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Pot Plus Booze Doubles Odds for Drunk Driving, Study Says

April 15, 2015 | Health Day

Drinkers who smoke marijuana as they imbibe are twice as likely to drive drunk compared with people who stick to alcohol alone, a new study reports.

These "simultaneous" users are also three times more likely to face social troubles as a result of drinking and marijuana -- drunken brawls, broken marriages, damaged relationships and ruined careers among them.

"There are a lot of problems related to alcohol, and marijuana seems to potentially enhance the effects of alcohol in causing these problems," said study co-author William Kerr, associate director of the Alcohol Research Group.


Chronic diseases take their toll among central San Joaquin Valley residents

April 13, 2015 | Barbara Anderson | The Fresno Bee

It makes sense to focus on social, behavioral and environmental factors that contribute to people’s health, says Mary Pittman, president and chief executive officer of the Oakland-based Public Health Institute.

Instead of an emphasis on treating disease, the objective should be, “What can we do in a community to keep people healthier so they don’t end up in the health-care system in the first place,” Pittman says.


Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/2015/04/11/4471463_chronic-diseases-take-their-toll.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

How and when should sex ed be taught in school?

March 17, 2015 | Take Two, 89.3 KPCC Radio

Norm Constantine joins public radio's "Take Two" to discuss sex ed in schools.  more

What Causes Breast Cancer? These Mothers and Daughters May Hold a Clue

February 11, 2015 | WNYC

Dr. Barbara Cohn, Director of the Child Health and Development Studies at the Public Health Institute, spoke about her cross-generational studies looking at connections between environment, cancer and other diseases, on NPR Morning Edition and on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show.   more

Portland Will Zero in on Health Inequity in a Single Neighborhood

February 11, 2015 | Rivkela Brodsky | Portland Business Journal

"This initiative is designed to make much better use of existing resources from the health and community development sector to make a lasting, sustained impact on people's lives and health, not to generate new revenues," said Kevin Barnett, senior investigator at the Public Health Institute. "Thousands of dollars are already being directed into neighborhoods, but not always in a strategic or effective way."  more

How a Warming Climate Impacts Public Health

February 03, 2015 | Emergency Management

An Emergency Management article reports that RAMP is working with other Public Health Institute programs to encourage the public health community to prepare for the unusual health impacts of climate change. 'We are recognizing that climate change is one of the most significant public health issues of our time, and we want to see the public health community increasing the level of engagement with this issue,” RAMP director Anne Kelsey Lamb says.  more

Teen Dating Abuse and How Schools Can Help Prevent It

January 27, 2015 | Deseret News

“Prevention of relationship abuse among adolescents requires a range of strategies from educating youth and adults about the extent of the problem; connecting youth to relevant supports and services; and engaging schools, parents and other influential adults to talk about healthy relationships,” Alison Chopel, executive director of PHI's California Adolescent Health Collaborative, says in the Deseret News in Salt Lake City.  more

State Puts Limits on a Pesticide Used for Strawberries, Other Crops

January 14, 2015 | Los Angeles Times

"California farmers must restrict their use of a tear gas-like pesticide applied to strawberries and other crops under new rules designed to protect farmworkers and people who live, work and go to school near agricultural fields," the Los Angeles Times reports.

This is the same chemical that a report last April by the California Environmental Health Tracking Program – a collaboration of the state Department of Public Health and the Public Health Institute – found is the agricultural pesticide of public health concern that is applied mostly heavily near public schools.  more

Packard Foundation Hosting Youth Champions Incubator

January 07, 2015 | Los Altos Town Crier


Collaborating with the Public Health Institute, the Packard Foundation launched a search last summer to identify 18- to 29-year-old professionals with a passion for sexual and reproductive health and rights and an innovative project idea with the potential to advance reproductive health issues.  more

Will 'Health in all Policies' take center stage in 2015?

