September 23, 2010
The Public Health Trust announced today that six diverse organizations will receive $337,000 in grants to work on projects to help California move ahead with its Green Chemistry Initiative. The state initiative seeks to reduce use of hazardous chemicals and generation of toxic wastes by changing how society designs, manufactures and uses chemicals in processes and products.
Funding for the six grants comes from the settlement of a lawsuit brought under California's Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. The lawsuit involved allegations of public exposure to hazardous chemicals in airline fuel. more
August 12, 2010
Men exposed in the womb to the pesticide DDT and its related compounds are more likely to develop testicular cancer, according to a study by Public Health Institute (PHI) researchers published today in the online journal Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health.
The rate of testicular cancer has increased in recent decades, and this new study by researchers at the Child Health and Development Studies (CHDS) in Berkeley, California, a project of PHI, adds evidence that there may be an environmental link, a hypothesis that researchers have suspected. more
August 10, 2010
"The announcement of regional targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California is a significant step forward in helping to improve our physical environment and ultimately improve the health of California's residents, especially those most vulnerable to poor air quality and other factors that impact well-being, said Mary A. Pittman, DrPH, the president and CEO of the Public Health Institute. more
Public Health Institute Study Finds Link Between Early Pregnancy Complication and Heart Disease Death
July 23, 2010
The earlier a pregnant woman develops the serious pregnancy complication known as preeclampsia, the higher her risk is of dying from cardiovascular disease later in her life, a prospective study conducted by Public Health Institute (PHI) researchers reports.
The study, published in the July issue of the journal Hypertension, is the first prospective research to identify this increased risk associated with preeclampsia early in a pregnancy, which the authors defined as occurring by the 34th week of pregnancy. more
Reproductive and Sexual Health Advocates Applaud Microbicide Gel's Dual Success in Simultaneously Reducing Risk of HIV Infection and Genital Herpes
July 20, 2010
A potential breakthrough in HIV prevention has stirred excitement and optimism among researchers and advocates for sexual and reproductive health because it is an important example of a product that may protect women against both HIV and an additional sexually transmitted infection (STI).
"We have long recognized the need for prevention methods that could address more than just one disease or reproductive health need," says Bethany Young Holt, director of the Public Health Institute's Coalition Advancing Multipurpose Initiative (CAMI), a Bay Area-based international consortium of advocates and researchers that promotes the use of multipurpose contraceptives to prevent HIV, STIs and unintended pregnancy. "The South Africa study results give us hope that prevention tools will be available that will empower women and couples to protect themselves against HIV and address other sexual and reproductive health needs." more
Center for Technology and Aging Expert Panel Identifies How Older Americans Can Use Technology to Enhance Social Action
June 30, 2010
As Americans face continuing economic, social and health-related challenges, some observers believe the voices of older Americans may be drowned out unless they strengthen their organizing efforts through adoption of social networking and communication technologies.
The relationship between social action, technology and older Americans was the subject of a recent expert panel convened by the Center for Technology and Aging on behalf of The SCAN Foundation. The panel's insights have been published in a new report, ""Enhancing Social Action for Older Adults Through Technology,"" available on The Scan Foundation web site. more
Public Health Institute President Heralds 'New Day' for Tobacco Control as FDA Starts Regulating the Industry
June 21, 2010
New U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tobacco regulations that go into effect today are a major step toward ensuring that the tobacco industry does not continue to lure generations of children and youth into a lifetime of smoking, the Public Health Institute (PHI) said today.
"This action has the power to stop Big Tobacco from pushing addictive and ultimately lethal products on innocent children," said John R. Seffrin, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society and a PHI board member. "It is time to end Big Tobacco's unfettered access to our nation's youth, 3,500 of whom will pick up their first cigarette today." more
May 18, 2010
Alcohol companies are using the latest new media technologies to promote their products using methods that appeal to youth, explains a new report released today from the Center for Digital Democracy and Berkeley Media Studies Group of the Public Health Institute.
"Alcohol Marketing in the Digital Age" details how beer and alcohol companies are targeting consumers through social media, online video, mobile phone applications, and virtual online communities. more
Physician Screening of Patients for Partner Violence and Substance Use Should Become Standard Practice, PHI Urges
April 28, 2010
The Public Health Institute (PHI) endorses new recommendations for doctors to routinely screen adult patients for indications of intimate partner violence (IPV) and substance abuse given that nearly 4 million Californians are victims of sexual or physical intimate violence during adulthood.
The recommendations are part of a new policy brief, published today by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. "This study reveals just how widespread this serious public health issue is in California and can help steer us in the right direction by encouraging improved physician screening," said Mary A. Pittman, DrPH, president and CEO of the Public Health Institute. more
Leading Health Organization Applauds Passage of Nation's First Ordinance Addressing Restaurant Toy Giveaways
April 27, 2010
Santa Clara County's new model ordinance sets healthy nutritional standards for restaurant food that comes with toys or other incentive items, according to a public health expert from the Public Health Institute (PHI), a California nonprofit.
"Santa Clara County has taken a critical step in addressing the unethical marketing that promotes a 24/7 diet of calories, fat, sugar and salt to our kids,"" said PHI's Carmen Nevarez, MD, MPH, vice president for external relations and preventive medicine advisor at PHI and president of the American Public Health Association. more
April 01, 2010
The Public Health Institute was named one of the top "50 Best NonProfits To Work For In 2010" today by The NonProfit Times, a nonprofit business management publication.
