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Law & Policy

Jobs, Revenue Rise after Berkeley Soda Tax (2017)

An analysis of City of Berkeley economic data found that a year and a half after passage of the nation’s first large soda tax, food sector sa...

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6 Ways Climate Change Harms Health in California (2016)

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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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An Assessment of the Health and Safety Implications of Coal Transport through Oakland (2016)

Public Health Advisory Panel on Coal in Oakland: JUNE 13, 2016 A panel of public health experts considered the health and safety implications r...

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California Food Policy Council 2016 Report on Legislation Related to Food and Farming & 2016 California Food and Agriculture Legislator Scorecard (2016)

Now that 2016 is winding down, in what ways has California advanced good farm and food policies, and where are there still areas for improvement? W...

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Economics of Tobacco Control in China (2016)

Nearly 370 million people in China smoke; about one-third of all smokers in the world are in China; and about 1.2 million deaths in China are attri...

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Examining the Public Debate on School Food Nutrition Guidelines: Findings and Lessons Learned from an Analysis of News Coverage and Legislative Debate (2016)

Understanding how school nutrition has been portrayed in the news is key for advocates working to build support around the country for policies tha...

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Summarizing the Landscape of Healthy Communities: A Review of Demonstration Programs Working Towards Health Equity (2016)

Produced by a collaboration between PHI's Build Healthy Places Network and the Colorado Health Foundation, this report explores existing effort...

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Berkeley Evaluation of Soda Tax (BEST) Study Preliminary Findings (2015)

Interim results presented November 3, 2015 at the American Public Health Association, from the largest-to-date evaluation of Berkeley, California&r...

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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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The 2015 California Food Policy Council Report on Legislation Related to Food and Farming (2015)

The 2015 CAFPC Report on Legislation Related to Food and Farming, released by the California Food Policy Council (CAFPC) and Ro...

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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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New Media Relations Toolkit for Community Advocates from California Convergence (2014)

California Convergence is sharing its knowhow in garnering media attention to win policy support for healthier, safer and more equitable communitie...

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Opening Doors and Opportunities for Girls: A Title IX Compliance Check List (2014)

Top 14 questions to ask and act on Title IX is an important federal law that requires school districts and schools to provide equal access, res...

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First Book on Alcohol-Related Injuries in the Americas (2013)

Alcohol Research Group (ARG) associate director Cheryl Cherpitel, DrPH, was chief editor on the first book to focus on alcohol and injuries in...

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Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Government (2013)

Health in All Policies   The Public Health Institute provides technical support for Health in All Policies initiatives at both the sta...

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Intervention Effectiveness Research in Adolescent Health Psychology: Methodological Issues and Strategies, Handbook of Adolescent Health Psychology (2013)

This chapter from the Handbook of Adolescent Health Psychology examines the scientific foundations for intervention effectiveness research and its ...

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Open Letter to Governor Jerry Brown (2013)

In a June 14 open letter, the Public Health Institute and its partners call on Gov. Jerry Brown to swiftly restore $500 million ...

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Snap Ed Works (2013)

1 in 3 children in the US are overweight or obese. Yet at the same time, 1 in 5 families struggle with food insecurity--not knowing from one day to...

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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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California's Smoke-free Workplace Act: Ending Exemptions - Finding Equity (2011)

Provides overview of current limitations to protections for workers from workplace secondhand smoke and highlights labor code exemptions that, if e...

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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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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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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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Case Study: In Hayward, It Takes a Transit Village - Mixed Use for an Aging Community (2009)

A case study of the Hayward, Calif., development of a housing transit village that promotes neighborliness and ease of access for all residents, es...

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Case Study: In Kirkland, WA, Making Support Services a Priority in Tight Economic Times (2009)

A case study of how Kirkland, Wash., made support services for older adults a priority in tight economic times. Providing an array of accessibl...

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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: 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: 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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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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Increasing Local Funding Options for Disease Prevention Programs in Rural California Counties: Report and Advocacy Guide (2009)

This report provides a national and statewide overview of the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) fund allocation from tobacco industry settlements. ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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