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Public Health Systems, Services & Research

Comparing Breaches of Unsecured Protected Health Information Among Business Associates and Covered Entities in California and the United States (2017)

    More and more healthcare providers and insurers are contracting out aspects of healthcare administration, such as lab wo...

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6 Ways Climate Change Harms Health in California (2016)

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A Practice-Grounded Approach for Evaluating Health in All Policies Initiatives in the United States (2016)

Objective To address the social determinants of health, an increasing number of public health practitioners are implementing Health in All Poli...

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Advancing the Health of Communities and Populations: A Vital Direction for Health and Health Care (2016)

We have a long way to go to strengthen the public health system to provide adequate protection for communities. Dollar for dollar our health care e...

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California Agricultural Pesticide Mapping Tool (2016)

Where are agricultural pesticides applied within California? How many are used near a specific location? Has pesticide usage increased or decr...

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California Water Boundary Tool (WBT) (2016)

The Water Systems Geographic Reporting Tool, also known as the Water Boundary Tool (WBT) was developed by PHI's California Environmental H...

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Challenges and Recommendations on Using Telehealth for Directly Observed Therapy in Treating Tuberculosis (2016)

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the most widespread infectious diseases in the world, infecting an average of 9 million people annually. Although TB is...

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Fruit and Vegetable, Fat, and Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Intake Among Low-Income Mothers Living in Neighborhoods With Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (2016)

This study, published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, evaluates the effectiveness of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance...

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Making Food Systems Part of Your Community Health Needs Assessment (2016)

Practical Guidance from the Tackling Hunger Project Community health needs assessments (CHNAs) are conducted every three years by nonprofit hos...

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State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Program Policies (2016)

The updated fourth edition of “State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies” from PHI's Center for Connected Health Policy...

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Telehealth for Consumers: Infographic (2016)

Telehealth encompasses a broad variety of technologies and tactics to deliver virtual medical, health, and education services. Telehealth is not a ...

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The PHI/GHFP-II Employers’ Study: The hidden barriers between domestic and global health careers and crucial competencies for success (2016)

The process of preparing professionals for global health work has fallen behind emerging realities, including globalization, ever-evolving technolo...

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Letter In Support Of Gun Violence Prevention Research Funding from Health Groups to Appropriations Committee (December 2015) (2015)

Get involved: Learn more about PHI's related efforts to prevent gun violence: Read The Need to Replace ‘Ideology, Intuition and C...

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Preventable or inevitable: How do community violence and community safety appear in California news? (2015)

Unfortunately, we're all too familiar with violence. We see it reported daily in the news, and large numbers of us have experienced it firsthan...

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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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Supporting Alignment and Accountability in Community Health Improvement: The Development and Piloting of a Regional Data-Sharing System (2014)

The purpose of this project is to develop and field test a set of online tools that support the comparative review of specific elements of publicly...

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California Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review: Mixed Methods Approach for Improved Case Identification and Cause of Death Analyses (2013)

After several decades of declining rates, maternal mortality has climbed in California. The California Department of Public Health, with help from ...

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Health in All Policies: Improving Health Through Intersectoral Collaboration (2013)

In this discusson paper, Linda Rudolph and colleagues explain the need for health in all policies approaches to confront complex and current h...

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Survey Research Group: State-of-the-Art Data Collection, Research, and Analysis (2013)

The Survey Research Group highlights its capabilities and expertise well as the services it offers for public and private secto...

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Taking Innovation to Scale: Community Health Workers, Promotores, and the Triple Aim (2013)

This brief report provides an overview of preliminary findings, observations and recommendations from PHI's California Health Workforce Allianc...

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Anti-Sex Ed Curriculum Makes the List: Don’t Blame Obama, Blame the System, RH Reality Check (2012)

Heritage Keepers, an abstinence-only-until-marriage program that is medically inaccurate, biased, fear- and shame-based and otherwise inappropriate...

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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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California Breast Cancer Mapping Project (2012)

The California Breast Cancer Mapping Project analyzed breast cancer rates by census tract, as opposed to traditional county-level surveillance, and...

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Burden in California and Southern California, 2011 (2012)

An estimated 1.1 million Californians, with nearly 200,000 in Los Angeles County, have been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, a...

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Current Depression Among Women in California According to Residence in the California–Mexico Border Region (2012)

This study aims to provide a timely snapshot of the current burden of depression, examine predictors of current depression, and explore possible pa...

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Over One Million Adult Women in California Report Serious Psychological Distress During the Past Year (2012)

Using data drawn from the 2009 California Health Interview Survey, this policy brief focuses on the mental health of California women, undersc...

