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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

PHI Poll of Rural Voter Attitudes about Obesity Covered by Various Local Media

January 31, 2013

A PHI poll of voters in 12 rural California counties, which found widespread concern over rising obesity rates, was picked up by various local media in the surveyed areas.  more

Preparing Health Workers for the Growing Burden of Non-Communicable Diseases

January 30, 2013 | Jeff Meer


One of the largest changes occurring in global health is increasing urgency for health workers to prevent, diagnose and treat non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Unfortunately, few frontline health workers in developing countries have the training and expertise to do this.  more

The True “Beneficiary” is the Organization that Listens

January 30, 2013 | Denise Dunning, PhD, MPA

Denise Raquel Dunning, program director of AGALI, contends that the social sector must do better at listening to the voices of the people it serves.  more

New Plan Tells Us How California Can Become the "Healthiest State in the Nation” in 10 Years

January 24, 2013 | Mary A. Pittman


Obesity and chronic illness continue to take a toll on individuals and drive health care costs higher, but we have the power to reverse these stubborn trend lines. Last May, Governor Brown established the statewide Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force, composed of some of our foremost leaders from public health, health care, labor, business, philanthropy, academia and community advocates, to develop a 10-year plan for improving all Californians’ health, reducing health care costs and advancing health equity. I was honored to serve as an expert advisor to this task force. The recently released  report sets out a pathway for California to become “the healthiest state in the nation” over 10 years.  more

Save programs that help create healthy communities

January 23, 2013

In an op-ed in today's Sacramento Bee PHI CEO Mary Pittman argues that new poll results show that Californians want action to build healthier communities and prevent obesity.  more

IOM Report Puts Public Health in the Headlines

January 14, 2013 | Anne Sunderland

Last week a report by the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council showed that Americans live shorter lives and experience more injury and illness than our counterparts in 16 other affluent democracies. The findings come amidst ongoing debate over the sequester, which is scheduled to slash federal health spending on March 1.  more

It's Time for Tobacco Control in Africa

January 11, 2013 | Jeff Meer

Africa is one of the most important battlegrounds in tobacco control these days. With smoking rates and production declining in traditional markets like the United States and Canada, big tobacco is increasingly looking to Africa and Asia for both upstream tobacco cultivation and downstream sales.  more

Bringing Healthy Foods Closer to Home

January 07, 2013 | Carolyn Newbergh

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One of the major reasons why obesity and chronic illness are higher among low-income people is they have a tougher time finding wholesome food close to home. Now new issue briefs highlight how some California communities are making nutritious food more available through community gardens and healthy corner stores.  more

What is mHealth and How Can It Be Used to Save Lives?

January 03, 2013 | Andrew Broderick

Mobile technologies are rapidly expanding throughout the world. The question is whether we can harness these technologies to impact the health and lives of women and children ("mHealth"), particularly in the Global South.  more

What We Can Do Together in 2013

January 02, 2013 | PDF | Mary A. Pittman

I am proud to share just a few examples of how PHI's work touched lives and communities at home and abroad in 2012. In 2013 PHI will continue to work to make good health not just a wish but a reality in communities in California, across the U.S. and around the world.  more

The Year in Public Health: Looking Back on Hard-Won Progress, Looking Ahead to New Possibilities

January 02, 2013 | Heather Gehlert

Public health professionals and advocates worked tirelessly in 2012 to make sure that context supported health for the largest number of people possible. They encountered dicey political battles and discouraging setbacks along the way, but, ultimately, 2012 was a year of progress.  more

PHI's FACES for the Future Featured on NBC Nightly News

January 01, 2013 | Anne Sunderland

PHI's FACES for the Future Coalition and its founder, Dr. Tomás A. Magaña, were featured on the NBC Nightly News on January 1, 2013. In this compelling piece, Dr. Magaña discusses his passion for giving at-risk youth the opportunity to develop the self-esteem, confidence and practical skills necessary to become health care professionals.  more

Join us: Protect Public Health in the Fiscal Cliff Deal

December 18, 2012 | Matthew Marsom

PHI and our partners have been in DC taking action to protect public health resources during fiscal cliff conversations since early this fall. Now is the time to ask for your help. The negotiations are starting to take shape, and we need your action to make sure that health funding doesn’t take the brunt of the cuts.

Will you take a moment to call the White House and Speaker Boehner, and ask them to protect public health funding in any deal they reach?  more

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