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"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

PHI Statement on U.S. Trade Representative Efforts to Stop Front of Package Labels

March 23, 2018

The Public Health Institute opposes efforts by the US Trade Representative and the food industry to use NAFTA negotiations as a back door to block Latin America's important innovations in front-of-package (FOP) food labeling.  more

“Science, not stigma.” PHI Statement on White House Proposal to Address Opioid Epidemic

March 19, 2018

"The Public Health Institute supports many of the common-sense strategies proposed by the President of the United States today to address the country’s snowballing opioid crisis. We endorse strategies built on public health practice and science, not stigma or criminalization."  more

"Are we saving lives or the gun industry?" PHI Statement on Mass Shooting in Florida

February 15, 2018

"Mass shootings in America are tragic and they are preventable...It is time for our leaders to decide whether they are in the business of saving lives or saving the gun industry. It is time to stop the bullets."  more

PHI Statement on House Appropriations Committee Short-term CR: "Pitting community health centers against the Prevention Fund is a lose-lose"

February 06, 2018

"The Public Health Institute is firmly opposed to the House Appropriations Committee's latest short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) proposal, which drains the Prevention and Public Health Fund (Prevention Fund) to pay for community health centers and other programs. The Public Health Institute wholeheartedly supports funding for community health centers, but to do so at the expense of the public’s health is foolhardy and shortsighted."

Read our full statement.   more

Leading Public Health Groups: Using the Prevention Fund to Help Fund CHIP is A Serious Mistake

December 22, 2017

It is a serious mistake to cut $750 million from the Prevention and Public Health Fund to provide very short-term funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and community health centers. Read the full statement the American Public Health Association, National Association of County and City Health Officials, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute, and Trust for America’s Health.  more

"Americans will suffer": PHI Statement on Passage of Tax Bill

December 20, 2017

"Today, Congress sent a tax plan to the President for his signature. While the White House is celebrating, Americans are suffering: this tax bill is bad for the health and welfare of the American people."  more

"Recipes for health disasters." PHI Statement on Congressional Tax-Reform Proposals

November 15, 2017

"The house and senate are currently considering different versions of a tax-reform plan that they intend to reconcile and move forward on. There is no compromise: both versions are bad for the health and welfare of the American people."  more

"We must leverage every resource," PHI statement on Opioid Emergency Declaration

October 26, 2017

“PHI welcomes today’s call from the White House to declare an opioid emergency. With an epidemic that is killing 175 Americans a day, we must leverage every resource we have to save lives and turn the tide."  more

Joint Statement from Health Leaders on Revocation of Clean Power Plan

October 10, 2017

"Today’s proposal to revoke the Clean Power Plan is inconsistent with the EPA's core mission of protecting public health and the environment. The Clean Power Plan, adopted in 2015, would have substantially reduced carbon pollution and other emissions from power plants, and prevented an estimated 90,000 pediatric asthma attacks and 3,600 premature deaths each year once fully implemented. Revoking this lifesaving plan denies Americans these health protections and removes crucial tools to reduce pollution that causes climate change."  more

"Control over when and if to have children is a basic human right": PHI Statement on Withdrawal of Contraception Mandate

October 06, 2017

"The Public Health Institute stands firmly opposed to the Trump Administration's new rule issued today by HHS which limits the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate—effectively guaranteeing a drastic decrease in the number of women in the US who are able to access free contraceptives."  more

When we know what works: PHI Statement on Las Vegas and Puerto Rico

October 02, 2017

"I have made my life’s work the prevention of illness and promotion of health. So many of my PHI coworkers—and so many of you—have spent decades researching and evaluating issues to uncover what works to keep people safe, healthy and alive. My heart is breaking this week for the lives that have been lost due to gun violence in Las Vegas, and the deaths occurring and soon to come in the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. And I am angry, because we already know what to do to stop these kinds of deaths from happening."  more

Graham-Cassidy Would "Greatly Harm the Nation’s Health"

September 25, 2017

“Graham-Cassidy would do untold damage to the nation’s health, unraveling the progress we’ve made to expand access to quality, affordable healthcare, reorient our healthcare system to value prevention and equity, and invest in a healthier future for all Americans.  more

"Unworkable and Unfair": PHI Statement on Graham-Cassidy Proposal to Repeal ACA

September 19, 2017

"The Public Health Institute is opposed to the latest version of Affordable Care Act repeal being proposed in the U.S. Senate. The Graham-Cassidy proposal is just as bad as previous versions of ACA repeal—it would eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund, gut Medicaid funding, and weaken current protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

"We call for a bipartisan approach that would realistically, affordably and equitably improve the health and well-being of the American people."  more

PHI Statement on Fully Funding Programs that Address Health Disparities in the FY 2018 LHHS Appropriations Bill

September 07, 2017

"Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee marked up their Labor Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies FY2018 Appropriations bill. PHI fully supports the $2 billion increase to NIH from FY17, the continuation of critical programs like immunization grants and certain chronic disease prevention programs, full funding of the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network, continued funding for state grants to target the opioid abuse crisis, and the Committee’s prioritization of telehealth. 

"However, we are strongly disappointed that funding for the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program was not included. REACH is the nation’s only community-based program working to tackle racial and ethnic health disparities and chronic disease risk factors that are the leading cause of morbidity and death in some of America’s most vulnerable communities. We call on members of congress to restore this vital funding in conference."  more

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