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Capacity Building

Climate Change and Health Communications: Workshop Summary (2016)

Health is a shared value across a wide spectrum of the U.S. population. Using a health frame to communicate to the public and policy makers ab...

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Connecting the Capital (Web Forum Series) (2016)

Financial capital is a critical component of creating healthier, equitable communities, in California. At a time when public and philanthropic reso...

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Healthy Stores, Healthy Shoppers (2016)

Studies show the majority of shoppers’ food purchasing decisions are made in the store, but identifying healthy choices can be challenging fo...

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Horizon 2030: Meeting California’s Primary Care Workforce Needs (2016)

Help spread the word with a tweet: How can we address CA's primary care workforce shortage & improve health? New report: http://bit.ly...

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Inspiring Healthy Communities: Empowering Youth in Los Angeles County (2016)

Engaging youth using Youth-led Participatory Action Research (YPAR) is a growing public health approach to address nutrition and obesity-related il...

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10 Steps to Setting Up a School Fruit and Vegetable Stand (2015)

How to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables in small rural communities in the Central Valley—and beyond Numerous studies show t...

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Build Your Best Global Health Resume (2015)

What does your resume say to a global health employer? Watch the Google Hangout recording from PHI's Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) ...

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Community Health Workers & Hospitals: Emerging Trends (2015)

A Conversation with Kevin Barnett, Grace Damio, and Carl Rush  What are some of the best or most innovative ways hospitals are using commu...

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Jargon Buster: Community Development and Public Health (2015)

The Jargon Buster, a new tool from PHI's Build Healthy Places Network, aims to demystify common industry jargon—and in doing so, bri...

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Making the Case for Linking Community Development and Health (2015)

A resource for those working to improve low-income communities and the lives of the people living in them For years, community development...

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MeasureUp (2015)

Looking for help measuring and communicating the impact of your work in local communities? Explore MeasureUp, a new, curated portal from ...

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Talking about trauma: Findings and opportunities from an analysis of news coverage (2015)

The findings were paradigm-shifting: In the 1990s, the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and ...

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Tips for writing effective letters to the editor (2015)

Letters to the editor can signal community interest about a particular public health issue and send a message to policymakers. But what makes for a...

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Working Together: Building Health in All Policies Partnerships (2015)

The Public Health Institute's Health in All Policies team has been a national and international leader in building the Health in All Policies m...

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2013 Report on California Legislation Related to Food and Farming (2014)

PHI's Roots of Change and the California Food Policy Council for the first time track food and farm policy voting records by the Californi...

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Climate Change and Health: A Framework for Action (2014)

This framework maps climate change processes against a social determinants of health framework to identify opportunities for action at the intersec...

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Guide to Girl-Centered Advocacy (2014)

We are proud to share the Guide to Girl-Centered Advocacy, from PHI's Let Girls Lead—a full capacity-building curriculum that engage...

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PHI50 Videos (2014)

In honor of our 50th anniversary in 2014, PHI created a series of videos that looked back at what public health has accomplished in the last half c...

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Report Calls for Expanded Use of Community Health Workers as Health Reform Increases Need for Care (2014)

The time has come to bring community health workers (CHWs) and promotores “into the mainstream of the US health care system,” states th...

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Supporting a Healthy Lifestyle Among Low-Income Children: Key Findings from the California Children’s Healthy Eating and Exercise Practices Survey (2014)

This fact sheet provides promising strategies to facilitate policy, system, and environmental changes that increase support for healthy eating, reg...

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Community Gardens: The New Victory Gardens in a Public Crusade (2013)

This brief highlights three California cities that have built and strengthened partnerships, fostered community participation, adapt...

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E-Guide to Developing a Community Outreach Network to Motivate Smokers to Quit after Discharge from Clinics or Hospitals (2013)

This mini e-guide offers community health organizations or pharmacy, nursing or public health schools an opportunity to developing a community base...

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Healthy Corner Stores in Sonoma County: Healthy Food, Strong Partnerships, Good Policy (2013)

This brief provides an overview of the corner store movement and highlights the Sonoma County Healthy Food Outlet project, which was created to inc...

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Let Girls Lead 2013 Annual Report (2013)

The 2013 annual report highlights the ways in which the advocacy work done through Let Girls Lead is transforming the lives of adolescent girls in ...

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Let Girls Lead External Evaluation (2013)

Commissioned by the United Nations Foundation, this independent evaluation demonstrates that Let Girls Lead’s AGALI program has contributed t...

