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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

The public health case for legalizing pot: it could replace alcohol

June 06, 2014 | Vox

Researcher Meenakshi Subbaraman, of the Alcohol Research Group, comments on casual marijuana use compared to alcohol.  more

Cohn: Body Is Vulnerable to Environmental Toxins During Certain Periods of Development

May 29, 2014 | Nature

In an article in the international journal Nature, PHI epidemiologist Barbara Cohn addresses links her studies have found between cancer and carcinogenic chemicals people are exposed to during particularly vulnerable times in their development. These "windows of susceptibility" occur during gestation, puberty, pregnancy and after giving birth.   more

PHI's Islas: Pass State Bill Requiring Warning Labels on Sugary Beverages

May 20, 2014 | Genoveva Islas, MPH | Fresno Bee

 In a Fresno Bee op-ed, PHI's Genoveva Islas and a co-author urge California legislators to pass Senate Bill 1000, the Beverage Warning Label Act, which requires this warning on all sugar-sweetened beverages: "Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay." The authors highlight a recent study that found 31% of hospitalized Central Valley residents in 2011 had type 2 diabetes - and that 42.5% of hospitalized Latinos had the disease.   more

PHI's Lynn Silver: It's Time for FDA to Help Americans Shake the Salt Habit

April 28, 2014 | New York Times

In a letter to the editor of the New York Times, PHI senior advisor Lynn Silver says it's high time for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to take action to reduce the invisible, excess salt in our processed food.  more

News Media Cover PHI Study Linking Menstrual Cycles to Ovarian Cancer

April 09, 2014

Women with irregular menstrual cycles had a twofold increased risk of death from ovarian cancer, according to a large, prospective PHI study presented here today at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2014.   more

Viewpoints: Action needed to protect health during drought and dry days ahead

February 06, 2014 | Linda Rudolph | Sacramento Bee

California is now in the grip of the most severe drought on record. In his drought emergency declaration, Gov. Jerry Brown urged Californians to “pause and reflect on how dependent we are on the rain, nature and one another.”

Let’s not forget about our health. Water is, after all, essential for life.


Read Linda Rudolph's opinion piece in the Sacramento Bee  more

New group's goal: Food reform on California's front burner

January 08, 2014 | San Francisco Chronicle

The San Francisco Chronicle writes about PHI's Roots of Change program and its 2013 CA Legislative Report Related to Food and Farming (released today).  more

Faces for the Future mentors students in health care careers

December 31, 2013 | San Francisco Chronicle

"If you are poor and you are uneducated and you don't have a diploma, you are more likely to suffer from health problems or disparities," said Dr. Tomás Magaña, a pediatrician who founded the program at Children's Hospital Oakland but now runs it out of the Public Health Institute, an Oakland nonprofit. "Faces tries to address that by providing opportunities for academic success, professional and personal."  more

New HIV/AIDS prevention methods for women needed

December 10, 2013 | Bethany Young Holt, Manjula Lusti-Narasimhan | San Francisco Chronicle

PHI's Bethany Young Hold and WHO's Manjula Lusti-Narasimhan make the case for MPTs in an opinion piece published in the San Francisco Chronicle. They address the need for better prevention, call for funding into MPT research, and ask for greater collaboration between HIV and contraception research.   more

Fast Food Popular Among California's Very Young, Fruits and Vegetables Not So Much

December 02, 2013

Fast food continues to be popular among young California children, and many don't eat the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, according to a UCLA Center for Health Policy Research study led by PHI researchers that has appeared in the news media.   more

Why Businesses Should Invest in Community Health

November 26, 2013 | Mary A. Pittman | as originally appeared in Employee Benefit News

PHI makes the case for why businesses should move beyond just workplace wellness to invest in building healthier communities.   more

More States Will Deregulate Alcohol Sales, ARG's Kerr Predicts

November 05, 2013 | Beer Business Daily

More states will deregulate alcohol sales and allow customers to buy alcohol at private retail outlets instead of at state-owned stores, Alcohol Research Group scientist Bill Kerr, PhD, predicts in a Beer Business Daily article.  more

Many Beers and Wines Have Become Stronger Than You May Realize

October 15, 2013 | HealthDay


Thanks to rising alcohol levels in wine and beer, the drinks served in bars and restaurants are often more potent than people realize, a new report from PHI's Alcohol Research Group shows.

As a result, even conscientious drinkers who stick to a strict one- or two-drink limit could easily find themselves beyond the legal limit for driving or accidentally consuming more alcohol than they want to for good health.  more

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