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Kevin Barnett to Present Guidance on Health Needs Assessment Reporting at Community Commons Forum

February 06, 2015

PHI's Kevin Barnett will present guidance on conducting the second round of community health needs asssessment (CHNA) reporting during a 19-minute web forum hosted by Community Commons on Wednesday, February 18, at 11 am PST. The Affordable Care Act requires nonprofit hospitals to prepare CHNA reports.  more

PHI Expands Dialogue on Community Health Workers with New Releases

February 04, 2015

Despite its tremendous potential, the engagement of community health workers (CHWs) by healthcare institutions remains limited. This week PHI releases a report, discussion paper and short video that make the case for how and why we should bring CHWs into the mainstream of healthcare delivery in California and beyond.  more

MagaƱa Honored with Hispanics in Philanthropy Giver Award

January 22, 2015

Tomás Magaña, MD, founding director of PHI's FACES for the Future Coalition, has been named a 2015 HIP Giver by the organization Hispanics in Philanthropy. The honor is given to "living examples of generosity, kindness and entrepreneurial spirit that binds together our families, our communities and the Americas." He and other recipients will be honored February 27 at the Celebrate Giving, Strengthen Latino Leadership conference and gala in San Francisco.  more

Join Us: 2015 Open Houses

December 26, 2014

Join PHI at our annual winter open houses, in Oakland on January 26 and in DC on February 10. RSVP to save your space.  more

BEST: Berkeley Evaluation of Soda Tax Study

December 05, 2014

The Public Health Institute  (PHI) has received funding from the University of North Carolina and a private non-profit foundation to evaluate the implementation of the recently approved soda tax in Berkeley, California, the nation's first such significant excise tax on sugary drinks.   more

U.S. Climate and Health Alliance Event at APHA on Nov 17

November 05, 2014

Join the U.S. Climate and Health Alliance and the APHA Climate Change Topic Committee for a lively conversation at the annual APHA meeting.  more

Douglas Jutte Authors Health Affairs Articles

November 04, 2014

Douglas Jutte, MD, MPH, executive director of PHI's Build Health Places Network, co-authored two articles in the November issue of Health Affairs, which is just out and examines new possibilities created by the alignment of the fields of health and community development.  more

New Initiative Aligns Health Equity and Development

October 17, 2014


From childcare to jobs, healthy food to chronic disease prevention, community development to transit, many U.S. communities are investing in health and equity in our most vulnerable communities. But could they be doing it better? How can communities align similar interventions for greater impact and less cost? 

The Public Health Institute (PHI), in partnership with The Reinvestment Fund and with a generous grant from the Kresge Foundation, announces the launch of Alignment for Health Equity and Development (AHEAD), led by PHI Senior Investigator Kevin Barnett, DrPH, MCP.   more

2015 Call for Applications: National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health

October 14, 2014

The National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (NLAPH) is an innovative approach to leadership development that brings together teams of leaders from multiple sectors to advance their leadership skills, build stronger collaborations, and move toward health equity in their communities.  All applications must be submitted by November 25, 2014 by 5pm PST.  more

Join Us for "Soda: The Series" SSB Tax Events

September 25, 2014

Does our future health and economy depend on what we drink?

Soda: The Series offers conversations about sugary drinks and their impact on the health of our families, community and environment.  Experts will discuss the science of sugary drinks, tactics of the soda industry, and disease prevention efforts. These events take place in the run-up to the November election, when Berkeley will vote on Measure D, a tax on sugary drinks. Soda: the Series is sponsored by the Berkeley Healthy Child Coalition, Ecology Center, Public Health Institute, Prevention Institute and Small Planet Institute.


