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Perspectives on Poverty Reduction and Economic Justice

May 19, 2017

PHI's CA4Health is hosting People.Power.Change!, a unique learning series designed to build leadership, increase capacity, and provide opportunities to raise our collective voices on issues related to food justice and poverty reduction that impact California communities. Participants join neighbors and allies from across the state to collectively sharpen advocacy skills and implement strategies to advance prevention and equity. 

People.Power.Change! has already brought together regional cohorts of leaders invested in addressing challenges faced by their communities across a range of issues including Food Justice and Poverty Reduction. As we move to our statewide forums, we wanted to hear from some leaders in the area of Economic Justice to provide their thoughts and perspectives about reducing poverty, social movements, health, and the year ahead. Read the highlights.  more

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Press Releases

Jobs, Revenue Rise after Berkeley Soda Tax

May 16, 2017

A new analysis of City of Berkeley economic data released by a Public Health Institute researcher found that a year and a half after passage of the nation’s first large soda tax, food sector sales tax revenue rose by 15% in the city, and 469 new food sector jobs were created—an increase of 7.2%.  more

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Not New, Not a Foundation, Not Great: White House Budget Proposal

May 23, 2017

The President’s proposed FY2018 Budget “A New Foundation for American Greatness” is not new, not a foundation, and is far from great. By gutting the National Institutes of Health including the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Environmental Protection Agency, the State Department/USAID, USDA nutrition programs and others, this budget divests from the public health and safety net infrastructure that keeps our country strong, healthy and secure. 

The Public Health Institute opposes this budget and urges members of congress to reject it.  more

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Announcements & Events

Tune in for the next Network Commons: Advancing Health Equity Efforts in a Changing Policy Environment

May 22, 2017

How can we promote health equity work within a changing policy environment? Join the next Network Commons on June 19th, hosted by PHI's Build Healthy Places Network, where three leading experts with federal-level experience will share strategies and points of leverage for organizations and individuals who seek to continue their efforts to promote health equity. This discussion will be practical and interactive.  more

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PHI in the News

1.2 million children in the US have lead poisoning. We’re only treating half of them.

April 27, 2017 | Sarah Frostenson | Vox

As concerns about lead exposure peak across the U.S., a new study by PHI's California Environmental Health Tracking Program published in Pediatrics indicates that lead reporting may be capturing just 2 out of every 3 children poisoned by lead. Our researchers found some states where more than 80% of lead-poisoned children remain unidentified—and they expect that testing rates have only declined in the years following the study period.

An overview of the study's findings and the country's lead problem is provided in this Vox article.  more

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