

Connect With PHI at APHA 2019

October 16, 2019

Image: PHI At APHA Digital GuideAre you headed to the APHA conference next month in Philadelphia? We'll see you there! PHI and our programs will be part of 20+ presentations, posters and special events, offering new ideas, research to inform your work, and ways to connect with new partners. 

Browse our APHA Digital Guide, stop by Booth #907 and connect with us on social media.  more

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PHI in the News

Takeaways From The World's Largest Cannabis Public Health Forum

October 21, 2019 | Javier Hasse Benzinga | Yahoo! Finance

The 2019 North American Cannabis Summit, the world’s largest cannabis public health forum, has released its Summary of Proceedings, which include remarks from Lynn Silver, Senior Advisor to the Public Health Institute: “For legalization to have net positive societal effects, rather than simply allowing the emergence of a new tobacco-like industry, strong guardrails need to be in place. The voices of public health officials, clinicians, parents, and teachers need to be at the table. Protecting new legal investors cannot lead to the same or more incarceration as before.”  more

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