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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
July 16, 2014
The best way to reduce HIV among adolescent girls worldwide? Help girls stay in school. This is just one of a set of strategies that a new study has proven to be effective in reducing the risk of HIV among teenage girls.
The study is published in an article, “What HIV Programs Work for Adolescent Girls?" as part of special issue of JAIDS, the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. The special issue, entitled “Ending HIV and AIDS in Adolescents," was developed by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the U.S National Institutes of Health (NIH). The findings will also be released at the 20th International AIDS conference, held in Melbourne, Australia, July 20-25. more
June 11, 2014
Stoking fears of job loss and strategically positioning itself on the side of civil rights groups, the tobacco industry influenced news coverage of mentholated cigarettes — which disproportionately impact the health of African Americans — to prevent a ban on them, found a study published today in the American Journal of Public Health.
The study, conducted by researchers at the Public Health Institute's Berkeley Media Studies Group (BMSG) and the Public Health Advocacy Institute at Northeastern University School of Law, analyzed public debate on menthol policy between 2008 and 2011, including news coverage, government documents and meeting transcripts of a key advisory committee to the FDA, which was charged with evaluating the public health effects of menthol. more
April 09, 2014
Women with irregular menstrual cycles had a twofold increased risk of death from ovarian cancer, according to a large, prospective PHI study presented here today at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2014. more