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First-Ever Report on California Food and Farming Legislation is Released

January 08, 2014

A report released today by Roots of Change, a project of PHI, and the California Food Policy Council for the first time tracks food and farm policy voting records by the California Legislature. The 2013 CA Legislative Report Related to Food and Farming brings to light how the Golden State’s Legislature is missing a golden opportunity: that fixing California’s food and farming challenges will dramatically improve our state’s most serious health, environmental and economic problems.  more

Journey Forward and C/NET Solutions Leverage Electronic Health Data to Create Survivorship Care Plans for Cancer Patients

December 12, 2013

Journey Forward, a leader in electronic survivorship care plans, and PHI's C/NET Solutions, a leading provider of cancer registry software, today confirmed the successful export of patient data from C/NExT CNExT Registry software into the Journey Forward Survivorship Care Plan Builder software. This milestone gives oncology professionals the ability to efficiently and accurately import most of the diagnosis and treatment summary information into survivorship care plans. These plans aim to improve coordination of care for cancer survivors throughout their lives while helping survivors and their care teams understand their cancer treatments and follow-up needs.   more

Unhappy meals? Majority of very young children in California eat fast food at least once a week

November 26, 2013

A surprisingly large percentage of very young children in California, including 70 percent of Latino children, eat fast food regularly, according to a new policy brief by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.  more

How Much Alcohol Is in Your Drink? Stronger Beers and Wines Make It Harder to Tell

October 15, 2013

Consumers often don’t know how much alcohol they are actually drinking, according to “The Blurring of Alcohol Categories,” a new report from the Public Health Institute’s Alcohol Research Group (ARG) published by the National Alcoholic Beverage Control Association. Many new beer and wine products have increased alcohol content—blurring what were once clear lines between the alcohol content of beer, wine and spirits.

Adding to the confusion, beer and wine brands aren’t required to list alcohol content – some do so voluntarily while others do not. As a result, many drink more alcohol than they realize and may unwittingly exceed the legal blood alcohol level for driving - increasing their potential danger of car crashes and harm to their safety and health, the report explains. Those who wish only to drink alcohol moderately might overdrink without knowing it.  more

Contraception & HIV Prevention in a Single Product: CAMI receives $1M Gates Foundation Grant

August 29, 2013

Breakthrough technologies that will enable women to better control fertility and simultaneously protect themselves and their families from HIV and other STIs are finally on the horizon. CAMI, (Coalition Advancing Multipurpose Innovations), has received a one million dollar grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support their international work coordinating the development and availability of products that provide contraception while preventing HIV and other STIs.

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California Environmental Health Tracking Program Slated for Massive Cuts

July 15, 2013

California’s main statewide health tracking system for environmental hazards and non-infectious disease, the California Environmental Health Tracking Program (CEHTP), received notice this week from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that it will be cut by 35 percent effective August 1, undermining California’s capacity to analyze and respond to looming public health threats.

“This short-sighted cut to CEHTP is symptomatic of a broader dismantling of critical public health services and infrastructure that puts the health of Californians at risk,” said Mary A. Pittman, DrPH, president and CEO of the Public Health Institute (PHI), which is funded by the CDC to administer CEHTP on behalf of the California Department of Public Health. “Cutting funding for CEHTP will leave public health programs and agencies without a critical early warning system that allows us to respond to hazards in time to actually protect people.”  more

White House Recognizes PHI’s Linda Rudolph as Public Health and Climate ‘Champion of Change’

July 09, 2013

The White House honored Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH, today as one of 11 “Champions of Change” working on the front lines to protect public health in a changing climate. A nationally recognized public health physician and expert on climate change and public health, Rudolph leads the Public Health Institute’s Center for Public Health and Climate Change.  more

Media Advisory: Exploring the Link Between Guns and Violence

July 09, 2013

The stunning defeat of gun control legislation in Congress – even after the public outcry for better gun control when schoolchildren were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December – doesn’t mean there isn’t more we can do.  As a distinguished panel of national experts on gun violence will explain in a July 10 Dialogue4Health Web Forum, it is now time to recognize that the nation’s gun violence epidemic is a public health problem.  more