The Best Companies Group in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, conducted the search for the outstanding nonprofit workplaces, ranking the Public Health Institute (PHI) sixth among large nonprofit employers with 250 or more employees and 27th out of 50 organizations. more
March 01, 2010
The Health Impact Project today announced the award of a $150,000 grant to the Oakland-based Public Health Institute to collaborate with the California Department of Public Health on a health impact assessment (HIA) of a proposed "cap-and-trade" regulation under California's 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act.
The study will analyze the health impacts of this landmark proposal and provide a health-based analysis to inform the California rulemaking process.Health impact assessment is a flexible, data-driven tool that identifies the health benefits and consequences of new policies and develops practical strategies to minimize any adverse effects, ensuring the best possible health outcomes. The findings of this HIA will support health-based recommendations to protect and promote health, and also could inform leaders in other states looking to California's regulations as a model for future efforts. more
February 17, 2010
John Seffrin, PhD, has been chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society since 1992, but his first encounter with the disease dates to his childhood. His grandmother, who was living with his family at the time, died of cancer when he was only 10 years old. He has since lost his mother to cancer, and his wife of 43 years is a breast cancer survivor. more
February 04, 2010
Technology Companies, Health Professionals, and Federal, State, and Local Agencies Combine Forces to Provide Free Health Information Via Text Messages
Pregnant women and new mothers will be able to get health information delivered regularly to their mobile phones by text message at no charge under an innovative public service program being launched today by a coalition of mobile phone service providers, health professionals, and Federal, State, and Local agencies.The new program, called text4baby, is a free mobile information service that provides timely health information to women from early pregnancy through their babies' first year. The service sends important health tips that are timed to the mother's stage of pregnancy or the baby's age. more
Center for Technology and Aging's First Ever Technology Diffusion Grants will Help Older Adults Better Use Their Medications
January 05, 2010
The Center for Technology and Aging today announced grants to five organizations for projects that promise to help improve medication use in older adults with chronic health conditions. Each project involves the use of one or more technologies in a coordinated effort with patients, families and caregivers - such as pharmacists, home health agency staff, and physicians - to help improve the independence of older adults as well as to avoid medication-related issues that potentially result in harm, hospitalization or higher health care costs.
"These projects will help broaden the adoption of important technologies that make a huge difference in the quality of life for older adults who rely on medications to manage chronic conditions," said David Lindeman, PhD, director of the Center for Technology and Aging. more
November 30, 2009
As thousands gather in Las Vegas this week for the largest U.S. rodeo event of the year, activists are praising the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) for ending its national sponsorship contract with the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (USSTC) after 2009.
"We applaud the PRCA for ending tobacco sponsorship of its rodeos," said Andrea Craig Dodge, director of the Buck Tobacco Sponsorship Project. "Tobacco marketing including sampling booths, scoreboards, banners, and ads gives young rodeo audience members the message that using tobacco is part of being an adult cowboy or rodeo fan." more
Berkeley Media Studies Group, Prevention Institute Honored for Creating Web Site to Promote Shared Use of Gyms, Playgrounds
November 22, 2009
Berkeley Media Studies Group and Prevention Institute have won a prestigious award for together creating an interactive Web site, www.jointuse.org, that promotes the shared use of play facilities by schools and communities to increase opportunities for children and adults to be active.
The Society for New Communications Research in San Jose recently presented its 2009 Excellence in New Communications Awards, which honor pioneers in the use of social media, mobile media, online communities and collaborative technologies. "Jointuse.org is an impressive example of the successful and innovative use of new tools, technologies, solutions and practices to enhance communications and relationships," commented Jen McClure, founder and president of the society. more
November 04, 2009
Carmen Nevarez, MD, a longtime champion for the public's health and a vice president of the Public Health Institute, will become the 138th president of the American Public Health Association (APHA) on November 11 at the organization's annual meeting in Philadelphia.
"We welcome Dr. Nevarez as she begins her term as president of the American Public Health Association," said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP(E), executive director of APHA. "She brings to this post decades of remarkable experience both as a public health leader and practitioner. Dr. Nevarez is immensely capable and is a terrific choice to help guide the association, expand its reach and bolster its work to improve and protect the public's health." more
New Study Suggests Multivitamin Supplements May Play Role in Preventing Miscarriages Associated with Drinking
November 01, 2009
Results of a new study may be good news for millions of women who drink moderately during early pregnancy and their risk of miscarriage. Researchers associated with the Alcohol Research Group (ARG), a program of the Public Health Institute (PHI) and at School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), have found that multivitamin supplements may play a protective role against miscarriages attributed to early pregnancy alcohol consumption.
The study, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, finds that women of childbearing years might reduce their risk of miscarriage associated with alcohol consumption by taking multivitamin supplements. more
October 27, 2009
The Public Health Institute strongly supports Trust for America's Health's urgent call for states to address public health impacts as they craft and promulgate their plans for managing impacts related to climate change.
Trust for America's Health (TFAH) has released a new report that finds only five states have published a strategic climate change plan that includes a public health response. This includes planning for health challenges and emergencies expected to develop from natural disasters, pollution, and infectious diseases as temperatures and sea levels rise. more