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"Truth and Evidence < Deep Pockets, Deceptive Tactics": PHI statement on AB138 Delay

April 22, 2019

"AB138, the California Community Health Fund bill authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom and co-sponsored by the Public Health Institute that would have added a two cent tax to soda purchases, has been named a "two-year" bill. This would hold the bill in the Assembly Revenue & Taxation Committee ensuring it won't move forward through the legislative process until next year."

 

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"On the Side of the Public's Health": PHI Statement on AB138

April 09, 2019

“The Public Health Institute congratulates the California State Assembly Health Committee for today passing out of committee the California Community Health Fund (AB 138, Bloom), a statewide sugar-sweetened beverage tax whose revenues would be invested in community prevention and health equity."  more

"Climate change is an emergency": PHI Statement on HR9

March 27, 2019

"Today, leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced H.R. 9 - the Climate Action Now Act. The Public Health Institute strongly supports this bill, which calls for the U.S. to honor its commitment to the Paris climate agreement and requires the president to submit a plan to Congress within 120 days that outlines how the U.S. will do so."  more

PHI Statement on Dr. Burke Harris Appointment as CA State Surgeon General

January 23, 2019

"The role of the first-ever state surgeon general is pivotal:  she must set the vision and create an ambitious roadmap for the public’s health that will have impacts on generations to come. We can think of no one better equipped to lead that work than Dr. Burke Harris."  more

"No one left out or left behind." PHI statement welcoming CA Governor Gavin Newsom

January 14, 2019

PHI welcomes California Governor Gavin Newsom to his new role leading the golden state, and along his continued path to keep every person who lives here happy, healthy and strong. We support the bold vision Governor Newsom laid out, in particular his recognition of the critical importance of health and public health infrastructure for the state—and his determination that no one in California will be left out or left behind. 

 
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Government Shutdown Puts the Public’s Health at Risk; Potential for Harm Increases as Impasse Continues

January 10, 2019

The ongoing shutdown is having a negative impact on the public’s health, both directly and by impacting other factors that influence health such as nutrition support programs at the Department of Agriculture and rental assistance programs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. That impact will only grow and become more detrimental if the shutdown continues.  more

Healthier Foods for More People: PHI Statement on 2018 Farm Bill

December 21, 2018

The Public Health Institute strongly supports the 2018 Farm Bill (the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018) signed into law and applauds the bipartisan leadership from the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Together, they forged agreement on a legislative proposal that protects the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and SNAP nutrition education, critical programs that ensure no one goes hungry.

 
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PHI Statement on the 30th Anniversary of World AIDS Day

November 30, 2018

December 1 is the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day. It is an international day of remembrance and action so that people with HIV can live with dignity and health, and a reminder to set our sights toward a world where HIV no longer spreads. While we have made incredible progress there are still people getting infected, particularly in black and African American communities, and there are more than 2 million children around the world living with HIV.  more

PHI Statement on California Proposed Flavored Tobacco Ban

November 29, 2018

The Public Health Institute strongly supports the ground-breaking proposal to ban flavored tobacco products, including menthol and vaping products, announced this week by California state legislators. PHI would urge that the legislature further strengthen the proposal by including the prohibition of flavored cannabis products for smoking and vaping. The emerging cannabis industry been copying directly from the tobacco industry's playbook in its efforts to market to youth, by launching products like strawberry banana pre-rolls and flavored vaping fluids. As we move forward to end the tobacco industry's predatory marketing to youth and communities of color, we need to make sure we stop similar predatory practices in the new legal cannabis industry as well.  more

"Climate change is a global public health emergency. There is no time to waste.": PHI Statement on Federal Climate Report

November 26, 2018

"The just-released National Climate Assessment makes it clear that climate change threatens the health and well-being of the American people, and worsens health inequities—from extreme weather disasters, to air quality, to the transmission of disease through insects and pests, to food and water shortages. The Public Health Institute calls for immediate implementation of adaptation and mitigation policies to reduce the number of injuries, illnesses, and deaths from climate-related health outcomes. The U.S. must also make a significant reduction in carbon emissions and short-lived climate pollutants, or face rapid environmental changes that could overwhelm our capacity to adapt to them."  more

