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On Food Day, PHI Asks Congress to Safeguard Funding for a Healthy, Sustainable Food System and Essential Nutrition Programs

October 24, 2011

In recognition of Food Day, the Public Health Institute joins with its partners to push for a national commitment to building a healthy, sustainable and equitable food system. Today this commitment carries a special urgency, as crucial food and farm policy decisions get taken up as part of the deficit reduction process.  more

PHI Applauds New Guidelines That Assure Critical Preventive Health Services for Women

August 01, 2011

The Public Health Institute (PHI) welcomes today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of new guidelines that will ensure women receive critical preventive health services at no additional cost. This is an important step forward in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act that will help to address health disparities, reduce health care costs and save lives.   more

PHI Praises Childhood Obesity Conference's Focus on Health in All Policies, Calls for Nation to Stem Childhood Obesity

June 28, 2011

On the opening day of the 6th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference, the Public Health Institute applauds the conference theme, "Celebrating Success and Moving Toward Health in All Policies." PHI calls for national adoption of a health in all policies approach to stem the childhood obesity epidemic, one of the most critical health issues facing the United States.  more

PHI Hails National Prevention Strategy as a 'Breakthrough Moment' for American's Health

June 16, 2011

The Public Health Institute welcomes the release of the historic National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy. This blueprint for realigning the country's health system is recognition, at long last, of the paramount role that prevention should play in promoting health, containing medical care costs and reducing the burden of disease.  more

As UN Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases Approaches, PHI President Calls for Stepped-Up Prevention and Treatment Efforts

June 10, 2011

Public Health Institute President Mary Pittman Calls UN High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases a singular opportunity for U.N. agencies and member states to demonstrate leadership in their NCD surveillance and prevention activities.  more

New Study Highlights Need to Protect Human Health from Impacts of Climate Change

June 08, 2011

The recent discovery of a potentially harmful chemical component, isocyanic acid, in tobacco smoke, urban pollution and smoke from wildfires underscores the need to include safeguards for human health in local, state and national policies to address climate change, the Public Health Institute said Wednesday.  more

Public Health Institute Names Sandra Galvez to Lead Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative

May 23, 2011

The Public Health Institute has named Sandra E. Galvez to be director of the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII), the only regional collaborative of local health departments in the nation that addresses the social and environmental conditions that shape a community's health.  more

On Earth Day, the Public Health Institute Calls Attention to How the Environment Impacts Health

April 22, 2011

The Public Health Institute celebrates Earth Day, emphasizing that efforts to protect the environment and advance environmental sustainability also contribute to public heath.  more

Public Health Institute Congratulates Ethiopian Federal Minister of Health on Humanitarian Award

March 22, 2011

The Public Health Institute congratulates Ethiopian Federal Minister of Health Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a global health leader and malaria research expert, for receiving the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Award for Humanitarian Contributions to the Health of Mankind for 2011.  more

PHI Insists U.S. Cannot Afford to Lose Ground in Prevention, Public Health in Federal Budget Process

February 14, 2011

While President Obama's proposed 2012 budget reflects the difficult choices that must be made in this troubled economic time, it also contains a blueprint for continued advances in public health domestically and globally, the Public Health Institute said today. Significantly, the budget maintains support for health care reform while increasing funding for biomedical research and nutrition programs for underserved communities as well as for low-income women and children.  more

Teh-wei Hu Appointed to CDC Panel on Smoking and Health

February 07, 2011

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has appointed prominent Public Health Institute tobacco control expert Teh-wei Hu to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention committee on smoking and health.  more

Hector Perez Receives PHI Innovation Award

January 11, 2011

The Public Health Institute is pleased to announce that Hector Perez, MD, program coordinator of Puentes de Esperanza, is the recipient of the Adeline Hackett Innovations Initiative Small Grant Program for 2010 for a plan to stop the spread of multiple drug resistant tuberculosis among children.  more

PHI Statement on 2011 California State Budget Proposal

January 10, 2011

In response to the governor's release of a state budget proposal that would make significant cuts to health care and safety net programs, the Public Health Institute has committed to working with the Brown Administration and the state Legislature to find ways to mitigate cuts that would undermine the public's health.  more

PHI Statement on "Vision California: Charting Our Future"

June 25, 2010

The Public Health Institute welcomes the release of Governor Schwarzenegger's Vision California report, "Vision California: Charting Our Future." The report emphasizes the need for significant land use changes and renewed investment in public transit options.  more

PHI puts focus on National Public Health Week: Creating healthy communities theme promotes big and small changes

April 05, 2010

In observance of National Public Health Week, the Public Health Institute encourages all Americans to promote good health by making big and small changes in their communities, from planting a fruit tree in the yard to starting a walking group with co-workers and advocating to remove trans-fats from school menus. By acting family by family, neighborhood by neighborhood, school by school and workplace by workplace, we can create healthier communities and build a healthier nation.  more

Public Health Institute observes World TB Day

March 22, 2010

Although tuberculosis is at historic lows in the U.S. and California, the disease remains a worldwide epidemic and poses a threat to everyone who breathes because it is spread through travel and migration. Therefore, in recognition of World TB Day on March 24, the Public Health Institute urges state and local public health departments to continue their vigorous efforts to prevent, monitor and treat this age-old disease.  more

PHI Statement on Health in All Policies Task Force

March 11, 2010

Governor Schwarzenegger called needed attention to the role government actions play in influencing whether the communities we live in foster healthy eating and physical activity when he ordered the state's Strategic Growth Council to establish a Health in All Policies Task Force at his recent obesity summit. The Public Health Institute welcomes this important focus and looks forward to supporting the work of the task force.  more

Public Health Institute Tests New Treatment for Methamphetamine Addiction in Contra Costa County

January 20, 2010

Methamphetamine use is rapidly increasing and reaching epidemic proportions in certain parts of the country such as the western United States. The addiction afflicts more than 400,000 people in the country and costs the society more than 20 billion dollars every year.  more

Public Health Institute Commemorates Senator Kennedy for His Contributions to the Nation's Health

August 27, 2009

Senator Kennedy was a constant and dedicated advocate for improving health care and public health services for all Americans. During his 46 years as a U.S. Senator, he left an indelible mark on our country and served as a champion for equity, social justice and human rights. Senator Kennedy was a true leader and an icon in public life.

The priorities that Senator Kennedy pursued through his legislative work, whether in promoting civil rights and social justice, supporting public health and chronic disease prevention, particularly cancer, or increasing access to quality health care, are central to the mission and goals of the Public Health Institute. So much of our own work owes a debt to his leadership and vision over so many years. His legacy will continue to improve the lives of people for decades to come.  more

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