November 27, 2012 | Jeff Meer
Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), illnesses including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic lung disease, are potent killers, claiming more than 35 million lives per year around the world--about 62 percent of all deaths. By 2030, they will be the largest contributor to disability.
On November 9, 2012, a little more than a year following the UN High Level Meeting on NCDs, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) member states adopted-- for the first time ever--nine targets and twenty-five indicators that are intended to measure progress against NCDs. The purpose is to develop strategies and programs to reduce avoidable deaths and disability NCDs cause by 2025. We discuss the strengths and challenges of the new measures. more
November 16, 2012
PHI supports the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program as a valuable component of our national strategy to improve children’s eating habits and to promote their good health. Over the course of the last 10 years, the program has evolved from a small pilot into a nationwide program that provides fresh fruits and vegetables to more than three million elementary school children across the country, every year. For some children, the FFVP provides the first--and sometimes only--opportunity for them to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, as opposed to canned, frozen or processed foods.
PHI has led the creation and circulation of a sign-on letter to agriculture leaders in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to express support for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). The letter calls for maintaining the program in its current form, and at its current funding levels. more
November 15, 2012 | Robert Berger
Thursday, November 15th marks the 37th Great American Smokeout, an American Cancer Society (ACS) event that has helped millions of smokers quit their deadly addiction. While the event has focused on motivating smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit or to actually quit smoking that day, it has also played a significant role in shifting the social norm around use of tobacco products in general. more
November 14, 2012 | Heather Gehlert
Over the last century and a half, public health has greatly expanded its reach, going from a field that once dealt primarily with water, sanitation and infectious disease to one that recognizes health as something embedded in nearly every aspect of our lives. Heather Gelert of PHI"s Berkeley Media Studies Group gives us 30 reasons to be grateful for these efforts. more
November 13, 2012
PHI's VP of Public Health Policy and Advocacy, Matthew Marsom, joins Joni Eisenberg of Pacifica Radio's To Heal DC to talk about post-election prospects for public health. From the back-on-the-table Farm Bill to the impacts of sequestration on health-related funding, Matthew lays out the upcoming challenges for public health advocates. more
November 13, 2012
PHI's Tomás A. Magaña, M.D., M.A., F.A.A.P, has been selected as one of Diablo magazine's 2012 Threads of Hope honorees. He was selected for his "outstanding service, demonstrating the true spirit of commitment and compassion." more
November 07, 2012 | Mary A. Pittman
On November 6th, people across the country lined up to make their voices heard in our national election. Perhaps more than ever before, this election reflected the changing demographics of our country, where the votes of every person--young, old, people of color, women, GLBT--had an impact on local, state and national outcomes.
The election didn’t change one thing: we have a lot of hard work to do in the coming weeks and months to protect the resources and support for health—across the country and around the globe. And, again, we need all of our voices to make that happen. Find out more about our priorities. more
PHI’s Global Health Fellows Program II exhibits at Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference
November 02, 2012
Inspiring Leaders|Building Generations brought 15,000 people from across the country to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC on September 19-22, 2012. The event was a great venue for PHI’s Global Health Fellows Program II as it carries out its mandate to recruit, place and support fellows and interns to work with the US Agency for International Development in Washington, DC and its overseas missions. more
October 30, 2012
Our hearts and wishes are with those on the east coast dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Here are two simple things you can do to help out. more
October 26, 2012
Welcome to the Public Health Institute's new website. You'll find a new look, more resources and news and events to help build healthier, more resilient communities. PHI is the proud home of more than 200 projects and over 600 employees working around the globe to make people's lives healthier. Together these programs touch virtually every aspect of health. We invite you to explore. more
October 18, 2012
Lifting our Voices: Ending Child Marriage in Malawi (15min) addresses the issue of child marriage in Malawi and the impact that it has on adolescent girls’ health and wellbeing. Watch the video here. more
October 11, 2012 | PDF | Emily Teitsworth, program manager of PHI's Adolescent Girls’ Advocacy & Leadership Initiative
Today, from Lilongwe, Malawi to Guatemala City, Guatemala, Fellows of the Adolescent Girls Advocacy & Leadership Initiative (AGALI) are celebrating the first annual Day of the Girl Child.
