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Public Health Institute Urges the President to Support a National Prevention and Wellness Strategy

October 14, 2009

Dear President Obama,

As health reform legislation moves forward in both the House and the Senate, the Public Health Institute expresses strong support for the public health and prevention provisions included in the Senate HELP Committee's Affordable Health Choices Act and the House Tri-Committee's America's Affordable Health Choices Act. Sustained investment in community prevention, wellness, and public health programs is essential if we are to have comprehensive health reform that will help in the fight against chronic disease, enhance quality of life, and reduce health care costs for millions of Americans.  more

In Honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, PHI Encourages Women to Take Control of Their Breast Health

September 30, 2009

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in California and the number two cancer-related killer of women, behind lung cancer. In observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Public Health Institute (PHI) encourages women to take control of their breast health by having regular doctor screening exams and annual mammograms if they are over age 40 and by routinely examining their breasts for any changes.

"More than 22,000 California women will be newly diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, and more than 4,100 California women will die from the disease, according to California Cancer Registry estimates,"  more

Experts Urge More Caution in the Continued Use of DDT

May 04, 2009

A panel of international scientists is calling for stronger efforts to reduce exposure to DDT in areas where it is still used and in areas where significant contamination remains.

Based on recent studies that show a link between DDT and human health, the panel urges more understanding of the health effects of exposure to the pesticide as well as development of alternatives to using it to control malaria. Scientists from the Oakland-based Public Health Institute (PHI) and University of California at Berkeley (UCB) along with several researchers from African nations expressed their concerns about DDT, following a review of nearly 500 epidemiological studies published online today in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.  more

Public Health Institute Leader Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

April 20, 2009

Carol Woltring, a longtime public health leader and program director at the Public Health Institute (PHI), has been awarded the National Leadership Development Network's top honor.The Balderson Lifetime Public Health Leadership Award recognizes extraordinary contributions to the field of public health throughout a long career. Woltring is being honored for...  more

Prevention Must Be Pillar of Health Reform

April 06, 2009

"Seventy-five cents of every health care dollar is spent battling chronic disease, and the major factors causing them are smoking, poor diet and inactivity. But California's fight against tobacco demonstrated that changing the environment to emphasize well-executed prevention and wellness strategies can turn unhealthy trends around," Carmen Rita Nevarez, MD, said in comments following the Western Regional White House Forum on Health Care Reform today.

"Prevention and wellness must be a pillar in any effort to reform the health system,"  more

Virus Found in Stillborn Babies May Impact Future Pregnancies, Study Finds

February 01, 2009

A virus connected to human stillborn babies may impact an affected woman's subsequent pregnancies and cause defects in the developing nervous system, according to recent studies published in the science journal Birth Defects Research.

Prepared by researchers at the California-based Public Health Institute and the Swedish research organization Apodemus, the series of three peer-reviewed journal articles sheds new light on the causes of stillbirth, which can cause tremendous sorrow and confusion among families affected. It also adds to a growing body of knowledge about the Ljungan (pronounced "yoon-gun") virus, which was first isolated in Swedish field mice following an investigation into the sudden deaths of several young Swedish athletes in the 1990s.  more

PHI Welcomes New Board Members

January 12, 2009

The Public Health Institute has elected three new members to its board of directors: Frederick A. Hessler, John G. O'Brien and Kimberlydawn Wisdom. They joined the board on January 1, 2009.

Hessler is the managing director of Citigroup's health care group; O'Brien is president and chief executive officer of UMass Memorial Health Care, Inc., central New England's largest not-for-profit health care system; Wisdom is Michigan's first surgeon general.  more

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