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Healthy, Climate Resilient Farms for A Healthy U.S.

June 10, 2013 | Jeni Miller, PhD

Climate variability puts a tremendous strain on farms. Last week, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced a set of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) measures to help American farmers grapple with climate change. “Our farmers and ranchers,” he said, “are on the front lines of identifying threats [to our food production] and adapting to meet them.” Vilsack cited the dangers to crops posed by drought, storms and flooding, changing temperatures, and increased pests. He added that the agriculture sector has an important role to play, as well, in preventing climate change. Tools and support to help farmers tackle the challenges of climate change are not only good for agriculture, they’re good for our health.  more

California’s Sugary Drink Tax Proposal Has Not Yet Fizzled

June 10, 2013 | Cyndi Walter

Despite setbacks, California’s sugary drink tax proposal has not yet fizzled.

The proposal, along with past initiatives, has served as a wake-up call for many Californians about the need to offset the cost of the $52 billion a year obesity crisis in the state. And, it has galvanized citizens and organizations that see sugar sweetened beverages as a huge part of the problem.  more

GOJoven Fellows Gain Audience with Honduran President, Push for Policies to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and Violence Against Women

June 07, 2013 | Marian Alonso

PHI's GOJoven program trains young leaders across Latin America to advocate for policies and programs to improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health. In Honduras, GOJoven fellows are mobilizing and raising their voices – and the Honduran President is listening.  more

Lifting Up Local Voices: ENACT Day 2013

June 05, 2013 | Linda Shak and Lisa Hershey

The big day has arrived. For the last several weeks, our organizations, joined by our colleagues at California Center for Public Health Advocacy, California Food Policy Advocates, and California Pan Ethnic Health Network, have been hard at work on planning our yearly training and advocacy day in Sacramento -- ENACT Day 2013. We will be joined by community leaders and advocates from across the state -- from Shasta County in the far north to the Central Valley to San Diego -- to demonstrate the groundswell of support for creating environments where healthy eating and physical activity opportunities are available to all Californians. Find out more.  more

PHI at the 2013 Childhood Obesity Conference June 18-20

June 04, 2013 | Anne Sunderland, MPH

PHI will be well-represented at the 7th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference June 18-20 in Long Beach, CA. PHI programs will participate in a variety of sessions, workshops and poster presentations.  more

As Full ACA Implementation Approaches, Health Leadership Conference Focuses on Prevention

May 31, 2013 | Anne Sunderland, MPH

Insuring more Americans under the Affordable Care Act in 2014 will be an important step forward, but won’t cure all of the country’s health problems. This was the message delivered by health leaders to hundreds attending Health 3.0: Transforming Community Health and Care Delivery in Berkeley, Calif.  more

What the World Needs Now Is Girl-Centered Advocacy

May 29, 2013 | Denise Dunning, PhD

PHI's Denise Dunning, PhD, blogs for the Huffington Post from the 2013 Women Deliver Conference: "Only by investing in girl-centered advocacy will we sustainably improve girls' lives on a global scale, reduce human suffering, and achieve our broader development goals."  more

PHI Supports "Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act"

May 29, 2013

It is well established, if insufficiently acknowledged, that climate change is having and will continue to have significant harmful impacts on human health. These threats to health from climate change require robust, comprehensive action that engages all levels of government.

That is why the Public Health Institute has signed on in support of U.S. Representative Lois Capps's Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act, which would give the Department of Health and Human Services the mandate to prepare the nation’s public health systems to address those impacts.  more

AB 411 – How Including Gender will Make a Good Bill Even Better

May 22, 2013 | Kate Karpilow, PhD

The California State Assembly voted 51 to 17 last week in support of AB 411 (Pan), which would require managed care plans provided through Medi-Cal to evaluate the quality and appropriateness of their services by the geographic region, race, ethnicity and primary language of their clients, and to the extent that data is available, by sexual orientation. The bill now goes to the State Senate, and our representatives in the upper house have an opportunity to make a good bill even better.