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Low-Income Californians with Access to Produce in Their Home, School, Work, and Community Environments Eat More Fruits and Vegetables (2013)

With fruit and vegetable intake being a clear indicator of eating healthy foods, having adequate access to quality and affordable fruits and vegeta...

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Best Practices for Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Strategy Development (2012)

Best Practices for Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Strategy Development: A Review of Scientific Methods, Current Practices, an...

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Education, Diet, and Environmental Factors Influence Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption among California Children, Teens, and Adults (2012)

In California, approximately half of children, teens, and adults drink at least one serving of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) daily. Over the...

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Struggling to breathe: How a health department is working with community members to reduce air pollution and improve health equity in Oakland (2012)

If you want to reduce and prevent health inequities, then you have to tackle their root social, economic and political causes. For busy health depa...

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Advancing California's Leadership in Telehealth Policy: A Telehealth Model Statute & Other Policy Recommendations (2011)

In 1996, California passed one of the first telemedicine laws in the country, the Telemedicine Development Act of 1996 (TDA). At its passage, the T...

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Building Evaluation Capacity in Local Programs for Multi-site Nutrition Education Interventions (2011)

From 2004-2008, capacity to conduct program evaluation was built among the Network for a Healthy California's 48 largest local partners. Capaci...

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Food and Beverage Marketing to Children and Adolescents: An Environment at Odds with Good Health (2011)

The science is clear: The environments where children grow up, play and go to school affect their diets and health. In this research brief, pre...

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Food Marketing in the Digital Age: A Conceptual Framework and Agenda for Research (2011)

Digital techniques are quickly evolving and unprecedentedly immersive. To assess the best ways to understand these new media effects, PHI's Ber...

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How Communities Move Policy - Linking Locally, Regionally, Statewide, and Nationally to Create Change (2011)

The right regional, state or federal policies can provide unique leverage points for local efforts. But staying informed about work at other l...

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Roadmap to Improving Food and Physical Activity Environments: Tips and Tools for Community Change - 2nd Edition (2011)

For a long time, strategies to prevent or reduce obesity and to increase healthy eating and physical activity have focused on individuals—tea...

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Telehealth Model Statute: Frequently Asked Questions (2011)

Telehealth is the use of digital technologies—such as telecommunications, health information, and videoconferencing—to deliver medical,...

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Working with Other Movements to Achieve Community Health Goals: Climate Change, Health in All Policies, and More (2011)

In California, two policy-oriented movements offer tremendous opportunities for communities working to build community health and health equity by ...

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2010 California Adolescent Health Progress Report (2010)

This compilation of data presents a multi-year progress report on the health of CalIfornia's adolescents and young adults. Designed for pro...

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A Vision to Transform Health and Social Equity in California and the U.S. (2010)

As a pioneer in creating healthy communities for more than a decade, Partnership for the Public’s Health (PPH) sees the opportunity to build ...

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Alcohol Marketing in the Digital Age (2010)

New technologies are fundamentally altering the tobacco and alcohol marketing landscape. Even as the "information superhighway" has given...

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Changing Lives, Saving Lives (2010)

A Step-by-Step Guide To Developing Exemplary Practices in Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Food Security in Afterschool Programs Helping s...

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Fact Sheet: Highlights from the Post-Acute Care Transitions (2010)

The recent focus on improving postacute care transitions (the process by which a patient moves from hospital to home or other settings) is being dr...

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Fact Sheet: Highlights from the Remote Patient Monitoring Position Paper (2010)

Remote patient monitoring (RPM) technologies have been shown to be effective in helping to manage chronic disease, postacute care, and monitoring t...

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Grantee Profile: Caring Choices: A Catalyst for Medication Management Innovation (2010)

Diffusion of innovations is essentially a social process. Early adopters, such as Caring Choices, actively seek out innovative solutions to real-wo...

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Grantee Profile: Connecticut Pharmacists Foundation: Connecting Older Cambodian-Americans with Pharmacists Miles Away (2010)

Responding to President Obama’s initiative to maximize the benefits of health information technology, the Connecticut Pharmacists Foundation ...

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Grantee Profile: Veterans Administration Central California Health Care System (2010)

Improving Medication Adherence and Self-Management for Chronic Heart Failure at the Veterans Administration Central California Health Care Sys...

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Green Cleaning in Schools: A Guide for Advocates (2010)

Often, the very products used to keep schools clean and healthy contribute to poor indoor air quality, seriously affecting those with asthma or oth...

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Health Care Refusals: Undermining Quality Care for Women (2010)

People in the United States expect the health care they receive to reflect medical practice grounded in evidence and endorsed by scientists and cli...

