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How to (Really) Prepare for a Successful Global Health Career

April 20, 2017 | Juan Garcia, Global Health Fellows Program II

A successful, long-term global health career involves a workforce that can balance motivation, lifestyle demands, and ever-evolving skill requirements. This means that special care must be given to ensuring those at the earliest stages of their career are as prepared as possible to meet these demands. A new survey from PHI's Global Health Fellows Program II and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health explores this, and aims to better describe the global health workforce transition from graduate education to initial employment.  more

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Press Releases

Berkeley Residents Buying Fewer Sugary Drinks and More Water Thanks to Soda Tax

April 18, 2017

A new study published in PLOS Medicine by the Public Health Institute and the University of North Carolina showed that Berkeley’s sugar sweetened beverage tax is working as intended.

“Changes in prices, sales, consumer spending ,and beverage consumption one year after a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in Berkeley, California, US: A before-and-after study” is the largest-to-date evaluation of the nation’s first sugar sweetened beverage (SSB) tax, covering 15.5 million supermarket checkouts. It found that the volume of sugar sweetened beverages sold in Berkeley declined significantly, by 9.6%, in the year following implementation. Because sales for healthier beverages also rose, there was no negative impact on overall beverage sales at studied local businesses. Overall grocery bills (consumer spending per checkout) did not go up.

“The Berkeley tax is a home run—residents chose healthier options, it raised revenue for promoting health, and we saw no evidence of higher grocery bills for consumers or harm to local business revenue,” said lead author Lynn Silver, MD, MPH, of the Oakland-based Public Health Institute. “These findings suggest that sugary drink taxes make health and economic sense.”  more

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Statements on the President’s "Energy Independence" Executive Order

March 28, 2017

The Public Health Institute is strongly opposed to President Trump's new "Energy Independence" Executive Order. Ensuring access to clean air and water is a fundamental tenant of health and a necessity for healthy people, places and planet.   more

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Announcements & Events

Study: Family Nutrition and Eating Habits in the Bay Area

April 12, 2017

The Public Health Institute, supported by the National Institutes of Health, is conducting a project on family nutrition and eating habits in the Bay Area. The project will provide important information for guiding programs and policy on family nutrition and health issues.

For questions about the study, or if you are a participant who needs to update your contact information, you can reach the project manager at the Public Health Institute, Dr. Alisa Padon, at 510-285-5648.  more

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PHI in the News

Berkeley soda tax takes a big gulp out of sugary-drink sales

April 24, 2017 | Ronnie Cohen | Reuters

A new study published in PLOS Medicine by the Public Health Institute and the University of North Carolina showed that Berkeley’s sugar sweetened beverage tax is working as intended. Sales of sugar-sweetened beverages dropped nearly 10 percent during the first year of the tax, purchaces of healthier beverages rose, and $1.4 million was raised in the first year for child nutrition and community health programs. Read an overview of the new findings in this Reuters article.  more

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