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Public Health Data Solutions Overview (2012)

Data is the foundation of sound decision making, especially when tackling complex health issues. Organizations have literally hundreds of thousands...

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Regression Analysis and Causal Inference: Cause for Concern? Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health (2012)

This Viewpoints article from Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health provides a critical review of the uses and misuses of regression analys...

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Rising Uninsured Rate Among Low-Income Women Ages 18-64 in California (2012)

Using mainly 2009 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2009) collected after the initial effects of the recent, severe economic downturn, this ...

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Schedule H and Hospital Community Benefit—Opportunities and Challenges for the States (2012)

This brief, co-authored by PHI Senior Investigator Kevin Barnett, discusses key federal community benefit reporting requirements developed by the I...

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Sexuality Education, Encyclopedia of Adolescence (2012)

This article from the Encyclopedia of Adolescence compares and contrasts two approaches to sexuality education -- behavior change approaches, which...

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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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Teen Births in California, No Time for Complacency (2012)

California’s teen birth rate has dropped below 30 births per thousand for the first time in more than 40 years. Its 2010 rate of 29.0 represe...

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Almost One-Quarter of California Nonelderly Women Uninsured in 2009 (2011)

This policy brief examines the health insurance coverage of nonelderly women in the state, ages 18-64, highlighting the demographic groups most at ...

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Position Paper: mHealth Technologies: Applications to Benefit Older Adults (Discussion Draft) (2011)

Mobile technologies are becoming ubiquitous in the U.S. and the world, changing the way we communicate, conduct commerce, and provide care and serv...

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Preparing for the Retirement Boom: Aging Populations (2011)

As baby boomers start retiring in large numbers, this important demographic shift will create significant consequences, both good and bad for local...

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Understanding Nutrition: A Primer on Programs and Policies in California (2nd Edition) (2011)

Welcome to the updated edition of Understanding Nutrition: A Primer on Programs and Policies in California. Now an online resource, this primer&mda...

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BARHII Framework (2010)

The BARHII Framework, which describes the problem areas addressed by a continuum of public health practice ranging from cataloguing causes of morta...

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Demographic and Psychological Predictors of Parent-Adolescent Communication About Sex, Journal of Youth & Adolescence (2010)

Sexual communication is a principal means of transmitting sexual values, beliefs, expectations and knowledge between parents and children. This art...

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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: 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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Health Reform and Local Health Departments: Opportunities for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2010)

A number of forces are reshaping local public health systems including state and national health reform debates and legislation, the economy, natio...

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Healthy People 2010 Objectives: 23-Year California Behavioral Risk Factor Survey Report 1984-2006 (2010)

The California Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFS) has operated continuously for the last 23 years, collecting health surveillance information fro...

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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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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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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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Partners for Public Health: Working with Local, State, and Federal Agencies to Create Healthier Communities (2010)

The way our neighborhoods are designed has a profound impact on our health and wellbeing. A physical environment that promotes health—with af...

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Asthma and Diesel (2009)

Diesel engines emit a complex mixture of air pollutants. In California diesel particulate matter contributes to an estimated 3,500 premature deaths...

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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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California's Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan: Progress Report 2009 (2009)

Cancer mortality from all malignant tumors has significantly declined since 1998. Based on current projections, California will observe a 15% reduc...

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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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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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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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Converging Evidence Leaves Policy Behind: Effectiveness of and Support for School-Based Sex Education Programs, Journal of Adolescent Health (2008)

This editorial in the Journal of Adolescent Health reviews two new studies on sexuality education effectiveness and parent support. Implications fo...

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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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Health Inequities in the Bay Area (2008)

The odds of being healthy can depend very much on which community you live in. People who live in West Oakland, for example, can expect to liv...

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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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Simpson's Paradox, Encyclopedia of Epidemiology (2008)

This article in the Encyclopedia of Epidemiology explains Simpson’s paradox, an extreme form of confounding where the association between two...

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Three in Four Voters Favor Law to Guarantee Paid Sick Days to All Workers in California (2008)

A statewide survey conducted for PHI's California Center for Research on Women and Families  finds that by a 73% to 23% margin v...

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The Burden of Asthma in California: A Surveillance Report (2007)

Using all of the most recent available surveillance data, this report presents a comprehensive summary of the burden of asthma in California. R...

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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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Public Health Systems, Services and Research at the Public Health Institute: Examples of Impact

This overview summarizes PHI's work in public health systems, services and research - one of PHI's 11 focus areas - and highlights con...

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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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