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Interview: Lessons from a Leader in Telehealth Diffusion: Interview with Adam Darkins of the Veterans Health Administration (2010)

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is one of the world leaders in using telehealth to promote independent living for its patient population. ...

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Local Health Department Organizational Self-Assessment for Addressing Health Inequities (2010)

TOOLKIT AND GUIDE TO IMPLEMENTATION The Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII), a collaboration of the eleven public health de...

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Local Health Department Organizational Self-Assessment Toolkit (2010)

This resource provides public health leaders with tools and guidelines that help identify the skills, organizational practices and infrastructure n...

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Medication Management Process (2010)

While medications are widely appreciated, commonly used, and help many people lead longer, healthier, and more productive lives, there is still gre...

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Multisectoral Lessons from Healthy Communities (2010)

The healthy communities movement can provide insight into population health efforts in the United States, particularly in the context of recent hea...

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New Partnerships for Healthier Neighborhoods: Bringing Public Health and Redevelopment Together (2010)

The built environment—the physical structures that make up the areas where we live, work, and play—has a profound effect on our health....

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Organizational Adoption: Implementing New Technologies to Optimize Medication Use Among Older Adults (2010)

In 2010, five health services organizations—American Society of Consultant Pharmacists Foundation, Caring Choices, Connecticut Pharmacists Fo...

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Position Paper: Technologies for Improving Post-Acute Care Transitions (Discussion Draft) (2010)

The recent focus on improving post-acute care transitions (the process by which a patient moves from hospital to home or other settings) is being d...

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Position Paper: Technologies for Remote Patient Monitoring for Older Adults (2010)

A majority of older adults are challenged by chronic and acute illnesses and/or injuries. Eight out of ten older Americans are living with the heal...

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Talking about Breastfeeding: Why the Health Argument Isn't Enough (2010)

Public health advocates have for years been trying to increase the number of women who breastfeed by educating mothers about its health benefits. S...

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The ADOPT Model: Accelerating Diffusion of Proven Technologies for Older Adults (2010)

The growing older adult population faces unprecedented health challenges. Home and community-based technologies have proven to be an effective way ...

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The SCAN Foundation Summit: Enhancing Social Action for Older Adults through Technology (2010)

As the information and communications technology landscape continues its rapid expansion and evolution, the use of social media technology for soci...

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Understanding CalWORKS: A Primer for Service Providers and Policymakers (2nd Edition) (2010)

Created by PHI's California Center for Research on Women & Families, this primer provides an in-depth orientation to California's welfa...

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Understanding Confidentiality and Minor Consent in California: An Adolescent Provider Toolkit (2010)

During adolescence, youth confront new issues that affect their physical, reproductive, and mental health. At the same time, establishing autonomy ...

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Youth to Watch: Making Healthier Communities (2010)

All across California, young people are living the reality of their environment every day. Youth engaged in reducing the disparities and inequities...

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Advancing Prevention Technologies for Sexual and Reproductive Health (Report of a Symposium) (2009)

An international symposium convened in Berkeley, Calif., in March 2009 with the goal of accelerating the development and deployment of relevant mul...

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Aging Well Case Studies: Rio Vista: Volunteers Step in with VERVE in Rio Vista (2009)

This is a case study about how Rio Vista, California, developed Volunteers Enriching Rio Vista Environments to help residents with the loss of safe...

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Beyond the Numerical Tally: Quality and Stewardship in Community Benefit (2009)

Uniform Standards and Lessons from the Advancing the State of the Art in Community Benefit Demonstration Nonprofit hospitals can play an import...

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Briefing Paper: Technologies to Help Older Adults Maintain Independence: Advancing Technology Adoption (2009)

Americans are living longer. And despite the health challenges of longevity, a majority of older adults hope to remain in their homes as long as po...

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California Convergence: Promise and Progress in Building a Movement (2009)

In June 2008, a group of community leaders from across California came together to imagine a healthier state: a place where all residents have acce...

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Case Studies: Eliminating Electrolyte Replacement Beverages in California Public Schools (2009)

In 2005, California passed some of the most stringent state legislation in the nation that set limits on the types of competitive foods and beverag...

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Community Action to Fight Asthma: Who We Are and What We Do (2009)

Community Action to Fight Asthma (CAFA) is a network of asthma coalitions in California working to shape local, regional, and state policies to red...

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Connecting California: The Impact of the Stimulus Package on Broadband and Telehealth Expansion (2009)

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), a massive federal stimulus package, includes more than $7 billion to expand broadba...

