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Boosting healthy eating - and profits for local farmers

April 05, 2013 | Anne Sunderland

PHI’s Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program worked with community stakeholders to implement Electronic Benefit Transfer at two local flea markets in Merced. This allowed residents to use CalFresh benefits to buy produce at these venues, supporting healthy eating while also boosting revenue for local farmers to the tune of $220,000 a year.  more

Workplace Wellness Is Catching on, National Public Opinion Poll Shows

April 03, 2013 | Carolyn Newbergh

Workplace wellness programs are taking root throughout the country and are starting to boost the bottom line, speakers reported at a Public Health Institute webinar.  more

Telehealth: the RX to Effective Health Care Delivery

April 02, 2013

The old prescription 'Take two aspirin and call me in the morning' has gone digital--and given physicians the opportunity to treat so much more than the common headache. Health care systems aiming to reduce costs and increase both the reach and the efficacy of health care provision are increasingly turning to telehealth technologies. PHI's Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) makes the case for the value, and cost savings, of telehealth technologies.  more

Safe Routes to School: An Investment Worth Protecting in California

April 02, 2013 | Anne Sunderland

For over two decades Safe Routes to School has helped California communities remove barriers to walking and biking to school. It's an investment in children's health and safety worth continuing, but recent proposals by Governor Brown put SRTS funding at risk.  more

Saving Money; Preventing Asthma

March 31, 2013 | Anne Sunderland

According to the CDC, asthma cost the U.S $56 billion in 2007. Indoor asthma triggers such as mold, dust mites and cockroaches are frequent culprits of the attacks that lead to expensive ER visits and hospitalizations. For over 12 years PHI’s Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP) program has supported the delivery of in-home case management services that help families remove indoor asthma triggers and better manage a child’s condition. These services have been shown to slash costs, and one day, may even yield a return for private investors.  more

'A Place to Grow' Profiles Nutrition Education Projects That Work

March 28, 2013

The new book “A Place to Grow” is a call to action for long-term commitments to invest in community-based nutrition education and obesity prevention.  more

Fulfilling the Promise of the Affordable Care Act

March 22, 2013 | Anne Sunderland

The success of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires revisioning our health care system. Increasing access to insurance and medical care under the ACA is an important part of the solution. But to truly fulfill the law’s promise of creating a healthier nation we must also recommit to investing in the health of our population – and giving all Americans a better shot at a healthy life.  more

Break the Silence – Start Telling the Stories of Sequester Cuts Now

March 21, 2013 | Carolyn Newbergh

Decisions will soon be made about exactly where sequester spending cuts will be made, and the pain will begin to be felt in homes, worksites, parks and schools around the country. That's why now is the time to begin telling the stories, as they occur, of how these cutbacks are hurting ordinary people, speakers at a PHI webinar said Wednesday.   more

Ending All Violence Against Girls and Women

March 20, 2013 | Denise Dunning

Last week, the UN Commission on the Status of Women brought together thousands of global leaders who are working to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. In this Huffington Post blog, Denise Dunning, director of PHI's Adolescent Girls' Advocacy & Leadership Initiative (AGALI), discusses how the program has invested in innovative solutions to address the challenges facing adolescent girls around the world, including gender-based violence.  more

NCDs and Global Health Come to Capitol Hill

March 19, 2013 | Jeff Meer

As recently as three years ago, the term “noncommunicable diseases,” or NCDs, was uncommon. Referring to a set of conditions including cancer, diabetes, chronic lung disease and cardiovascular disease, NCDs are responsible for more than 60 percent of all deaths worldwide, but lagged far behind HIV, malaria, TB, upper respiratory infections and diarrhea in the public consciousness about causes of illness, particularly in developing countries. This week, NCDs and global health are coming to Capitol Hill.  more

Nickelodeon "wanted" for marketing junk food to children

March 14, 2013 | Heather Gehlert

Public health advocates say that Nickelodeon's practice of marketing unhealthy foods to kids runs afoul of the entertainment giant's claim that it is a responsible media business and have called on the company to stop advertising junk food to children. "Nickelodeon permits SpongeBob to entice kids to eat junk food," Lori Dorfman, director of Berkeley Media Studies Group, said. "A family-friendly company should be making things easier for parents, not harder. Parents' best efforts to ensure that their kids eat well are simply no match for the billions of dollars that marketers spend each year trying to hook new customers."  more

PHI Study Links Exposure to DDT in Uterus to Hypertension Before Age 50

March 12, 2013 | Carolyn Newbergh

A new PHI study finds for the first time that a woman exposed to the pesticide DDT in the womb has a threefold higher risk of developing hypertension before age 50.   more

PHI’s Mary Pittman Appointed to Institute of Medicine Roundtable

March 12, 2013

The Institute of Medicine has appointed Public Health Institute CEO and president Mary A. Pittman, DrPH, to its newly established Roundtable on Population Health Improvement. The 19-member panel will focus attention on the need to address the many factors outside the doctor’s office that bear on whether people are healthy or not.  more

Rise Up: Advocating for Girls Around the World

March 04, 2013

Join the United Nations Foundation, PHI's AGALI and others to continue the conversation started at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) side event Rise Up: Advocating for Girls Around the World. Listen in as invited girl advocates and adult champions from all over the world discuss the challenges adolescent girls face in their communities and effective advocacy strategies – especially those involving technology and new media – that can be used to help girls overcome these challenges.  more

Sequester and Public Health: Ominous, but Not Inevitable

February 25, 2013 | Gabrielle Serra

For anyone who has turned on the television or read national news over the past few days, it is obvious that sequestration has consumed the entirety of Washington, D.C.’s attention, and increasingly the public’s attention as well. For those of you who are just now tuning in, sequestration is the federal budget cutting tactic that is now synonymous with $1.2 trillion in automatic and largely indiscriminate cuts over the next decade that will start to go into effect on March 1. The impact of sequestration would be as ominous as it sounds.  more

Climate Policy Is Health Policy: The U.S. Climate Protection Act of 2013

February 24, 2013 | Jeni Miller

The Climate Protection Act of 2013 deserves vigorous support, but we must also make certain that it's shaped by an understanding of just how serious the effects of climate change are on public heatlh.  more

PHI-Supported Organization in Malawi Pioneers New Ways to End Child Marriage

February 24, 2013

The Girls Empowerment Network  in Blantyre, Malawi has been involved with PHI's AGALI program since 2009.  By collaborating with girl advocates and employing innovative media outreach strategies, GENET has been able to convince chiefs and other traditional leaders to implement strict bylaws prohibiting child marriage.  more

Drinking Causes 3.5% of Cancer Deaths – More Than from Melanoma, New Study Finds

February 14, 2013 | Carolyn Newbergh

A new study sounds the alert that the risk of dying from a cancer caused by drinking any amount of alcohol should be taken just as seriously as the risk of dying from melanoma and ovarian cancers – but it’s not.  more

What Does USDA's "Smart Snacks in Schools" Mean for School Nutrition in California?

February 05, 2013 | Cyndi Walter

Cyndi Walter, director of PHI's California Project LEAN, discusses the USDA 's new proposed nutrition standards for snacks sold in schools.  more

Bringing Telehealth to Scale: Three Pioneering Health Systems

February 04, 2013 | Carolyn Newbergh

Telehealth technologies are often seen as a promising way to ensure that patients with serious health conditions receive the coordination in care they need after leaving a hospital so that they don’t wind up back in the hospital for the treatment of largely preventable complications. But use of these remote patient monitoring devices is only in its early stages – do we have evidence yet that they work?  more

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