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Watch PHI's Michael Dimock's Closing Keynote Speech at the 2016 Farm Tank Summit

September 28, 2016

This month, PHI's Michael Dimock, executive director of our Roots of Change program, gave the closing keynote at the inaugural Farm Tank Summit, hosted by the Food Tank in partnership with the Visit Sacramento, Farm-to-Fork Program, and University of California-Davis. The event feature more than 35 different speakers from the food and agriculture field, interactive panels moderated by top food journalists, networking, and delicious food, followed by a day of hands-on activities and opportunities for attendees. See the recording of Michael's remarks, or read his full comments.  more

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Press Releases

September 30: California Border Community Unveils Community Air Monitoring Website to Address Air Pollution and Asthma Crisis

September 20, 2016

On September 30, Imperial County community members, local organization Comite Civico del Valle, the California Environmental Health Tracking Program, and partners will celebrate the launch of IVAN Air Monitoring, a community air monitoring website that puts real-time air quality information in residents’ hands, during a celebratory event at Heber Elementary School, home to one of the community air monitors.

In Imperial County, the polluted air makes it risky to be a young child. Children in Imperial have an asthma ER rate that is nearly twice the state average. This project, funded by the National Institutes of Health, brings together scientists, community advocates, and local residents to develop a community air monitoring network. With the air monitoring data now available on a community-based website, parents and other residents now have air quality data that they can use to make immediate decisions to protect the health of their families.  more

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PHI Statement on Funding for Zika Response

September 28, 2016

The Public Health Institute applauds Congress for moving forward on a continuing resolution (CR) that includes $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus. The Zika provisions include funding for vaccine development, healthcare services and health centers, and maternal and childhood health grants. For communities battling the virus throughout the summer, the bill's boost is long overdue. It is also critical that the Zika funding did not come at the expense of other health issues.  more

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Announcements & Events

PHI's Linda Rudolph on "Navigating the Intersection: Western Water, Climate Change & Public Health" Webinar

September 27, 2016

Whether you’re a water utility manager in Colorado, a public health director in California, or a water justice activist in Arizona, climate-driven changes in western water are already having direct impacts on public health. What lies ahead and how do we work together? Find out in this upcoming webinar, hosted by Carpe Diem West and featuring PHI's Dr. Linda Rudolph, director of our Center for Climate Change and Health.  more

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PHI in the News

Kevin Barnett Talks to The Commonwealth Fund

September 28, 2016

Kevin Barnett, Dr.P.H., M.C.P., a senior investigator with the Public Health Institute, has spent the last two decades researching the ways nonprofit hospitals meet their charitable obligations. Kevin spoke with& Transforming Care, a publication from The Commonwealth Fund, on how community prevention and health disparity issues could be better incorporated into the work of hospitals.



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