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Engaging Communities in Changing Nutrition and Physical Activity Environments (2009)

The California Endowment’s Healthy Eating, Active Communities (HEAC) program and Central California Obesity Prevention Program (CCROPP) have ...

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Fact Sheet: California's Nutrition Standards (2009)

Nutrition standards regulate which “competitive” (also called “a la carte”) foods and beverages can be sold to students. Co...

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Fact Sheet: Classroom Messages (2009)

A healthy school nutrition and physical activity environment is one where nutrition and physical activity (PA) are taught and supported in the clas...

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Fact Sheet: Fundraising in Schools (2009)

Fundraising in schools brings in additional funds to support extra activities such as athletics and student clubs and is done by students, parent g...

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Fact Sheet: Marketing in Schools (2009)

Marketing in schools takes many forms. Marketing in schools includes product sales (such as foods/beverages sold on campus or items sold through fu...

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Fact Sheet: Physical Activity (2009)

It is recommended that young people (ages 6–19) engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity (PA) on most, and preferably all, days of ...

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Fact Sheet: Physical Education (2009)

Physical Education (PE) is planned instruction that builds motor skills and teaches movement concepts and the health benefits of regular physical a...

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Fact Sheet: School Breakfast Program (2009)

Studies show that children who eat school breakfast have better nutrition and academic performance than those who do not eat breakfast or who ...

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Fact Sheet: School Lunch Program (2009)

The School Lunch Program is a Federal program that assists public schools and non-profit private schools in providing affordable meals to children....

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Fact Sheet: The School Environment (2009)

The school nutrition and physical activity environment impacts student food choices and levels of physical activity, thereby impacting the students...

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Fact Sheet: What Is Policy? (2009)

A policy is a rule or set of rules that people must follow. Policies have the power to influence how you and others act. Policies can be set by gov...

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Fact Sheet: Working With Schools (2009)

When advocating for changes in your local schools, it is important to know how schools work. Understanding how schools work will assist you in your...

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Fact Sheets: California School Food and Beverage Standards (2009)

Schools provide a unique opportunity to advance kids' health, especially when it comes to providing a healthy food environment for growing chil...

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Fact Sheets: Let's Move California After School (2009)

After school programs are the perfect time and the place to ensure that youth are fit, healthy, and ready to learn.  These fact sheets, cr...

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Finding Asthma Solutions Through Policy Change (2009)

Asthma is the most common chronic childhood disease in the U.S. and affects 1 in 6 children in California. While scientists continue to explor...

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Funding Prevention in California: Lessons from Past Efforts to Raise Revenues (2009)

The research is clear: Where people live, work, and play—the food and physical activity environment—is one of the most important elemen...

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Inspiring Youth as Partners (2009)

All over the country, from parents to communities to government, people are asking, why are young people so overweight? The Network for a Healthy C...

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Local Network Success Stories (2009)

This brief is a California statewide compilation of FFY 2009 Success Stories from local Network for a Healthy California (NETWORK) projects. This c...

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Maximizing Opportunities for Physical Activity through Joint Use of Facilities (2009)

Recent studies have emerged linking physical activity with improved academic performance, classroom behavior and school attendance among children a...

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Moving from Them to Us: Challenges in Reframing Violence among Youth (2009)

How have youth and violence have been framed in the news? How has the issue of race complicated depictions of youth and violence? How do public att...

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Networking to Inspire Healthy Change (2009)

This document provides information about nutrition services at select school-based networking sites that inspire healthy change.

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No Time for Complacency: Sexual Health Needs of California’s Foster and Transitioning Youth (2009)

Foster and transitioning youth face substantial sexual and reproductive health challenges, but all youth should have one or more trusted adults wit...

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Parents in Action! Training Curriculum Evaluation (2009)

Parents can play a role in developing and ensuring the full implementation of their local school wellness policies (LSWP). Yet, for the most part, ...

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Physical Activity and Physical Education in California Schools (2009)

A Survey of District/County Office of Education Perceptions and Practices Schools play an important role in influencing student physical a...

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Position Paper: Technologies for Optimizing Medication Use in Older Adults (2009)

Medication use is ubiquitous among older adults, with 90% of older adults using one or more prescription medications per week. While medications ar...

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Preventing HIV/AIDS in the Workplace in Indonesia: The Partnership of PT Gajah Tunggal and YKB (2009)

“Indonesia faces the looming threat of a major epidemic” of HIV/AIDS, according to the United Nations Development Fund. PT Gajah T...