Sept. 22: PHI Civil Society Event on Action in Climate Change and Health, Before the UN Climate Summit

September 03, 2014

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders to Climate Summit 2014 to catalyze governments, industry and civil society worldwide toward substantial commitments for a low-carbon economy to mitigate climate change. In advance of this meeting, the Public Health Institute with other co-hosting organizations has organized a Civil Society Event on Action in Climate Change and Health.  more

Advancing Efforts to Integrate Community Health Workers into Team-based Care Delivery

July 09, 2014

The California Health Workforce Alliance is continuing its work to advance the recently published findings, analysis and recommendations from its statewide assessment of the roles and contributions of Community Health Workers/ Promotores (CHWs) in healthcare safety net institutions. During July and August, CHWA will convene three regional technical consultation meetings across the state with safety net providers, administrators, and frontline workers to solicit inputs related to the integration of CHWs into team-based care delivery models and the documentation of their contributions to the achievement of the Triple Aim objectives.    more

Event: Women's Health in Women's Hands: The Promise of MPTs

June 19, 2014

Did you know that adolescent girls and young women in the SF Bay Area and Sacramento are among those at highest risk for unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in California? And that worldwide, women and adolescents at risk for unintended pregnancy are often simultaneously at risk for an STI, including HIV? 

Join us for a panel and reception featuring Manjula Lusti-Narasimhan (WHO), Ina Park (CDPH/UCSF), Bethany Young Holt (CAMI/PHI) and others to discuss innovative prevention strategies that can simultaneously address risk for unintended pregnancies and STIs, including HIV - multipurpose prevention technologies (MPTs). 


Dr. Thomas Clausen in residence at ARG as Fulbright Fellow

June 04, 2014

Dr. Thomas Clausen will be in residence at PHI's Alcohol Research Group as a Fulbright Fellow from 8/1/14-6/30/15. 

Dr. Clausen is a professor at the Norwegian Centre for Addiction Research at the University of Oslo in Norway . He received both his MD and PhD from the University of Oslo. His research interests include treatment modalities for substance abuse, including Opioid Maintenance Treatment (OMT), and their effectiveness at reducing dependence, mortality and criminal activity. He is also interested in alcohol use and mental health in developing countries, particularly in Africa. He has a current appointment as a National Expert to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction for Norway, and an ongoing collaboration with the WHO to investigate alcohol use and health outcomes using data from the Study on Global AGEing and Adult Health (SAGE). 

He will collaborate with ARG Scientists also working with SAGE data during his residency at ARG.   more

CDC Funding Opportunities

June 03, 2014

Join PHI, Trust for America's Health, Prevention Institute, California Endowment and other partners committed to bringing best practices, lessons learned and shared principles of prevention to new CDC prevention funding opportunities. Sign up to receive notice of upcoming related web forums and funding updates.  more

ARG's Paul Gilbert Receives University of North Carolina Honor

April 23, 2014

Alcohol Research Group postdoctoral fellow Paul A. Gilbert, PhD, MSPH, has been awarded a prestigious Impact Award for research that benefits North Carolina by the Graduate School of the University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill.  more

The Power of Story & Stories of Power: April 10

April 04, 2014

Join the Public Health Institute (PHI), PHI's Let Girls Lead & the Bay Area Alliance for Women and Girls for The Power of Story & Stories of Power on April 10 in San Francisco.


PHI Board Member John Seffrin Will Retire from American Cancer Society

March 28, 2014

The Public Health Institute congratulates board member John Seffrin, PhD, on his announced retirement as chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society. He has been a giant in the battle against tobacco and cancer both in the U.S. and internationally.  more

PHI Remembers Former Employee Patricia Spear

February 19, 2014

Last week PHI sadly learned that Patty Spear, previous director of PHI’s Grants and Contracts Department and Institutional Review Board (IRB) administrator, passed away.  more

PHI Annual Open Houses

February 04, 2014


In 2014, the Public Health Institute marks its 50th anniversary. We invite you to join us as we start the celebrations at our annual winter open house receptions. 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2014 5–7:30PM , Oakland 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2014 5–7:30PM , Sacramento 


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