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Climate Change is Making Natural Disasters Worse, and More Likely. How Do We Protect the Most Vulnerable?

November 15, 2017 | Jennifer Scroggins, Public Health Institute

Deadly wildfires in California's wine country. Hurricane Maria's devastation in Puerto Rico. Catastrophic flooding in the Houston area after Hurricane Harvey.

The immediate links between these three historic disasters and climate change are evident, as are the impacts they have on lives and communities. But what is less discussed are the devastating health impacts connected to these events, some of which will linger for years to come. As with the natural disasters themselves, the impacts are greatest among those who are most vulnerable.


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Press Releases

Can Librarians Save Us from the Opioid Epidemic?

October 06, 2017

A local librarian in Humboldt County who successfully reversed an opioid overdose before paramedics arrived may serve as the new model for stemming California’s opioid death rate. The Public Health Institute (PHI) announces today it will take a leadership role to manage and build capacity in the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF)’s California Opioid Safety Network. 

In 2016, five Californians died every day in from opioid overdoses.  PHI’s Center for Health Leadership and Practice (CHLP) will work with a broad spectrum of stakeholders to shift how we talk about addiction, manage pain, and ensure that the most important tools — safer prescribing practices, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and harm reduction strategies such as making naloxone, a medication that reverses the deadly potential of opioid overdose more widely available — are acceptable, accessible, and affordable to all. Forty VISTA volunteers a year, up to 120 over a three year period, will join the effort, helping to deepen community outreach and engagement.  more

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"Recipes for health disasters." PHI Statement on Congressional Tax-Reform Proposals

November 15, 2017

"The house and senate are currently considering different versions of a tax-reform plan that they intend to reconcile and move forward on. There is no compromise: both versions are bad for the health and welfare of the American people."  more

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Announcements & Events

Webinar: Driving Impactful End-User Research for More Insightful MPT Development

November 15, 2017

Hosted by the Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies, this webinar will feature a dynamic panel discussion of seasoned experts, who will share their experience and approaches to conducting end-user research and integrating findings into product development and introduction. Join us on December 12, 2017.  more

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PHI in the News

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CCHP’s State Telehealth Report Shows Gradual Advances in Coverage

November 07, 2017 | PDF | Eric Wicklund | mHealthIntelligence

Nearly every state provides Medicaid reimbursement for video-based telehealth, according to the latest report from PHI's Center for Connected Health Policy. In addition, 15 states cover store-and-forward or asynchronous services, and 21 states cover remote patient monitoring – while only nine states reimburse for all three platforms.

But the rules and regulations covering telehealth and telemedicine are as confusing as ever, says the author of this mHealthIntelligence article on the Center for Connected Health Policy's fifth annual report.  more

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