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Annual Report Again Gives CA Elected Officials a ‘Needs Improvement’ Grade on Food and Farm Policy

November 19, 2015

A report released this week by the California Food Policy Council (CAFPC) and Roots of Change reveals the 2015 food and farm policy votes of California’s 120 elected state legislators. The 2015 CAFPC Report on Legislation Related to Food and Farming illustrates how despite some progress on food and agriculture issues, the California Legislature continues to miss most opportunities to pass bills that will actually have the greatest impact on the people most harmed by the challenges connected to California’s food and farming system.  more

PHI/The Governance Institute Program Brings Pop Health to Healthcare Leaders

November 04, 2015

The Governance Institute, in partnership with Stakeholder Health, and the Public Health Institute (PHI), and with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is offering the first in a series of intensive training retreats for senior leaders and board members of hospitals and health systems. The Alignment of Governance and Leadership in Healthcare: Building Momentum for Transformation program will focus on building knowledge and understanding of population health concepts and strategies for alignment with a broad spectrum of stakeholders. This program is being offered at no cost to participants and is open to any healthcare delivery organization wishing to participate.  more

Pregnancy Events Reveal Cardiovascular Risk

September 21, 2015

Women who experience complications during pregnancy may be at greater risk of dying from heart disease later in life than women with uncomplicated pregnancies, according to new research from the Public Health Institute published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.  more

PHI, LiveStories Win HHS U.S. Obesity Data Challenge

September 02, 2015

HealthData+, a partnership between the Public Health Institute and LiveStories, with support from the California HealthCare Foundation, created the winning entry in a national competition designed to address obesity in communities across the country. HealthData+Obesity was created to help health officers tell a powerful story about the root causes of obesity—and what communities can do to address it.  more

85% of Hospitals Committed to Population Health, says AHA/PHI National Survey

August 24, 2015

As the healthcare sector continues to go through tremendous transformation, an overwhelming majority of hospitals now voice a strong commitment to population health, according to a new national survey of hospitals conducted by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI) and the Public Health Institute (PHI). 

Eighty five percent of responding hospitals reported “strong” or “total” commitment to population health, or have population health in their vision statement.


Liquor privatization in Washington State results in higher prices and availability for consumers

June 24, 2015

Results of a recent Alcohol Research Group study that looked at the effects of privatization of the sale and distribution of liquor in Washington State found spirit prices increased significantly, while prices in the bordering states of Idaho and Oregon only showed small increases. “Our results confirm that replacing a government controlled system with a private system and taxes designed to achieve the same revenues to the state at a given sales level will result in substantially higher prices to consumers on average,” says senior scientist and lead author William C. Kerr of PHI's Alcohol Research Group.  more

PHI joins Global Call for Action on Climate Change and Health

June 23, 2015

The Public Health Institute joined the Lancet and the White House in today’s call for action, participating in the global release of the Lancet’s new report by moderating a panel of climate change experts in New York, co-sponsoring a west coast press conference in Los Angeles and releasing “Act on Climate: California Communities Addressing Climate Change and Health.”  more

Prenatal DDT Exposure Tied to Nearly Four-fold Increase in Breast Cancer Risk

June 16, 2015

Women who were exposed to higher levels of the pesticide DDT in utero—particularly a more estrogenic form, o,p’-DDT, found in commercial DDT—were nearly four times more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer as adults than women who were exposed to lower levels before birth, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).   more

Preventable Environmental Hazards like Lead and Chemicals Cost Californians Billions

June 16, 2015

Eliminating exposures to preventable envi­ronmental hazards related to four childhood health conditions could save families and the state of California $254 million annually and prevent losses of $10-13 billion over the lifetime of all children born in a single year, according to a new report, Costs of Environmental Health Conditions in California Children, released by the Public Health Institute’s California Environmental Health Tracking Program.  more

California Border Community Tackles Air Pollution Crisis, Unveils First of 40 Real-Time Data Monitors

May 29, 2015

What do you do when your children can’t breathe? In Imperial County, which has the highest asthma-related hospitalization rate in the state, you take action. Today, community members and research partners in California’s Imperial County unveiled the first of up to 40 new air pollution monitors that will be installed across the county this year in an effort to identify hazardous pollution “hot spots” near vulnerable populations.  more

