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PHI's Impact in 2019

January 17, 2020

In 2019, PHI worked with communities around the world to address some of the most critical, emerging public health issues. We guided cannabis policies to help protect youth and health, helped SNAP-Ed eligible moms & families eat more healthily, expanded rights for women & girls in Mexico—and so much more. And as we enter 2020, PHI will continue to be dedicated to strengthening the power of community and protecting health and well-being for all. See highlights of what PHI and our programs accomplished this past year.


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Press Releases

SNAP-Ed Eligible Moms, Teens, and Kids are Eating More Produce and Drinking More Water

November 20, 2019

Image: Three kids eating watermelon

A new study in Public Health Nutrition found that low-income mothers, youth and children in California are eating more healthily. Researchers from the Public Health Institute’s Center for Wellness and Nutrition (CWN) and California State University – Sacramento found that SNAP-Ed eligible families added an additional one-third of a cup of fruits and vegetables to their meals daily, and increased water intake by a cup a day between 2015 and 2017. Teens showed the highest increases in consumption of water, fruits and vegetables.  more

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PHI Statement on the Loss of Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard Tyson

November 11, 2019

The Public Health Institute mourns the loss of Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard Tyson, who passed this weekend. The Public Health Institute was proud to call him a health champion and a partner, and we send our deepest condolences to all grieving his loss, most particularly his wife, family and close circle of friends, and colleagues.   more

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Announcements & Events

Building A Movement: Launch Event For the National Overdose Prevention Network

January 22, 2020

Communities across the nation are impacted by the rising tide of addiction and overdose. Join PHI's California Opioid Safety Network on Thursday, February 27, 2020, in Sacramento to mark the launch of a national network to support coalitions, organizations and individuals working on real solutions for prevention and treatment.  more

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PHI in the News

Farm laborers, like these migrant workers harvesting corn in Gilroy, Calif., are especially vulnerable to pesticide exposure. USDA/Bob Nichols, CC BY

Why California is Banning Chlorpyrifos, a Widely Used Pesticide: 5 Questions Answered

January 23, 2020 | PDF | Gina Solomon | The Conversation

The state of California is ending the use of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide associated with neurodevelopmental problems and impaired brain function in children. Gina Solomon, a principal investigator at the Public Health Institute and clinical professor at the University of California San Francisco, explains the scientific evidence that led California to act.  more

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