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Colusa, Glenn tumble in latest state health report

March 22, 2016 | Brian Pearson | Colusa Sun Herald

PHI President and CEO Mary A. Pittman is quoted in this article in the Colusa Sun Herald about the new 2016 County Health Rankings released last week. Colusa County in Northern California is among the unhealthiest state wide, according to the Rankings. "What is clear from the 2016 County Health Rankings is that tremendous health disparities persist across California, particularly in our rural counties," said Pittman.  more

Sugary beverage tax to combat obesity and diabetes epidemic

March 17, 2016 | Maria G. Ortiz-Briones | Vida en el valle

Assemblymember Richard Bloom, D-Santa Mónica, introduced on March 9, AB 2782, which would establish a two-cent per ounce health impact fee on sugary drinks.A newly introduced California bill co-sponsored by PHI that would establish a health impact fee on distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages is profiled in this article in Vida en el valle. Revenues would help fund nutrition education, physical activity, access to clean water, access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and support for oral health in vulnerable communities. Last week, the Coalition for a Healthy California—led by Latino Coalition for a Healthy California and backed by PHI, our program Roots of Change, and other leading ethnic and state-based organizations—announced the bill at a press event in Sacramento, along with bill author Assemblymember Richard Bloom and other state legislators.   more

Bike event aims to bring bicycle awareness to southeast Fresno

March 16, 2016 | Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado | Fresno Bee

A program from PHI's Cultiva La Salud in California's Central Valley to teach residents about bike safety and maintenance and to encourage physical activity through biking is highlighted in this Fresno Bee article.  more

‘A longer leash’ on life: Digital implant monitors heart patient at home and on the go

March 07, 2016 | Heather Larson Poyner | Kenosha News

Mario Gutierrez, director of PHI's Center for Connected Health Policy, is interviewed in this article in Wisconsin's Kenosha News about remote monitoring of patients with chronic heart disease as well as other chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. “The notion of telemedicine — in fields like psychiatry and radiology — has been around for 40 to 50 years; diagnostic, treatment and monitoring applications has emerged within the last 10,” Gutierrez said.  more

H.I.V. and African Women

March 04, 2016 | Bethany Young Holt | New York Times

Bethany Young Holt, director of the Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (IMPTs) at PHI's CAMI Health, wrote this letter to the editor published by the New York Times in response to an editorial about new evidence suggesting an intravaginal ring that slowly releases an antiretroviral drug could help protect women in Africa from HIV. She states that this ring is a welcome development, and that a range of options that provide simultaneous birth control and HIV prevention is needed.  more

Better research required for effective use of teleheath

March 03, 2016 | Susan D. Hall | FierceHealthIT

The Center for Connected Health Policy at the Public Health Institute is highlighted in this article in FierceHealthIT on how research on telehealth legislation and cost/benefit analyses of it are often based on the short term and some of the changes needed to demonstrate and realize the added value of telehealth to health outcomes.  more

Orange Cove residents to dance their way to healthy lifestyle

March 02, 2016 | Maria G. Ortiz-Briones | Vida en el valle

Muevelo! Zumba kick-Off took place on Feb. 18 at Citrus Middle School in Orange Cove where more than 50 residents danced their way to a healthier lifestyle thanks to a new partnership with the City of Orange Cove and Kings Canyon Unified School District.

A new zumba initiative from PHI's Cultiva La Salud aimed at engaging Latino residents in Orange Cove, CA, is profiled in this article in Vida en el valle. Zumba classes will be offered to the community for free twice a week. The classes are part of a regional initiative to help open school grounds to local residents so they can be more physically active.  more

California has its own lead crisis in poor communities

February 26, 2016 | Mary A. Pittman | The Sacramento Bee

PHI President and CEO Mary A. Pittman authored this op-ed published in The Sacramento Bee on how Flint is not the only community in the U.S. with high lead exposures. Lead and other environmental hazards are present in many California communities, which tend to be low-income and predominantly brown and black.  more

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Diabetes, Dialysis and Dirty Water in Central Valley

February 26, 2016 | Vanessa Rancaño | Latino USA

Genoveva Islas, director of PHI's Cultiva La Salud, is interviewed in this radio story by NPR's Latino USA on obesity and diabetes among Latinos in California's Central Valley, where these challenges are made more difficult because residents also lack access to clean water. "In the Central Valley we have agriculture, the prison system, and the next growing business area is dialysis centers. What does that say about us?" says Islas.  more

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California Law Gives Tenants New Recourse For Moldy Apartments

February 24, 2016 | Megan Burks | KPBS

PHI's Regional Asthma Management & Prevention (RAMP) program is highlighted in this news article on KPBS about new regulations in California that added the presence of mold as a condition of substandard housing. The bill amendeding the Health and Human Safety Code that regulates housing conditions across the state was co-sponsored by RAMP.  more

Nigeria: Declare Maternal, Newborn and Under-Five Deaths National Emergencies, Govt Told

