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Building Health Organically in a Small Florida Community

May 20, 2016

Five years ago, when residents of Bithlo, Fla. got sick, they had to drive—or take an ambulance—to a hospital 15 miles away in Orlando. There was no doctor’s office or urgent care facility in their town of 8,200. Practitioners knew that building a healthy community required more than providing access to primary care or clean water. It would need a more holistic approach. Therefore, the collaboration between public and private partners focuses on nine areas necessary for overall wellness: education, transportation, housing, basic needs, a sense of community, health care, the environment, economic opportunity, and arts and athletics.  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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"Consumers want to know what’s in their food": Statement on Nutrition Facts Panel

May 20, 2016

"The Public Health Institute and PHI’s California Project LEAN applaud today’s announcement by the FDA and First Lady Michelle Obama of changes in the Nutrition Facts Panels. Consumers want to know what’s in their food and how it contributes or detracts from their health. Today’s announcement from the FDA is a major step in giving consumers the power and knowledge to make the best decisions for themselves and their families."  more

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Announcements & Events

Join PHI at Women Deliver

May 11, 2016

Women Deliver’s 4th Global Conference, taking place in May 2016, will be the largest gathering on girls’ and women’s health and rights in the last decade and one of the first major global conferences following the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more about the conference and PHI program participation.  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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