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It’s All Connected: Why Community Development and Health Go Hand-in-Hand

November 19, 2015 | Jeni Miller

In public health, we know that where you live has a profound effect on your health. But we do not always know what to do about it. Public health doesn’t have the tools to renovate housing, reconfigure streets to make them walkable and bikeable, build parks and community buildings, or build and run grocery stores or schools. Fortunately, there is a sector that does: community development.  more

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Press Releases

Annual Report Again Gives CA Elected Officials a ‘Needs Improvement’ Grade on Food and Farm Policy

November 19, 2015

A report released this week by the California Food Policy Council (CAFPC) and Roots of Change reveals the 2015 food and farm policy votes of California’s 120 elected state legislators. The 2015 CAFPC Report on Legislation Related to Food and Farming illustrates how despite some progress on food and agriculture issues, the California Legislature continues to miss most opportunities to pass bills that will actually have the greatest impact on the people most harmed by the challenges connected to California’s food and farming system.  more

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A "Step in the Right Direction" -- PHI Statement on the Passage of SB 350

October 07, 2015

The Public Health Institute applauds California’s passage of SB350, which will increase the state’s renewable electricity use to 50% and double energy efficiency in existing buildings by 2030—but regrets that the state failed to include a mandate to reduce petroleum use.  more

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Announcements & Events

Postdoctoral Fellowships: Graduate Research Training on Alcohol Problems

October 30, 2015

PHI's Alcohol Research Group, in association with the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, is accepting applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) for research training in alcohol and drug studies.  more

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PHI in the News

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Berkeley: First-in-nation soda tax begins to show results

November 19, 2015 | Tom Lochner | San Jose Mercury News

This article in the San Jose Mercury News highlights new interim results from the largest-to-date evaluation of Berkeley, California's 2014 sugar-sweetened beverage excise tax carried out by the Public Health Institute and University of North Carolina. The team concludes that the tax has been fully passed on to the retail pricing of sugar-sweetened beverages in large and small chain supermarkets and chain gas stations, and PHI's Lynn Silver is quoted, observing that "the tax is successfully raising money for city programs for improving nutrition and health."  more

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