"Stand against intolerance and strengthen the bonds of solidarity.": PHI Statement

October 30, 2018

"Last week was a terrible week for our nation. The anti-Semitic mass murder of worshipers in a Pittsburgh synagogue, the race-motivated killings of two African-Americans in Kentucky, and the series of bombs mailed to prominent political figures were not isolated. They were connected by hate and fomented by an intolerance of difference and an increasingly deadly tolerance of nationalist and racist ideology."  more

"Transgender and intersex people cannot be erased—their rights and health should not be either."

October 25, 2018

"Withdrawing the civil rights that have only just begun to be extended to transgender and intersex people across our nation could have devastating mental and physical health impacts. Transgender and intersex people have always been an important part of communities and cultures. They cannot be erased—their rights and health should not be either."  more

"Climate change impacts are not contained by boundaries—nor are its solutions."

September 10, 2018

"Governor Jerry Brown today cemented California’s role as a global leader in the quest to reign in climate change and protect the health of the world and its residents, by signing into law Senate Bill 100, which sets a 100% clean electricity goal for the state by 2045, and issuing a new target to achieve carbon neutrality by the same year. PHI applauds the state, Governor Brown, and SB 100 sponsor Senator Kevin de León for their vision and international leadership."  more

PHI Statement on Passage of Senate Farm Bill

June 28, 2018

"The Public Health Institute warmly welcomes the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill, by the U.S. Senate on a vote of 86 to 11. We congratulate Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow on their strong leadership to forge agreement on bipartisan legislation that protects the integrity of SNAP and SNAP nutrition education."  more

"Big Soda Profits; Health and Voters Lose": PHI Statement on passage of AB 1838

June 28, 2018

"The Public Health Institute is deeply disappointed at the passage of AB 1838 (Ting), the budget trailer bill that will prevent California residents from passing laws in their cities and counties to tax sugar sweetened beverages."  more

"Subverting the Democratic Process": PHI Statement on California Bill to Preempt Local Measures

June 25, 2018

The Public Health Institute is strongly opposed to California Senate Bill (SB) 872, a budget trailer bill that would prevent California residents from passing laws in their cities and counties to tax sugar sweetened beverages, and eliminating one of the most powerful tools available to protect the health of their communities.   more

Sign-on letter: Public health implications of family separation at the border

June 21, 2018

As organizations committed to protecting the public’s health and championing the health of all people, we are deeply concerned by the treatment of the families seeking asylum at the United States-Mexico border. We are alarmed by the environment that has materialized as a result of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy and we worry that this has set the stage for a public health crisis.  more

PHI Statement on House Passage of H.R. 2, Farm Bill

June 21, 2018

"Proposed program changes would cause more than 1 million low-income households, comprised of about 2 million people, to lose their benefits altogether or have them reduced. Many of those targeted to lose benefits are low-income, working families with children. It  would also weaken the integrity of the SNAP nutrition education program and threaten the delivery of services that help low-income families use their SNAP dollars more efficiently and make healthier food choices."  more

"A Lifetime Sentence of Poorer Health": PHI Statement on Federal Family Separation Practice

June 18, 2018

The Public Health Institute joins hundreds of organizations, and hundreds of thousands of American citizens, in decrying the federal administration’s recently introduced decision to wrench children away from their immigrating parents at the U.S. southern border. It is cruel, traumatizing, may have lifelong health impacts, and is against everything we stand for as an organization—and everything we should stand for as a country. Each of the thousands of children being detained in these prison-like camps is, in effect, being sentenced to a lifetime of poorer health—a sentence they have not asked for and certainly do not deserve. And every day that this policy continues makes it more dire.  more

PHI Statement on HR2, Proposed Farm Bill

April 16, 2018

“PHI is strongly opposed to draft farm bill legislation, H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, released last week by the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. The bill, if passed, would undermine the health, well-being and food security of millions of Americans."  more

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