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"Diversity is what unites us." PHI Statement on Administration Decision to End DACA

September 05, 2017

"America is a nation of immigrants, and the Public Health Institute stands with each of them, regardless of immigration status. PHI decries, in the strongest of terms, the federal administration’s misguided call to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program."  more

Standing With Charlottesville

August 16, 2017

"Hatred, bigotry and racism are simply unacceptable, and we each have a role we can play in identifying it and ameliorating it, particularly people in leadership positions who speak for their organization, their corporation, or the nation. Each of us can discuss what paved the way for this event and examine the root causes of hatred and bigotry. As we know, racism did not begin or end with the hatred in Charlottesville, but each step we take to address it makes us healthier, stronger and better—as public health professionals, as community members and as citizens. Today we all need to examine our own values, speak out and take action about what we want this country to stand for."  more

PHI Statement on Call for Opioid State of Emergency

August 03, 2017

"PHI welcomes the call from the federal Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis to declare a state of emergency to combat the nation’s opioid emergency. The epidemic is killing 142 people a day, and needs an urgent, bipartisan and multi-sector public health response to solve it."  more

"You kept your voices loud and led with your hearts": PHI Statement on Senate Vote Against ACA Repeal

July 28, 2017

PHI applauds the courageous senators who last night listened to doctors, health care and public health providers, insurers, and most importantly the majority of the American people, and cast their votes to keep healthcare accessible and affordable for all. Read the full statement from PHI President and CEO Mary Pittman.  more

Public Health Groups Decry Potential Elimination of the Prevention and Public Health Fund in Senate Bills

July 27, 2017

The Senate is expected to soon vote on a ‘skinny’ repeal bill that would target key components of the Affordable Care Act – including potentially eliminating the Prevention and Public Health Fund.This short-sighted move would cause long-term damage to our nation’s health. Read the joint statement from American Public Health Association, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute, Society of Public Health Education, and Trust for America’s Health.  more

PHI Statement on Fully Funding Programs that Address Health Disparities in the FY 2018 Labor-HHS-Educations Appropriations Bill

July 19, 2017

As the House Appropriations Committee marks up the Labor Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies FY2018 Appropriations bill, PHI encourages members to include full funding for public health and health equity programs. The Public Health Institute endorses the amendment offered by Representatives Barbara Lee and José Serrano that fully funds critical programs to address health disparities including HHS’s Office of Minority Health and the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Program (REACH), the nation’s only community-based program working to tackle racial and ethnic health disparities.  more

"Bad, Bad, Bad": PHI Statement on Senate Healthcare Proposal

June 22, 2017

The bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, released today by the senate, is bad for public health, bad for our health, and bad for our country.  more

Public Health Leaders Make Urgent Joint Call to Protect Prevention and Healthcare

June 20, 2017

The fight to protect public health is more important than ever.

The Senate is moving quickly—and secretively—on their version of legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While we don’t know the content of the bill, we do know that the House-passed repeal bill—the American Health Care Act—would cause over 23 million people to lose their healthcare, restructure Medicaid, pare down essential benefits like maternity and newborn care, result in the loss of over a million American jobs, and zero out the Prevention and Public Health Fund. 

Read the joint statement from the American Public Health Association, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute and Trust for America's Health.  more

“A Perilous Course.” Public Health Institute Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Accord

June 01, 2017

Climate change is perhaps the most important public health issue of our time. Aggressive, unilateral and mutual action is urgently needed to protect our people and our planet. The U.S. President’s decision today to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord is a mistake that, if not quickly undone, puts the entire world on a perilous course. Read our full statement.  more

Not New, Not a Foundation, Not Great: White House Budget Proposal

May 23, 2017

The President’s proposed FY2018 Budget “A New Foundation for American Greatness” is not new, not a foundation, and is far from great. By gutting the National Institutes of Health including the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Environmental Protection Agency, the State Department/USAID, USDA nutrition programs and others, this budget divests from the public health and safety net infrastructure that keeps our country strong, healthy and secure. 

The Public Health Institute opposes this budget and urges members of congress to reject it.  more

PHI Statement on the Revived House Health Care Plan: Less Coverage, Higher Cost

May 04, 2017

The Public Health Institute strongly opposes today's action taken by the House to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), by 217-213. This misguided and harmful bill works against basic principles of community health, wellness and care and jeopardizes the health and lives of many Americans. The Senate must act decisively and with unity to make sure this dangerous bill is stopped.


Statements on the President’s "Energy Independence" Executive Order

March 28, 2017

The Public Health Institute is strongly opposed to President Trump's new "Energy Independence" Executive Order. Ensuring access to clean air and water is a fundamental tenant of health and a necessity for healthy people, places and planet.   more

PHI Statement on Defeat of American Health Care Act

March 24, 2017

The Public Health Institute joins stakeholders and communities across the country in applauding the defeat of the American Health Care Act, the House health care ‘replacement’ plan that would have devastated millions of Americans—particularly the most vulnerable among us: seniors, children, the sickest and the poorest. Failure to advance the American Health Care Act is a victory for the American people.  more

A Blueprint for American Decline: PHI Statement on White House Budget Proposal

March 16, 2017

Slashing funding for key agencies such as NIH, HHS, EPA, USDA, the state department and USAID undermines the foundation of what keeps America healthy and secure—science and research on critical issues like cancer, programs that aid the vulnerable, and public health infrastructure and global investments in health that provide stability and security here at home.  more

Neither Health, Nor Care: PHI Statement on CBO Scoring of House Health Care Proposal

March 13, 2017

"Today’s scoring by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirms what doctors, hospitals, public health organizations and the American public know: the proposed Republican 'health care' plan does not promote health, or care, for many Americans."  more

"Untenable": PHI Statement on House Health Care Proposal

March 07, 2017

"PHI is strongly opposed to the health care ‘replacement’ plan put forward by the House this week. Quite simply, it puts the health and security of the United States at risk. Access to affordable healthcare, prevention, and solid public health infrastructure are critical components of the stability and health of our country. They are now in jeopardy."  more

PHI Statement on Efforts to Repeal ACA

January 10, 2017

The Public Health Institute strongly opposes any efforts to repeal or weaken the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The nation's landmark health law strengthens, supports and improves public health and health infrastructure across the country. Read the statement from PHI President and CEO Mary Pittman.  more

Statement on Cuts to Prevention Fund for Cures Act

December 12, 2016

"Earlier this month, Congress approved the 21st Century Cures Act, a large-scale piece of legislation that aims to speed the recovery of cures for deadly diseases. Although the Public Health Institute is fully supportive of many aspects of the bill, we are disheartened that yet again investments in public health are put last."  more

PHI Statement on 2016 Elections

November 15, 2016

As the president of an organization whose work and values are centered on health and equity, I am devastated and deeply concerned by the rhetoric and actions of racism, intolerance and violence that led up to and have grown louder in the aftermath of last week’s election. Bigotry, hatred and intolerance do not build health nor foster equity; division does not lead to growth and strength.  more

PHI Statement on the 2016 Bay Area Soda Tax Initiatives

November 08, 2016

The writing is on the wall. Voters will no longer tolerate the devastating impact sugar sweetened beverages on their loved ones and communities.  PHI was proud to join a broad coalition of organizations and individuals from all walks of life from the three Bay Area communities in supporting these measures. Their dedication bore fruit today.  more

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