National Cancer Registrars Week (NCRW), April 6 – 10, 2015

April 02, 2015

C/NET Solutions of the Public Health Institute joins with other cancer professionals to observe the 19th annual National Cancer Registrars Week (NCRW), April 6-10, 2015. The purpose of NCRW is to emphasize the important role cancer registrars play in capturing the data that informs cancer research, prevention, and treatment programs.  more

Where are Californians the Healthiest? 2015 County Health Rankings Map Differences in Health Across State

March 25, 2015

Marin is the healthiest county in California and Sierra is the least healthy, according to the sixth annual County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Read more about this year's Rankings and explore an interactive data visualization tool developed by PHI with LiveStories to help counties quickly examine obesity data.  more

Tobacco-Smoking Moms and Dads Increase Type 2 Diabetes Risk for Daughters Exposed in Utero

February 10, 2015


Children exposed in the womb to tobacco smoke from their parents are predisposed to developing type 2 diabetes as adults, according to a study from the Public Health Institute and the University of California, Davis.  more

Majority of Californians Have Experienced Early Childhood Adversity, Trauma, New Report Reveals

November 05, 2014

A first-of-its-kind report released today by the Center for Youth Wellness details the long-term and far-reaching consequences of childhood exposure to trauma and chronic adversity. The report, released in partnership with the Public Health Institute, highlights serious implications for the state’s public health and healthcare systems, and calls for solutions.  more

Study Shows Women Have Higher Risk of Injury Than Men After More Than 3 Drinks

October 30, 2014

A new study of emergency department patients in 18 countries, made available online today by the scientific journal Addiction, shows that the risk of injury caused by acute alcohol consumption is higher for women compared with men.   more

BJOG Releases MPT Special Supplement

October 21, 2014

Broad-spectrum prevention that can simultaneously prevent unintended pregnancy along with STIs, including HIV, is on the horizon say experts in a special supplement of the BJOG: The International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The issue features an international assemblage of researchers, funders, developers and advocates who identify the pressing global health rationale for MPTs and present new research and strategies for making the go/no-go funding and research decisions that shape the field. PHI's Bethany Young Holt, Executive Director of CAMI, served as co-editor on the issue.  more

The Public Health Institute Receives Three Million Dollar REACH Grant

September 25, 2014

Today the Public Health Institute was awarded $2,938,025 over three years to launch Cultiva LaSalud, as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) initiative.  more

EPA’s Gina McCarthy heads “Action in Climate Change and Health” Event Held on the Eve of UN Climate Summit

September 19, 2014

The EPA’s Gina McCarthy, Acting U.S. Surgeon; General Boris Lushniak; Dr. Maria Neira, Director of Public Health and the Environment Department at the World Health Organization; and Dr. Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet will speak at the “Action in Climate Change and Health” event held the day before the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit in New York.


Public Health Institute Symposium Explores Intersection of Data, Health and Technology September 17 event in San Francisco

September 17, 2014

On September 17, from 12-4 p.m., at the Delancey Street Foundation in San Francisco, a panel of experts will discuss how technology, innovation and new public/private partnerships are changing how we prevent and treat disease. 

“PHI’s 50th anniversary is a time to celebrate the tremendous gains in public health over the last five decades, while also looking to the challenges of the next 50 years,” said Mary A. Pittman, DrPH, president and CEO of PHI. “Harnessing the power of data and technology, and forging alliances with non-traditional partners—a focus of this symposium and our entire 50th anniversary celebration—will enable us to continue to build a healthier world.”   more

Local, National and International Luminaries Receive Awards as PHI’s Champions of Health

September 17, 2014

A local civic leader committed to climate change and social justice. A filmmaker and philanthropist who gives voice to women peacemakers around the world. A pioneer in preventing and ending cancer. Two physician-advocates: for progressive policies at the U.S.–Mexico border; and for young people whose health can be permanently altered by childhood trauma. A woman who just retired, at 91, from leading a nation’s health system.

These varied individuals are all modern-day public health champions, who were honored together as part of Oakland-based Public Health Institute’s (PHI) 50th anniversary celebration, on September 17 at San Francisco’s Exploratorium museum.  more

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