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Profiles of Success: A Five-Year Retrospective of the Organizational Development Services Program (2009)

This report is a five-year retrospective of the Organizational Development Services (ODS) program, which provided capacity-building and technical s...

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Promoting Healthier After School Environments: Opportunities and Challenges (2009)

In South Los Angeles, middle schoolers have the opportunity to demonstrate their physical activity skills, such as hip hop dance, to elementar...

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Psychosocial, Socioeconomic, Behavioral, and Environmental Risk Factors for BMI and Overweight Among 9- to 11-Year-Old Children (2009)

This study explored the risk factors for higher BMI and overweight in 9- to 11-year-old children using the 2007 California Children’s Healthy...

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Reducing Competitive Foods and Beverages in California Public Schools: Five Case Studies (2009)

Competitive foods and beverages are those items sold or provided in schools that are not part of the National School Lunch Program. This usually me...

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Safe Routes to School (2009)

Increased physical activity is associated with better academic performance, concentration and classroom behavior. Research shows that school-age ch...

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Standard Chartered Bank and Helen Keller International Collaboration in Indonesia (2009)

Blindness is a serious public health problem in Indonesia. Blindness is slightly more prevalent in Indonesia than in SubSaharan Africa (1.5% of the...

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Understanding the Child Welfare System in California: A Primer for Service Providers and Policymakers (2nd Edition) (2009)

Since the release of the 1st edition of this primer, California’s child welfare system has moved to an outcomes-based approach; and state and...

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Advancing the State of the Art in Community Benefit: Toolkit (2008)

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND TEMPLATES FOR THE COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW AND ENHANCEMENT OF COMMUNITY BENEFIT PROGRAMS Advancing the State of the Art...

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Brief: Research Implications School Wellness, Policy Development, Implementation and Evaluation (2008)

A research brief about the research implications for state school boards association leaders.

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Community Benefit Planning Handbook (2008)

Strengthening Commitment to Mission A community benefit plan is a document, usually produced in conjunction with the health care organization&r...

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Debates from Four States Over Selling Soda in Schools (2008)

In 2006, Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts and Maryland introduced legislation that included restrictions on the sale of soda in schools. That sa...

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From the Mouths of Leaders: Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities to Increase Health Professions Workforce Diversity in California (2008)

The Connecting the Dots Initiative: A Comprehensive Approach to Increase Health Professions Workforce Diversity in California This report is on...

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Increasing the Diversity of the Health Professions K-12 Networks of Support (2008)

The Connecting the Dots Initiative: A Comprehensive Approach to Increase Health Professions Workforce Diversity in California As the population...

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Life and Death from Unnatural Causes: Executive Summary (2008)

Health and social inequity in Alameda County Certain groups of people in Alameda County are getting sick and dying prematurely from “unna...

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Minority Faculty Voices on Diversity in Academic Medicine: Perspectives From One School (2008)

Purpose To examine the perceptions and experiences of ethnic minority faculty at University of California–San Francisco regarding racial a...

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Provoking Thought, Changing Talk: Putting it into Practice (2008)

Does a commitment to reducing inequality mean we know how to talk about it? We find out in this report, the inaugural issue of the "...

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School Wellness Policy Development, Implementation, and Evaluation (2008)

Perceptions, barriers, and opportunities among school board members, state school boards associations, school wellness advocates, state public heal...

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School Wellness Policy Development, Implementation, and Evaluation: Research Implications for School Board Members (2008)

Studies have provided evidence that poor nutrition and limited physical activity among today’s children and youth can negatively impact their...

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A Growing Movement: A Decade of Farm to School in California (2007)

Serving food grown in California in the state’s schools is clearly not a recent development, but systematically connecting California’s...

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Linkages Planning Guide (2005)

California families in crisis are not well served when faced with two service delivery systems—CalWORKs and Child Welfare—resulting in ...

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California's Blueprint: Building Infrastructure for Coordinated School Health (2000)

To address the health concerns of children and youth in a coordinated, comprehensive manner, the California Department of Education and the Califor...

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Code Blue: Health Services for Children in Foster Care (1998)

As of March 1997, more than 100,000 of California’s children are in foster care. Removed from their homes because of neglect or abuse, about ...

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Capacity Building at the Public Health Institute: Examples of Impact

This overview summarizes PHI's work in capacity building - one of PHI's 11 focus areas - and highlights concrete examples of how this work ...

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Working together: Policy Systems & Environmental Change for Community Health

Through its over 700 staff, 200 projects and 100 principal investigators, the Public Health Institute addresses emerging public health issues and s...

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