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Kill Em With Soda: An Open Letter to Selena Gomez and Other Pop Stars Shilling Sugary Drinks

July 18, 2016 | Fernando Quintero, Berkeley Media Studies Group

Sugary drinks are the leading source of excess calories and a major contributor to diabetes, heart disease and other nutrition-related illnesses. Communities of color, particularly Latinos and African Americans, suffer the most from these diseases.

PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group explains: By being the face of Coke's new campaign and lending her hit song titles for Coke to display on its labels, Selena Gomez is in essence encouraging our youth to drink what some scientists have called poison.  more

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Press Releases

Years after Liquor Privatization, Washington State Residents Regret Vote to End State Monopoly

June 28, 2016

Washington State residents who voted in favor of privatizing liquor sales were eight times more likely to express a desire to change their original vote than residents who voted against the measure, according to a study from PHI's Alcohol Research Group published today in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs“Our study not only shows that many people changed their minds about privatization, but more importantly, those who now say they wish they had voted no might have been a large enough group to defeat the measure in 2011, had they known its real impact at the time,” said lead author Meenakshi Sabina Subbaraman, Ph.D., a biostatistician with ARG.  more

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PHI Disappointed in House Cuts to Public Health Infrastructure

July 07, 2016

The Public Health Institute expresses our disappointment with the FY 2017 House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill that passed the Subcommittee by voice vote on July 7th.  While there are some positives, such as increased NIH funding, the bill makes substantial cuts to significant programs needed to improve the public’s health.  more

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Announcements & Events

Join PHI's Pacific ADA Center for a CASp Exam Preparatory Course

July 26, 2016

The Pacific ADA Center is pleased to present training for the 2016 Certified Access Specialist (CASp) exam, designed to meet the public's need for experienced, trained, and tested individuals who can inspect buildings and sites for compliance with applicable state and federal construction-related accessibility standards.

This comprehensive four-day training covers both state and federal accessibility requirements and will prepare attendees for the October 12, 2016 CASp Exam. Attendees can be anyone preparing to sit for the exam. This can include architects, building officials, contractors, design professionals, disability access specialists, engineers, inspectors and plan reviewers. There is an increasing amount of CASp survey and report work for those who become certified inspectors.  more

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PHI in the News

Telehealth Terminology: ‘Store-and-Forward’ Has its Fans - And Critics

July 21, 2016 | Eric Wicklund | mHealthIntelligence

In Arkansas, questions about asynchronous telemedicine, or "store and forward" technology, is holding up passage of new telehealth guidelines in the state. This mHealthIntelligence article examining the arguments for and against this technology—which gives clinicians time to review data before beginning a session with a patient or when live video or in-person contact is not possible or necessary—cites PHI's Center for Connected Health Policy's definition and explanation of "store and forward."  more

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