Public Policy Advocacy
With experience across a range of policy areas and issues, combined with our strong record working side-by-side with business, government, and community-based organizations, PHI and its programs are effective, influential advocates for public health in local, state, and federal policy.
Building on this success, PHI also works to strengthen its role in U.S.-based policy that has implications for health domestically and worldwide. With strategic policy platforms, PHI addresses policy in areas such as obesity prevention, climate change and health reform. In addition, PHI tracks federal and state legislation, regulations and budgeting processes across a wide range of issues that impact the public’s health, and advances policy solutions that address the social determinants of health.
Our expertise includes:
- Campaign development and implementation: We are available to track health and social issues or specific pieces of legislation, as well as craft winning campaigns to improve health outcomes through policy change. Our staff has specific expertise in legislative work relating to chronic disease and communicable disease prevention, climate change, environmental health, sexual and reproductive health, and more.
- Network and coalition building: PHI specializes in building local, statewide, national, and global networks that unite community leaders and partners to work together in advocating for the advancement of sound, equitable public health policies.
- Media advocacy: Work with PHI to strategically use mass media to support community-driven efforts to advance social justice or public health campaigns, by engaging newsmakers to tell social policy issues through an environmental lens, and broadening the default frame from individual behaviors to call for long-lasting public health improvements.
- Community and legislative engagement: PHI staff bring years of on-the-ground community connections spanning the globe. We also have significant expertise in launching collaborative efforts with local community residents and organizations to advance public health policy by engaging in grassroots and direct action with legislators and legislative staff.
- Capacity building and technical assistance: We provide customized trainings and workshops, both web-based and in-person, to help support staff and coalitions in their health policy campaigns. PHI staff will also provide ongoing or as-needed technical assistance and support.
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Resources and Tools
- Increasing Local Funding Options for Disease Prevention Programs in Rural California Counties: Report and Advocacy Guide
- Let Girls Lead Guide to Girl-Centered Advocacy
- Moving from Head to Heart: Using Media Advocacy to Talk About Affordable Housing
- Reducing Asthma Disparities by Addressing Environmental Inequities: A Case Study of Regional Asthma Management and Prevention's Advocacy Efforts
California Adolescent Health Collaborative
California Convergence Coordinating Office
California Project LEAN
Center for Climate Change and Health
Center for International Tobacco Control
Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program
Cultiva La Salud
Public Health Alliance of Southern California
Regional Asthma Management and Prevention Program
Roots of Change
Here's How We're Making a Difference
Advocating for Action On Climate and Health
Through advocacy, expert testimony and research, PHI’s Center for Climate Change and Health supported the groundbreaking passage of 2016 California legislation, SB 32 and SB 1383, the most aggressive climate change bills in the country.
In 2016, the State Legislature solidified California’s role as a leader in policy changes to slow climate change with the passage of these two bills, buoyed by PHI’s advocacy and research that integrates the long-term consequences climate change will have on vulnerable populations. On the local level, PHI’s Center for Climate Change and Health championed a ban on coal handling in Oakland, CA, citing the detrimental effects nonrenewable energy has in exacerbating climate change.
In 2015, Dr. Linda Rudolph, of PHI's Center for Climate Change and Health, played a key role in advocating for passage of SB 350, a new California law that will increase the state's renewable energy use to 50% and double energy efficiency in buildings by 2030—including testifying before the State Assembly on behalf of the bill. Dr. Rudolph was named a Champion for Change in Climate and Health by the White House in 2013.
Improving Air Quality Across California
Climate change worsens air quality, yet many climate strategies reduce other air pollutants as well. In California, PHI has assessed the health impact of proposed cap and trade regulations and been an active voice for health equity in the implementation of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act.
PHI’s Regional Asthma Management and Prevention program helped pass California diesel emissions regulations that are projected to prevent 150,000 cases of asthma, 12,000 cases of acute bronchitis and 9,400 premature deaths over 15 years.
Protecting SNAP-Ed During Federal Farm Bill Negotiations
During the last round of federal Farm Bill negotiations critical funding for SNAP-Ed, the health education component of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps), was on the verge of getting cut. PHI's advocacy team helped lead a national effort that protected SNAP-Ed programs not only in California, but across the U.S. Today, these programs continue to provide vital nutrition education to support low-income families in living healthy lifestyles.
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