December 31, 2014 | The Pulse at WHYY


"Public health is working with transportation, with housing, with agriculture, with education, with the justice departments, really with anyone who makes decisions that impact what a community looks and feels like," said Linda Rudolph, director of the Center for Climate Change and Health at the Public Health Institute.  more

Plantibodies Could Pave the Road to Wellness

December 17, 2014 | Newsweek

In an article predicting that multipurpose technologies (MPTs) that "pack sexually transmitted infection prevention into contraception" may not be far off, Bethany Young Holt of PHI's CAMI Health describes the substantial benefit these products could have for women.  more

Setting the Table for Better Food Policy

December 05, 2014 | The Sacramento Bee

“It’s hard to change things at the federal level, so we’re trying to start with the state,” says Michael Dimock, a member of the council’s executive committee and president of the Bay Area-based advocacy group Roots of Change.  more

Washington Post: Having just one drink doubles your risk of getting injured

November 14, 2014 | The Washington Post

"Patients were asked about the cause of injury bringing them to the emergency department (categorized as falls, traffic, violence, other), drinking within six hours prior to the injury event, and drinking during the same six-hour period the previous week," author Cheryl Cherpitel and her four co-authors explain. Cherpitel is a researcher Alcohol Research Group, a program of the Public Health Institute.  more

Report Links Childhood Trauma to Adult Illnesses

November 06, 2014 | San Francisco Chronicle

One in six California adults has experienced significant childhood stress, in the form of abuse, neglect or family dysfunction, that significantly increases their odds of having dementia or Alzheimer's, kidney disease and other health problems, according to a pioneering study released by the Public Health Institute and the Center for Youth Wellness.  more

Public health: The (silent) cure for Ebola

October 18, 2014 | Mary A. Pittman | The Hill

It is because of the day in-day out work of public health that we live relatively healthy lives, and see few major outbreaks. And it is because public health does its job so well that our work is virtually invisible: we don’t see the epidemic quelled because of vaccination campaigns; we don’t witness the salmonella outbreak that was prevented because of food inspection and regulation; we don’t notice the devastating diseases rendered asymptomatic or cured thanks to research that takes years (and funding) to complete.


White House Holds Disability Summit to Improve Health

October 07, 2014 | care2.org

The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability, the American Association on Health and Disability, the Center on Disability at the Public Health Institute, and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) were among the participants at the White House Disability Summit, which examined why disabled people have trouble accessing fitness programs, and how barriers can be overcome.   more

PHI's Landmark Climate Change Event Highlighted in takepart.com

September 29, 2014 | takepart.com

The findings of a JAMA study that make a "compelling case" that higher temperatures and extreme weather pose substantial threats to human health were presented at PHI's Action in Climate Change and Health event, as reported in takepart.com.  more

Valley Counties Awarded Federal Grants to Improve Health

September 25, 2014 | Fresno Bee

The Public Health Institute, a nonprofit organization that promotes health in California, was awarded nearly $2.9 million over three years to launch a program as part of the CDC's Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Initiative.

The grant will focus on six largely Hispanic neighborhoods -- southeast Fresno and Orange Cove in Fresno County, southeast Bakersfield and Arvin in Kern County and Ceres and Turlock in Stanislaus County.  more

Dramatic decline in California's teen birthrates over 22 years

July 23, 2014 | Contra Costa Times

Alison Chopel, director of the Public Health Institute's California Adolescent Health Collaborative, comments on California's drop in teen birthrates.   more

Research links climate change to health concerns

July 16, 2014 | Helena Independent Record

When many politicians and activist groups discuss climate change, they focus on the environmental impact of rising temperatures, and the ripple effect created by those changes is often left out of the conversation.

One California physician is working to change that.

Dr. Linda Rudolph, co-director of the Climate Change and Public Health Project in the California Public Health Institute’s Center for Climate Change and Public Health, recently visited Montana to meet with politicians, activist groups, local governments and others to discuss the impacts that climate change will have on public health.  more

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