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How Has News Coverage of Gun Violence Changed Since Columbine?

April 19, 2018 | Lauryn Claassen, Berkeley Media Studies Group

Headlines from Columbine to ParklandAs we near the 19th anniversary of the school shooting at Columbine High School, and as BMSG prepares to publish new research on news coverage of gun violence, Lauryn Claassen of PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group (BMSG) sat down with BMSG head of research, Pamela Mejia, to talk about her memories of Columbine, how media coverage of gun violence has changed over the past two decades, what details are often missing from coverage, and how both journalists and advocates can help the public better understand the root causes of and solutions to gun violence.   more

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Press Releases

Marin County is the Healthiest in California, Say New Rankings

March 14, 2018

Marin County ranks healthiest in California and Lake County is the least healthy county in the state, according to the ninth annual County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). 

“The County Health Rankings crystalize what we know from practice: the factors that shape health and determine who has access to it are deeply embedded in our society,” said Mary A. Pittman, DrPH, CEO and president of the Public Health Institute.  more

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PHI Statement on HR2, Proposed Farm Bill

April 16, 2018

“PHI is strongly opposed to draft farm bill legislation, H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, released last week by the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. The bill, if passed, would undermine the health, well-being and food security of millions of Americans."  more

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Announcements & Events

ADA National Network Learning Session: FEMA's Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC) Town Hall

April 20, 2018

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC) leads FEMA's commitment to whole-community emergency management by integrating individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs into all aspects of disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation. In this session, hosted by PHI's Pacific ADA Center, new FEMA ODIC Director Linda Mastandrea will introduce herself and present FEMA Administrator Brock Long's strategic plan for the Agency. She will discuss how the community can leverage that approach to be successful in collaborating with their state, local, territorial and tribal partners in emergency management.  more

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PHI in the News

Adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census would be disastrous for public health

April 13, 2018 | Marta Induni | STAT

PHI's Marta Induni relies on data from the decennial census to ensure accurate representation when she designs and administers public health surveys. She says the Trump administration’s eleventh-hour decision to add a question about citizenship to the census will almost certainly have a major chilling effect among immigrants, compromising vital public health research and ultimately damaging the public's health.

Read more in her op-ed for STAT.  more

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