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Next Generation Leadership Starts in the Classroom

April 28, 2016 | Stacy Terrell, Global Health Fellows Program II

A sustainable future for global health starts with an investment in the workforce that ideally begins as early as high school or college. What can the field do to better prepare students for success in their future global health careers?  more

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Press Releases

Women with Irregular Menstrual Cycles at Increased Risk of Ovarian Cancer Death

April 20, 2016

Women with irregular menstrual cycles had up to a threefold increased risk of developing ovarian cancer and dying from it, according to a large, prospective study from the Public Health Institute published online this week by the International Journal of Cancer“Our study finding is significant because ovarian cancer is usually not diagnosed until after it has spread. There are no reliable early diagnosis or screening methods, and symptoms often go unnoticed until it’s too late,” said Barbara A. Cohn, Ph.D., M.P.H., director of the Public Health Institute’s Child Health and Development Studies (CHDS). “Discovering high-risk traits like irregular menstruation gives clinicians the opportunity to potentially save lives by identifying them as early warning signs and developing strategies to reduce these women’s risk of death.”  more

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PHI Statement on Oakland SSB Excise Tax

May 04, 2016

It is time that big beverage companies dip into their millions of dollars of profits and help pay for the damage their products cause. The health impact fund generated through the excise tax will help balance the scale by bringing much needed resources to the schools and communities that need it most.

PHI is proud to endorse the Oakland distributor excise tax. We believe in the power of Oakland’s community members to win this fight, in spite of the millions of dollars that the beverage company will pour into this initiative. PHI will be standing and fighting right alongside Oakland.  more

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Announcements & Events

Protecting Health at the Intersection of Tech and Data

May 03, 2016

Join PHI and others in San Francisco on May 11th for Protecting Health at the Intersection of Tech and Data, presented by P2HEALTH. 

The event features a night of sharing ideas and networking, and a special guest panel with PHI's Sue Grinnell.   more

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PHI in the News

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Oakland City Council Puts Soda Tax on November Ballot

May 04, 2016 | Lisa Aliferis | KQED

PHI President and CEO Mary A. Pittman is quoted in this article about a sugar-sweetened beverage excise tax initiative that will be put before voters in Oakland, CA, on the November ballot. “It is time that big beverage companies dip into their millions of dollars of profits and help pay for the damage their products cause,” Pittman said.  more

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