February 23, 2016 | Sola Ogundipe | AllAfrica

PHI's Champions for Change is highlighted in this AllAfrica article on the inaugural Summit on Accountability for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) co-sponsored by Champions for Change and held in Nigeria last week. Participants in the summit called on the federal government in Nigeria to declare maternal, neonatal and under-5 deaths a national emergency.  more

Vaginal Ring Protects Women From HIV — When They Use It

February 22, 2016 | Maggie Fox | NBC News

Bethany Young Holt, director of PHI's CAMI Health, is featured in this NBC News article about a new, insertable vaginal ring that has proven to be safe and effective at reducing HIV risks in women, according to newly published clinical trial results. The author points out that young women in the study appear to have removed the rings, however, and Bethany Young Holt commented on potential explanations for that, while pointing out that adding a birth control element might also make a woman more likely to use a product consistently.  more

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Virtual reality: More insurers are embracing telehealth

February 20, 2016 | Bob Herman | Modern Healthcare

PHI's Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) is referenced in this article in ModernHealthcare on the trend of more insurers covering telehealth services. More than half of states now have laws with rules addressing telehealth coverage, and while some state Medicaid programs have restrictions on the circumstances for reimbursement of telehealth services, CCHP has found that a majority of programs do not have geographical restrictions.  more

Reducing Health Disparities in Atlanta

February 17, 2016 | Karen Minyard, Kathryn Lawler, Elizabeth Fuller, Mary Wilson & Etha Henry | Stanford Social Innovation Review

This article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review about the Atlanta Regional Collaborative for Health Improvement (ARCHI) outlines the Alignment for Health Equity and Development (AHEAD) initiative launched in 2014 by PHI and the Reinvestment Fund, with support from the Kresge Foundation. ARCHI was selected in 2014 as a site for the initiative, which aims to make community investments smarter, more strategic, more aligned and more effective by working with hospitals, public health agencies, financial institutions, businesses and others to create balanced portfolios of aligned investments and interventions.  more

Flint: The Canary in America's Coal Mine, a Call for State Surgeons General

February 17, 2016 | Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom | Huffington Post

Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom, a board member of PHI and also Michigan's first and last surgeon general, authored this op-ed in the Huffington Post on the lead contamination crisis in the water in Flint, Michigan, calling for investment upstream of problems like these and for surgeon generals to be appointed in every state to promote health and prevention of disease outbreaks.  more

Farm stands coming to Valley campuses

February 15, 2016 | Gabriel Dillard | The Business Journal

PHI's Cultiva La Salud is highlighted in this article in The Business Journal, detailing two new farm stands the program is launching in two elementary schools in southeast Fresno, an area often referred to as a food desert. Cultiva La Salud works to increase access to environments with healthy food or beverage options and to increase access to physical activity opportunities.  more

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3 steps to helping your community build a healthier workforce

February 12, 2016 | Scott Peterson | The Business Journals

A brief produced by PHI called "Prevention Means Business" is featured in this article in The Business Journals on workplace wellness programs as a strategy to control a business' healthcare spending. As much as 50 percent of company profits go toward direct and indirect healthcare costs for employees, according to the brief.  more

Make Population Health A Brand Strategy To Capture Multicultural Consumers And Improve Outcomes

February 11, 2016 | Glenn Llopis | Forbes

Population-HealthPHI 's community benefit implementation strategy is highlighted in this Forbes article about population health as it applies to the health of the public as a whole and as a brand strategy to solve for inequities in the workplace and marketplace. Our strategy's five core principles are noted in the article: take care of the most vulnerable populations with unmet health needs; health education and protection; building a seamless continuum of care that provides a safety net of sorts for people; building community capacity with shared responsibility and sustainable efforts; and collaborative governance that gives the community a voice and oversight.  more

Washington Liquor Privatization Drives Sales To Oregon, Idaho

February 08, 2016 | Tom Banse | Oregon Public Radio

 Idaho liquor stores, like this one in Boise, continue to experience higher sales in the wake of privatization of retail liquor sales in neighboring Washington.A recent study from PHI's Alcohol Research Group is featured in this story on Oregon Public Radio, highlighting the finding that after Washington State privatized liquor sales in 2012, prices of liquor rose by an average of 15.5 percent, dependent on store type—leading consumers to go across the border to Oregon and Idaho to make purchases.  more

Fresno’s street vendors peddling healthier options

February 03, 2016 | Hannah Esqueda | The Business Journal

Photo by Jessica Leibowitz/SeriousEats.com Corn vendors like this one are a common sight on the streets of Fresno, but a movement is afoot to have such vendors sell healthier fare.A new pilot project from PHI's Cultiva La Salud aimed at bringing more fresh fruits and vegetables to food deserts in southesast Fresno, CA, is highlighted in this article in The Business Journal. The "Vendors for Health" project launching in the spring is partnering with small businesspeople running bicycle food carts to offer more fruit and vegetable options. "Our vendors have the opportunity to expand their business, and we’re promoting healthy lifestyles,” said Genoveva Islas, director of Cultiva La Salud.  more

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