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From Tragedy to Action: Using Media Advocacy to Advance Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

February 21, 2017 | Michael Bakal, Berkeley Media Studies Group

How one advocate helped pass 11 gun violence prevention bills in the aftermath of the country's deadliest mass shooting through media advocacy—the strategic use of media to support community organizing and promote policy change—and longstanding relationships with advocates and policymakers.  more

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Press Releases

Harms to Children from Someone Else’s Drinking May Be Higher than Previously Reported

February 21, 2017

According to a new national study from the Alcohol Research Group, 7.4 percent of surveyed respondents reported that children in their care experienced harm as a result of someone else’s drinking. Studies in the U.S. have found general child maltreatment rates to be approximately 1 to 2 percent. These new caregiver responses indicate that the actual rates of harm to children could be much higher.   more

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PHI Statement on Reinstatement of Global Gag Rule

January 23, 2017

PHI strongly opposes the U.S. President’s decision today to reinstate the global gag rule, which blocks aid to foreign organizations who use their own funds to provide information, referrals or services for legal abortion. Cutting off access to abortion puts the lives and livelihoods of women, their families and their communities at risk.  more

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Announcements & Events

Protecting the Health and Wellbeing of Communities in a Changing Climate

February 21, 2017

On March 13, 2017, the Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research and Medicine, and the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement will hold a joint workshop on Protecting the Health and Wellbeing of Communities in a Changing Climate. The workshop will take place at the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington DC, and it will be webcast live on this page for those unable to attend in person. Featuring PHI President and CEO Mary Pittman and Linda Rudolph, director of our Center for Climate Change and Health.  more

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Study finds benefits of breastfeeding for mothers, not just babies

February 21, 2017 | Alec Rosenberg | Medical Xpress

An innovative new study undertaken by Alison Chopel at PHI's California Adolescent Health Collaborative and Brighter Beginnings aiming to boost breastfeeding rates among young mothers is featured in this article in Medical Xpress. Breastfeeding helps moms bond with their newborns, recover from childbirth and can reduce their risks of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and breast cancer—yet rates are low for young moms, particularly low-income women of color.  more

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