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January 23, 2013

In an op-ed in today's Sacramento Bee PHI CEO Mary Pittman argues that new poll results show that Californians want action to build healthier communities and prevent obesity.  more

IOM Report Puts Public Health in the Headlines

January 14, 2013 | Anne Sunderland

Last week a report by the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council showed that Americans live shorter lives and experience more injury and illness than our counterparts in 16 other affluent democracies. The findings come amidst ongoing debate over the sequester, which is scheduled to slash federal health spending on March 1.  more

It's Time for Tobacco Control in Africa

January 11, 2013 | Jeff Meer

Africa is one of the most important battlegrounds in tobacco control these days. With smoking rates and production declining in traditional markets like the United States and Canada, big tobacco is increasingly looking to Africa and Asia for both upstream tobacco cultivation and downstream sales.  more

Bringing Healthy Foods Closer to Home

January 07, 2013 | Carolyn Newbergh

One of the major reasons why obesity and chronic illness are higher among low-income people is they have a tougher time finding wholesome food close to home. Now new issue briefs highlight how some California communities are making nutritious food more available through community gardens and healthy corner stores.  more

What is mHealth and How Can It Be Used to Save Lives?

January 03, 2013 | Andrew Broderick

Mobile technologies are rapidly expanding throughout the world. The question is whether we can harness these technologies to impact the health and lives of women and children ("mHealth"), particularly in the Global South.  more

What We Can Do Together in 2013

January 02, 2013 | PDF | Mary A. Pittman

I am proud to share just a few examples of how PHI's work touched lives and communities at home and abroad in 2012. In 2013 PHI will continue to work to make good health not just a wish but a reality in communities in California, across the U.S. and around the world.  more

The Year in Public Health: Looking Back on Hard-Won Progress, Looking Ahead to New Possibilities

January 02, 2013 | Heather Gehlert

Public health professionals and advocates worked tirelessly in 2012 to make sure that context supported health for the largest number of people possible. They encountered dicey political battles and discouraging setbacks along the way, but, ultimately, 2012 was a year of progress.  more

PHI's FACES for the Future Featured on NBC Nightly News

January 01, 2013 | Anne Sunderland

PHI's FACES for the Future Coalition and its founder, Dr. Tomás A. Magaña, were featured on the NBC Nightly News on January 1, 2013. In this compelling piece, Dr. Magaña discusses his passion for giving at-risk youth the opportunity to develop the self-esteem, confidence and practical skills necessary to become health care professionals.  more

Join us: Protect Public Health in the Fiscal Cliff Deal

December 18, 2012 | Matthew Marsom

PHI and our partners have been in DC taking action to protect public health resources during fiscal cliff conversations since early this fall. Now is the time to ask for your help. The negotiations are starting to take shape, and we need your action to make sure that health funding doesn’t take the brunt of the cuts.

Will you take a moment to call the White House and Speaker Boehner, and ask them to protect public health funding in any deal they reach?  more

Bali Magic: The Global Youth Forum

December 17, 2012 | Denise Dunning

Denise Dunning, director of PHI's Adolescent Girls' Advocacy and Leadership Initiative, reports back on her participation at the Global Youth Forum in Bali: "The compelling work of these young leaders and the historic results of the Forum demonstrate that youth are a powerful force for change."  more

Photo by WhatsAllThisThen. Hoboken after Hurricane Sandy.

