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Request for Applications: Creating a Climate for Health Pilot Projects

April 10, 2013

The Public Health Institute (PHI) is pleased to release a Request for Applications for Creating a Climate for Health Pilot Projects.

With funding from the Kresge Foundation, PHI will support pilot projects in three geographically diverse, urban communities in California to demonstrate approaches to incorporate climate change into current public health program practice and/or to enhance public health participation in on-going local climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience work. Each grantee will be awarded $20,000 for 12 months of work within the state of California. The purpose of the pilot projects is to develop models that can be held up, scaled up, and replicated that simultaneously address climate change and community health and health equity. Projects can be new or complement existing projects.  more

CAMI Presents Strategy for Developing Multipurpose Reproductive Products

March 14, 2013

In its article "Developing Multipurpose Reproductive Health Technologies: An Integrated Strategy," PHI's Coalition for Advancing Multipurpose Innovations (CAMI) explores what it will take to create and bring to market products that protect women against pregnancy and sexully transmitted infection, primarily in the developing world.   more

California Healthy Cities and Communities' Annual Conference is April 11 in Los Angeles

March 11, 2013

Join PHI's Center for Civic Partnerships to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the California Healthy Cities and Communities (CHCC) Program. The CHCC annual conference - titled 25 Years of Cultivating Community and Advancing a Movement - will bring together representatives from likeminded healthy cities and communities to share successes and explore breakthrough innovations. Register here.  more

PHI Statement to UN Commission on the Status of Women

March 04, 2013 | Jeff Meer

The UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) holds its annual meeting from March 4 – 15 at the UN headquarters in New York. This year, approximately 3,000 women and men from around the world will attend. Read our statement for inclusion in the record at the Commission meeting and recommendations to the international community to eliminate violence against women and girls and to mitigate the harmful effects of violence that does occur.  more

BMSG Report Reviews Literature on Food Marketing to Children and Adolescents

February 15, 2013

American children and adolescents remain exposed to a disproportionate amount of marketing for unhealthy foods and beverages, despite some progress by industry, government and schools to improve young people's food environments. This report by Berkeley Media Studies Group (BMSG), a review of academic and industry literature on trends in food marketing to youth and in policy interventions, explains what this means for public health researchers and advocates looking to improve kids' health.    more

BMSG's Lori Dorfman Talks Soda Taxes in American Journal of Preventive Medicine

February 08, 2013

Public health advocates face formidable challenges in arguing for a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. In this article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Berkeley Media Studies Group's Lori Dorfman explains what makes passing a soda tax so difficult and what advocates can do to increase the public's support for such a solution.

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PHI Releases New Report on Leveraging Mobile Technologies to Promote Maternal and Newborn Health

November 30, 2012

For women and newborns in many low- and middle-income countries, the rapid expansion of mobile technology infrastructure presents an unprecedented opportunity to increase access to health care and save lives. A new report by PHI's Center for Innovation and Technology in Public Health explores the options.  more

Everyone Loves a Quitter: Join the Great American Smokeout, November 15th

November 13, 2012

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet about 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes — Nearly 1 in every 5 adults. The Public Health Institute supports The American Cancer Society in marking the 37th 'Great American Smokeout' on November 15 and encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day.  more

New report by PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group highlights work by Alameda County Public Health Dept. to reduce air pollution and health inequities

November 02, 2012 | PDF

If you want to reduce and prevent health inequities, then you have to tackle their root social, economic and political causes. For busy health departments with tight deadlines and funding constraints, this is no easy task. But BMSG's newest publication, Struggling to breathe: How a health department is working with community members to reduce air pollution and improve health equity in Oakland, shows it can be done.   more

This year PHI will give close to 40 presentations and exhibit 20 posters at APHA. Learn more in the PHI Guide to APHA 2012

October 12, 2012

PHI's programs and projects will be at over 60 presentations, poster sessions and events at this year's APHA. Download the full guide for details.  more

PHI's Center for Public Health and Climate Change at the Rio +20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development

June 16, 2012

Learn what PHI's Center for Public Health and Climate Change is doing at this week's Rio +20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, and join the conversation.  more

PHI's Center for Research on Adolescent Health and Development Has Released Its Annual No Time for Complacency: Teen Births in California Update

May 15, 2012

PHI's Center for Research on Adolescent Health and Development has released its annual No Time for Complacency: Teen Births in California spring update report and supplemental chart pack.  more

PHI Researchers Detail Exposure of California Children to Secondhand Smoke

October 31, 2011

Almost one million California children under 12 years of age are exposed to secondhand smoke, according to a new policy brief from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research that was co-authored by PHI researchers Sue Holtby and Elaine Zahnd. Read the pdf.  more

PHI's Center for Technology and Aging Awards $475,000 in Grants for Demonstrating Mobile Health Technologies

August 03, 2011

The Center for Technology and Aging has awarded more than $475,000 in grants to five organizations that will demonstrate effective ways to implement mobile health technologies for older adults with chronic conditions. Read the pdf.  more

PHI Develops the Japan Recovery Project to Address the Country’s Most Critical Mental Health Needs in the Aftermath of the March 2011 Disaster

July 14, 2011

PHI establishes the Japan Recovery Project to address the nation's psychological aftershocks in the aftermath of its natural and manmade disasters.  more

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