Public Policy Development
Changing policies and practices at a school or preschool, in a local business or workplace, or in a neighborhood, state, and country can create palpable and lasting change. PHI produces forward-thinking research, develops proposals, initiates evaluations and builds buy-in in order to inform and shape some of the most complex policy challenges facing the nation today, including: agriculture and nutrition, marijuana, transportation planning, climate change, economic development, nutrition, healthy communities, health information technology, and alcohol, tobacco and substance use. PHI's approach is centered on the importance of evidence and data, , boosting community power and voices, creation of political will, and crafting policies that yield just and equitable solutions.
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Resources and Tools
- Advancing California's Leadership in Telehealth Policy: A Telehealth Model Statute & Other Policy Recommendations
- Funding Prevention in California: Lessons from Past Efforts to Raise Revenues
- Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Government
Won Kim Cook
Anne Kelsey Lamb
Mei Wa Kwong
Alcohol Research Group
California Center for Research on Women and Families(PHI program 2000-2016)
California Convergence Coordinating Office
California Health Interview Survey
California Project LEAN
Center for Climate Change and Health
Center for Connected Health Policy
Center for International Tobacco Control
Center for Technology and Aging
Center for Wellness and Nutrition
Cultiva La Salud/Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program
Health in All Policies
Health Spectrum Program
National Opioid Leadership Summit 2019
Regional Asthma Management and Prevention Program
Roots of Change
Here's How We're Making a Difference
Advancing Health Equity Through Healthy Housing Policies
In 2015, PHI's Regional Asthma Management & Prevention program (RAMP) played an important role in advocating for two new healthy housing policies passed in California—SB 328 and SB 655—that will reduce exposure to asthma triggers, particularly in low-income communities and communities of color.
In recognition of this work and ongoing efforts in this area, RAMP received the 2016 Housing and Urban Development Secretary’s Award for Healthy Homes on behalf of the California Healthy Housing Coalition. The award recognizes excellence in healthy housing innovation and achievement.
RAMP continued its successful work with California Healthy Housing Coalition partners to improve housing quality. Closing a loophole in legislation RAMP worked to get signed last year (SB 328-Hueso), RAMP co-sponsored and the governor signed AB 2362 (Chu) to ensure tenants are notified of pesticide use, including those living in condominiums and townhomes.
In 2016, RAMP also co-sponsored a bill in California that gives tenants new rights when they discover dangerous mold, which is linked to asthma and other respiratory diseases. Now listed as a condition of substandard housing, tenants can hold landlords accountable if the problem is not fixed. Until the bill passed, tenants had few options if their residence had mold. With the new legislation, renters can now for the first time report mold problems to the city, which can then demand repairs and fine landlords who don't comply.
RAMP has plans to continue advocating for healthier housing in the years to come.
Advancing Telehealth Policy across the Country
The Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) at the Public Health Institute is as a state and national leader in developing and promoting policies to lower cost of and improve access to care through broader adoption of telehealth or “connected health” technologies. As the federally designated telehealth policy resource center for the state of California, CCHP has on staff some of the most knowledgeable telehealth policy experts in the United States. CCHP program staff are national leading experts and speakers on telehealth policy, and the CCHP has assisted in providing expert assistance to legislators in states across the country, including Nebraska, Utah, and Nevada.
Ensuring Strong Health Measures in the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan
In response the Governor Brown’s 2015 executive order on reducing emissions from the freight sector, the California Air Resources Board and several other state agencies collaborated to develop the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan, released in July 2016. The Plan outlines a wide range of strategies that, in the long term, can transform the freight system.
As part of the California Cleaner Freight Coalition, PHI's Regional Asthma Management and Prevention program (RAMP) joined partners from across the state to advocate for strong, protective health measures in the Plan. In the months ahead, RAMP intends to help shape its implementation to continue their commitment to healthy, clean air for all.if($topics_list) : ?>