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Introducing the Collective Impact Partnership Leaders

August 08, 2019

Rise Up and the Public Health Institute, in partnership with the Global Fund for Women, How Women Lead and World Pulse, are leading a three-year project, “Collective Impact Partners: Women’s and Girl’s Economic Empowerment Advocacy in India” to increase the economic power of girls and women in India, where currently only 29% of women formally participate in the workplace. Meet these new leaders, who are expanding their skills and approaches to effectively advocate for women’s economic justice issues through CIP's trainings and ongoing coaching.  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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"Punitive," "Unacceptable": PHI Statement on 'Public Charge' Rule

August 12, 2019

"It is simply unacceptable, in a country as wealthy and resourced as the United States, to force anyone to choose between green card status and feeding their family or getting their child vaccinated. And it is unacceptable to base the merit of someone’s contributions to our country on how much wealth they have. We have a public health obligation—as well as an ethical one—to protect, care for, and hold in esteem, the lives of all within our country."  more

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Announcements & Events

California Governor Newsom’s State Budget Lifts up Health in All Policies

August 15, 2019

In an historic decision, the 2019-2020 California state budget established three Health in All Policies (HiAP) positions at the cabinet-level California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) in order to promote healthy communities, racial equity and environmental sustainability across state government and within SGC’s own programs. This decision builds on nearly a decade of public/private partnership between the State and the Public Health Institute (PHI) to facilitate the California HiAP Task Force and institutionalize Health in All Policies as an approach in state government.


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PHI in the News

Why Warning Pregnant Women Not to Drink Can Backfire

August 19, 2019 | Aaron E. Carroll | The New York Times

Punitive policies—like equating drinking while pregnant as child abuse and threatening to involve child protective services—may actually dissuade women from getting prenatal care, according to a recent study from PHI's Alcohol Research Group and UCSF's Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health. The research found that policies which defined alcohol use during pregnancy as child abuse or neglect were associated with an increase of more than 12,000 preterm births, and resulted in more than $580 million in costs during the first year of life. In The New York Times, Aaron E. Carroll investigates this and other studies that show why warning pregnant women not to drink can backfire.  more

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