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FACES 2018 Summer Medical Academy

August 15, 2018 | FACES for the Future Coalition

FACES Summer Medical Academy

Founded in 2005, the FACES Summer Medical Academy (FSMA) is a tuition-based, intensive summer camp designed to expose high school students to the fields of medicine, nursing, and allied health professions. In partnership with Samuel Merritt University, the goal of the program is to offer youth a glimpse into the array of advanced educational strategies and tools that comprise current medical training. Furthermore, young people are introduced to critical concepts that promote an understanding of culturally responsive and compassionate health care practice.

During the two-week academy, FSMA students are exposed to clinical skills training, gross anatomy and pathology workshops, clinical simulation scenarios, problem-based learning, and workshops in patient-centered care models. FSMA students are taught by physicians, nurses, and other health professionals. They also experience mentoring in small groups led by college and graduate students focused on careers in medicine and the health professions. The FSMA is open to any student regardless of background, geographic location or school.

In partnership with Samuel Merritt University, FACES for the Future Coalition hosted 45 scholars from July 16 - 27, 2018 to provide a unique lens for high students to explore the health care field. Find out more about what the students were able to learn this summer.  more

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Press Releases

New study finds only slight increase in marijuana use after legalization

June 19, 2018

A new assessment of marijuana use in Washington State published by PHI's Alcohol Research Group found only a 1.2 percentage point increase in past year use after recreational marijuana was legalized—suggesting that a previous report showing an increase of 3.8 percentage points may have been overestimated due to respondents underreporting their consumption when marijuana was still illegal.

"If our study better represents how often people used the drug, marijuana legalization’s short-term impact on use in the state may have been quite small," said William C. Kerr, lead author and senior scientist at the Alcohol Research Group.  more

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PHI Statement on Passage of Senate Farm Bill

June 28, 2018

"The Public Health Institute warmly welcomes the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill, by the U.S. Senate on a vote of 86 to 11. We congratulate Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow on their strong leadership to forge agreement on bipartisan legislation that protects the integrity of SNAP and SNAP nutrition education."  more

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Announcements & Events

Community Action to Fight Asthma (CAFA) Network Now Open

August 07, 2018

Are you working on asthma in California? Do you want to connect with other asthma stakeholders across the state who address similar issues? Do you want to help shape and amplify a statewide voice to bring attention to asthma and impact policy decisions? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of those questions, PHI's Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP) program invites you to join the Community Action to Fight Asthma (CAFA) Network.

RAMP is a collaborative that promotes strategies for reducing asthma through a broad and comprehensive approach, which includes clinical management and environmental protection. RAMP brings together diverse partners such as public health and community-based organizations, schools, medical providers, and environmental health and justice groups to join forces in reducing the burden of asthma with a focus on communities inequitably affected by the disease.  more

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PHI in the News

Short of breath? Chest pains? Smoke-related health impacts from Holy fire felt across Southern California

August 10, 2018 | Laylan Connelly and Martin Wisckol | The Orange County Register

In Southern California the Holy fire has burned more than 18,000 acres, leaving unhealthy levels of smoke lingering in the air. Wildfire smoke can travel long distances and is laden with particulate matter, which triggers asthma and worsens lung and heart disease, according to Dr. Linda Rudolph, director of PHI's Center for Climate Change and Health. She's quoted in this article providing tips on minimizing the health impacts of smoke exposure.  more

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