What’s needed?  A requirement to analyze by gender.  more

California’s Health in All Policies Task Force

May 21, 2013 | Julia Caplan

The State of California created a Health in All Policies Task Force in 2010 in order to build inter-agency partnerships across State government to address issues of health, equity and environmental sustainability.  This initiative brings together 18 state agencies, departments, and offices including education, transportation, land use planning, social services, food and agriculture, and forestry.  more

Addressing the Mounting Costs of Extreme Weather in California

May 16, 2013 | Jeni Miller, PhD

In testimony before a state Senate committee Thursday, the Public Health Institute's Dr. Linda Rudolph called for strong action on climate and cited a recent study that found six climate-related extreme weather events - three of them in California - generated health costs of over $14 billion. "The health care cost impacts of climate change are enormous," she told the panel.   more

Stigma, Choice and Change: GYCA's Joya Banerjee at TEDx

May 09, 2013 | Gillian Dolce

From a 14-yr-old sex trafficked girl in Mumbai, to a Cambodian boy shooting heroin, to a Nigerian woman who believes using condoms will send her to hell, how do circumstances and stigma shape HIV risk and intervention? Joya Banerjee, co- founder of PHI's Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA), recently attended TEDxBarcelonaChange in Barcelona, Spain, where she spoke about how GYCA members and other early members of the youth AIDS movement turned the typical notion of public health on its head. Watch her TEDx talk.  more

Skating to Health in Marin County

May 08, 2013

Marin County was ranked the #1 Healthiest County in California according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, but that does not mean that all its residents are benefiting from that health status. Marin City is a diverse, unincorporated community of about 4,000 just northwest of downtown Sausalito. Marin City has suffered from higher rates of crime and poverty than surrounding areas as well as a lack of resources that put healthy options out of reach for most of its residents.  more

Worsening Wildfires: Threat to Health, Reason for Action on Climate Change

May 07, 2013 | Jeni Miller, PhD

This past week wildfires torched 28,000 acres in California, at one point threatening 4,000 homes in Ventura County before fire crews were able to begin to rein them in. These California wildfires are one more signal that the time to act on climate change is now. To protect our health, we must lean into the two challenges before us.  more

What Every Woman Wants this Mother's Day

May 06, 2013 | PDF | Mary A. Pittman

Every day the Public Health Institute (PHI) helps moms around the world raise healthy kids. In honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday, we are asking our supporters to make a donation so we can continue this life-changing work.  more

World Asthma Day: Show Your Support for Asthma Programs

May 06, 2013 | Anne Kelsey Lamb


Tomorrow, May 7th, is World Asthma Day, and no matter where you live you can show your support for reducing the burden of asthma on children and families in communities across the country. There are plenty of ways you can help.   more

Remembering Toni Yancey

May 03, 2013 | Mary A. Pittman, DrPH


Toni Yancey's enduring legacy will be that she helped elevate public awareness that physical movement is as vital as healthy eating. “Every minute of activity counts,” she liked to say.  more

Evaluation IS Intervention

May 01, 2013 | Denise Dunning, PhD

The very process of evaluation has the potential to strengthen and sharpen our impact, if we use it wisely. Contrary to widely-held views, evaluation is not a neutral force that objectively assesses impact without influencing the initiative in question. Quite the opposite, evaluation is one of the social sector’s most important forms of intervention. Two case studies, from Guatemala and Liberia, illustrate how evaluation can serve not merely as a strategy to assess impact, but also as an opportunity for learning, reflection, and growth for a program and participants.  more

PHI Heads to Women Deliver Conference

April 30, 2013

On May 28-30, PHI will head to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to join thousands of participants from around the world, including government leaders, policymakers, healthcare professionals, non-profit representatives, and corporate leaders, at this year's Women Deliver conference, which promises to be "the largest global event of the decade to focus on the health and empowerment of girls and women."

Find out more about PHI program-sponsored events.  more

NCDs in the Post-2015 Development Framework

April 23, 2013 | Jeff Meer



The UN's Milennium Development Goals have focused much international development assistance on acheiving global progress in eliminating poverty by 2015.  Now the question arises, what to do after 2015? A new UN report suggests an overarching goal could be "sustainable well-being for all," which would include improving education, gender equality, sustainable energy, nutrition, water/sanitation, and climate change adaptation and mitigation.  more

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