Taking Action to Prevent the Health Costs and Impacts of Climate Change

December 13, 2012 | PDF | Jeni Miller

A policy approach is essential to lessen the health impacts of climate change. As the health costs of extreme weather events become increasingly apparent, public health agencies and organizations push ahead with preparedness plans; meanwhile Sandy-impacted states sue the EPA for failure to curb major greenhouse gas methane.  more

Cliffhanger: Understanding the Fiscal Cliff and What’s at Stake for Public Health

December 06, 2012 | Anne Sunderland

With the election over but the “fiscal cliff” looming, Emily Holubowich, MPP, executive director of the Coalition for Health Funding, spoke to over 600 participants on a recent PHI webinar. Effectively engaging in the conversation around the fiscal cliff starts with understanding the terms of the debate, how we got here in the first place and what’s at stake for public health.  more

The Beginning of the End for Child Marriage

December 03, 2012 | Emily Teitsworth

Before the end of the year, the lives of millions of girls in Sub-Saharan Africa will be transformed, in what many are calling the beginning of the end for child marriage.  more

Photo by Country of Dare, Jennette's Pier in Nags Head - Hurricane Sandy

COPping Out? U.S. Needs a Comprehensive Approach to Climate Change Now, for Our Health

December 03, 2012 | PDF | Jeni Miller

Though an original signatory to the Kyoto Protocol, the United States, 18 years later, has yet to ratify the agreement and has failed to take any substantial action on climate change at a federal level.  Superstorm Sandy provided a pointed reminder of the immense costs of turning a blind eye to climate change. The U.S. should pursue comprehensive federal climate change legislation in 2013, for our health.  more

World AIDS Day 2012: We Can Still Do Better

December 01, 2012 | Jeff Meer

World AIDS Day, December 1, is an annual reminder of the progress made during the past 30 years in the fight against one of the most insidious infectious diseases. It is also a stark reminder of how much more must be done to rid the world of this deadly killer.

There are valiant efforts around the world to educate the public about the epidemic, test millions for the presence of the HIV virus, and provide treatment for those living with the disease. But we need to do more.  more

Farm Bill Still Waiting in the Wings

November 29, 2012 | Gabrielle Serra

Congress returned this week from Thanksgiving to an ever-shrinking legislative calendar with the looming challenge of addressing a portfolio of tax increases and spending cuts that is simply, but aptly, referred to as ‘the fiscal cliff’ before the end of the year. The expired farm bill remains on the agenda, but the shape and fashion in which Congress pursues any form of reauthorization is still yet to be determined.  more

National Call-In Day to Urge Congress to Protect Anti-Hunger Programs

November 28, 2012 | Gabrielle Serra

On Wednesday, November 28, Feeding America is hosting a national call-in day to urge Congress to reject cuts to federal nutrition and anti-hunger benefits as part of any deal on the fiscal cliff. For more information about how to participate, click here. Feeding America provides a toll-free number and suggested message points.  more

New PHI study spurs important dialogue around breast cancer in California media

November 28, 2012 | Anne Sunderland

The Public Health Institute’s Breast Cancer Mapping Project (CBCMP) released new research that pinpointed four previously unidentified areas of California that have invasive breast cancer rates substantially higher than the state average. See video and other coverage.  more

World Health Organization adopts new targets to measure Non-Communicable Disease

November 27, 2012 | Jeff Meer

Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), illnesses including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic lung disease, are potent killers, claiming more than 35 million lives per year around the world--about 62 percent of all deaths. By 2030, they will be the largest contributor to disability.

On November 9, 2012, a little more than a year following the UN High Level Meeting on NCDs, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) member states adopted-- for the first time ever--nine targets and twenty-five indicators that are intended to measure progress against NCDs. The purpose is to develop strategies and programs to reduce avoidable deaths and disability NCDs cause by 2025. We discuss the strengths and challenges of the new measures.  more

PHI leads support for Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

November 16, 2012

PHI supports the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program as a valuable component of our national strategy to improve children’s eating habits and to promote their good health. Over the course of the last 10 years, the program has evolved from a small pilot into a nationwide program that provides fresh fruits and vegetables to more than three million elementary school children across the country, every year. For some children, the FFVP provides the first--and sometimes only--opportunity for them to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, as opposed to canned, frozen or processed foods.

PHI has led the creation and circulation of a sign-on letter to agriculture leaders in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to express support for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). The letter calls for maintaining the program in its current form, and at its current funding levels.  more

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