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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

The Great American Smokeout: The fight is not over!

November 15, 2012 | Robert Berger

Thursday, November 15th marks the 37th Great American Smokeout, an American Cancer Society (ACS) event that has helped millions of smokers quit their deadly addiction. While the event has focused on motivating smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit or to actually quit smoking that day, it has also played a significant role in shifting the social norm around use of tobacco products in general.  more

30 Reasons to be Thankful for Public Health

November 14, 2012 | Heather Gehlert

Over the last century and a half, public health has greatly expanded its reach, going from a field that once dealt primarily with water, sanitation and infectious disease to one that recognizes health as something embedded in nearly every aspect of our lives. Heather Gelert of PHI"s Berkeley Media Studies Group gives us 30 reasons to be grateful for these efforts.  more

To Heal DC: Public Health and the Fiscal Cliff

November 13, 2012

PHI's VP of Public Health Policy and Advocacy, Matthew Marsom, joins Joni Eisenberg of Pacifica Radio's To Heal DC to talk about post-election prospects for public health. From the back-on-the-table Farm Bill to the impacts of sequestration on health-related funding, Matthew lays out the upcoming challenges for public health advocates.  more

PHI's Dr. Tomás A. Magaña honored

November 13, 2012

PHI's Tomás A. Magaña, M.D., M.A., F.A.A.P, has been selected as one of Diablo magazine's 2012 Threads of Hope honorees. He was selected for his "outstanding service, demonstrating the true spirit of commitment and compassion."  more

After the Election: Prioritizing the Public's Health

November 07, 2012 | Mary A. Pittman

On November 6th, people across the country lined up to make their voices heard in our national election. Perhaps more than ever before, this election reflected the changing demographics of our country, where the votes of every person--young, old, people of color, women, GLBT--had an impact on local, state and national outcomes.

The election didn’t change one thing: we have a lot of hard work to do in the coming weeks and months to protect the resources and support for health—across the country and around the globe. And, again, we need all of our voices to make that happen. Find out more about our priorities.  more

PHI’s Global Health Fellows Program II exhibits at Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference

November 02, 2012

Inspiring Leaders|Building Generations brought 15,000 people from across the country to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC on September 19-22, 2012. The event was a great venue for PHI’s Global Health Fellows Program II as it carries out its mandate to recruit, place and support fellows and interns to work with the US Agency for International Development in Washington, DC and its overseas missions.  more

Support in the wake of Hurricane Sandy: What you can do

October 30, 2012

Our hearts and wishes are with those on the east coast dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Here are two simple things you can do to help out.  more

Welcome to PHI's New Website

October 26, 2012

Welcome to the Public Health Institute's new website. You'll find a new look, more resources and news and events to help build healthier, more resilient communities. PHI is the proud home of more than 200 projects and over 600 employees working around the globe to make people's lives healthier. Together these programs touch virtually every aspect of health. We invite you to explore.  more

Film by PHI's AGALI program featured by UN Foundation's GirlUp campaign

October 18, 2012

Lifting our Voices: Ending Child Marriage in Malawi (15min) addresses the issue of child marriage in Malawi and the impact that it has on adolescent girls’ health and wellbeing. Watch the video here.  more

AGALI Celebrates the First Annual Day of the Girl Child

October 11, 2012 | PDF | Emily Teitsworth, program manager of PHI's Adolescent Girls’ Advocacy & Leadership Initiative

Today, from Lilongwe, Malawi to Guatemala City, Guatemala, Fellows of the Adolescent Girls Advocacy & Leadership Initiative (AGALI) are celebrating the first annual Day of the Girl Child.

For the first time, the United Nations General Assembly has adopted a resolution to declare October 11th as the International Day of the Girl Child, establishing a special day to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges facing girls and young women globally. Since then, activists around the world have been advocating for government recognition of the Day of the Girl Child and planning events to commemorate this historic day.

On this first annual Day of the Girl Child, I am excited to share the inspiring work being done by some of our 89 AGALI Fellows in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa.  more

Can advocacy lead to economic security for adolescent girls?

September 12, 2012 | Emily Teitsworth, program manager of PHI's Adolescent Girls’ Advocacy & Leadership Initiative

The transformative potential of advocacy resides in the strength of partnerships and in the ability of many small voices to speak together and be heard by the powerful. The Adolescent Girls’ Advocacy & Leadership Initiative (AGALI) builds the capacity of civil society leaders with the goal of helping them to speak out with one voice on the critical issues affecting adolescent girls in their countries. AGALI Fellows in Guatemala, Honduras, Liberia, Malawi, and Ethiopia collaborate to transform adolescent girls’ lives by advancing their human rights, improving their health, expanding their educational and economic opportunities, and empowering girls to advocate for their own needs.  more

Former PHI Fellow Is a "Top 99 Under 33" Foreign Policy Leader

September 12, 2012 | PDF | Carolyn Newbergh

Hina Mushtaq is a "pioneer in working at the intersection of health and technology," says David Lindeman, co-director of PHI's Center for Innovation and Technology in Public Health.  “Her distinguished work at PHI, and now back in Pakistan, is an excellent example of how to apply technology-enabled programs at the population level."  more

UN Action Plan on Non Communicable Diseases Does Little for Children and Adolescents

September 11, 2012 | PDF | Jeff Meer

In July the World Health Organization released the draft Action Plan on Non-Communicable Diseases and the accompanying draft global monitoring framework. Both documents should be improved to incorporate the needs of children and adolescents. There is a significant need to collect more data about NCDs in these populations, assess best practices, focus on prevention, and understand all of the ways that NCDs affect children and adolescents beyond health.  We must appreciate fully the social determinants of health in young people, and create multisectoral approaches that involve a whole-of-government and whole-of-United-Nations approach.  more

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