For the first time, the United Nations General Assembly has adopted a resolution to declare October 11th as the International Day of the Girl Child, establishing a special day to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges facing girls and young women globally. Since then, activists around the world have been advocating for government recognition of the Day of the Girl Child and planning events to commemorate this historic day.
On this first annual Day of the Girl Child, I am excited to share the inspiring work being done by some of our 89 AGALI Fellows in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. more
September 12, 2012 | Emily Teitsworth, program manager of PHI's Adolescent Girls’ Advocacy & Leadership Initiative
The transformative potential of advocacy resides in the strength of partnerships and in the ability of many small voices to speak together and be heard by the powerful. The Adolescent Girls’ Advocacy & Leadership Initiative (AGALI) builds the capacity of civil society leaders with the goal of helping them to speak out with one voice on the critical issues affecting adolescent girls in their countries. AGALI Fellows in Guatemala, Honduras, Liberia, Malawi, and Ethiopia collaborate to transform adolescent girls’ lives by advancing their human rights, improving their health, expanding their educational and economic opportunities, and empowering girls to advocate for their own needs. more
September 12, 2012 | PDF | Carolyn Newbergh
Hina Mushtaq is a "pioneer in working at the intersection of health and technology," says David Lindeman, co-director of PHI's Center for Innovation and Technology in Public Health. “Her distinguished work at PHI, and now back in Pakistan, is an excellent example of how to apply technology-enabled programs at the population level." more
September 11, 2012 | PDF | Jeff Meer
In July the World Health Organization released the draft Action Plan on Non-Communicable Diseases and the accompanying draft global monitoring framework. Both documents should be improved to incorporate the needs of children and adolescents. There is a significant need to collect more data about NCDs in these populations, assess best practices, focus on prevention, and understand all of the ways that NCDs affect children and adolescents beyond health. We must appreciate fully the social determinants of health in young people, and create multisectoral approaches that involve a whole-of-government and whole-of-United-Nations approach. more
August 31, 2012 | Ann Whidden
Did you know that the average American consumes 3 pounds of sugar a week? Or that physical activity doesn't just make kids healthier, it boosts their grades? New infographics explain.
August 15, 2012 | PDF | Carolyn Newbergh
PHI's Rupal Sanghvi presents the nation's first system for quantifying the benefits of urban farms and making the case for more of them. more
August 06, 2012 | Mary Pittman, DrPH
We are one step closer to a healthier America — millions of Americans will be able to access affordable healthcare and coverage in the coming years. Here’s a radical suggestion: let’s make sure they don’t need to use it.
The Affordable Care Act provides new incentives to keep people healthier — with more people insured, profits won’t come from “heads on the beds” but from decreasing medical visits and building healthier communities. Now that we’re at that tipping point, we must think strategically and creatively about how we can make sure our elected officials, and our entire healthcare system, continue to prioritize prevention and support the health of every American. more
June 17, 2012 | Mary Pittman, DrPH
According to last week's reports, by 2021 health care spending will account for nearly one-fifth of the U.S. economy. More than 2 in 3 American adults are overweight or obese, and close to 50 percent have at least one chronic condition. Yet, for every dollar we spend on treating people who are already sick, our federal government spent just four cents on public health measures designed to keep them well.
Our country must do better. more
June 07, 2012 | Anne Sunderland, MPH
Mary Pittman, DrPH, CEO of the Public Health Institute, has been named an Expert Advisor to the new Let's Get Healthy California Task Force.
The Task Force was established pursuant to an Executive Order issued by Governor Brown and is charged with developing a 10-year plan to make Californians healthier. The Task Force will be co-chaired by California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Diana Dooley and Don Berwick, who served as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services until December 2011. Members of the Task Force include leaders from multiple sectors, including healthcare, public health, government, education and labor. more