PHI Joins Global Women’s Leadership Network to Launch Brainstorm Challenge to Advance Equity for Women and Girls

May 01, 2013

Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN), the Public Health Institute and other partners are launching a Brainstorm Challenge to crowdsource new ideas on how to radically accelerate the development of leadership capacity in women and girls around the globe. The Brainstorm Challenge will run from May 1-31 and $500 prizes will be awarded to the top two solvers who offer the best ideas to address the Challenge questions.  more

National Web Forum Aims to Mobilize Latino Community to Address High Obesity Rates

April 10, 2013

The Public Health Institute will host a national web forum on April 16 on obesity prevention that will shine an urgently needed spotlight solely on why this is an important issue for the Latino community. The programming will air in both Spanish and English.  more

2013 County Health Rankings Highlight Health Differences Across California

March 20, 2013

Marin is the healthiest county in California and Lake is the least healthy, according to the fourth annual County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The project assigns each California county a ranking based on health outcomes data and the various economic, social, behavioral and environmental factors that influence health. Similar to last year, several (although not all) counties in the Bay Area ranked high, while many rural counties remained low.  more

Cereal Companies Leverage Online Marketing to Target Children, BMSG/Yale Study Reports

February 20, 2013

Cereal companies, the third largest food marketer to children, are using sophisticated online marketing techniques to target kids with unhealthy products and get them to engage with brands in ways not possible through television advertising, a study by PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group and the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity found. The techniques include tracking children's online behavior and creating interactive ads disguised as entertainment.  more

Research by the Public Health Institute Identifies New Communities Within California with Elevated Breast Cancer Rates

November 27, 2012

New research by the Public Health Institute’s (PHI) California Breast Cancer Mapping Project (CBCMP) has pinpointed four previously unidentified areas of California that have invasive breast cancer rates substantially higher than the state average. The four “areas of concern” encompass sections of Ventura, Los Angeles, Riverside and Orange counties, as well as parts of the north and south Bay Area.  more

First Time Data Analysis Reveals 1.1 Million Californians Have Been Diagnosed With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

November 01, 2012

An estimated 1.1 million Californians, with nearly 200,000 in Los Angeles County, have been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, according to the first research of its kind by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research along with Survey Research Group, a project of the Public Health Institute.  more

PHI study links breast cancer risk today to PCB chemicals banned 40 years ago

October 01, 2012

A new Public Health Institute (PHI) study indicates for the first time that a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer as a young adult, before age 50, is three times higher if she has a high fraction of one form of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in her blood during her reproductive years. 1 of 4 women studied fell into that group.

The study, published online Sunday in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, linked breast cancer development to chemical exposures, and identified risk due to exposure during a time when the breast is particularly vulnerable to toxins--during puberty, pregnancy, and just after giving birth.  more

Center for Technology and Aging Launches Online “ADOPT Toolkit©” and Advisory Services

September 25, 2012

The Center for Technology and Aging announced today the launch of the online “ADOPT Toolkit©” and associated technical advisory and consulting services. These new initiatives build on the CTA’s experience of successfully managing technology demonstration programs and assisting health care organizations across the country adopt technologies for improving chronic disease management and reducing hospital re-admissions.  more

ARG's Lee Ann Kaskutas Receives State Award for Innovative and Effective Research Methods

August 22, 2012

The California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs today awarded the 2012 Director’s Award for Innovative and Effective Approaches to Research to Lee Ann Kaskutas, senior scientist and director of training at the Alcohol Research Group at the Public Health Institute and adjunct associate professor at U.C. Berkeley's School of Public Health. The ADP Director’s Awards recognize valuable contributions by individuals and organizations to the substance abuse prevention, treatment, research and recovery fields.  more

Low-income women lost health insurance coverage in recession, would benefit from Affordable Care Act, PHI brief reveals

June 25, 2012

Low-income California women lost health insurance coverage during the 2009 recession, leaving almost half with no insurance at all, a new PHI policy brief reveals.  more

Mother's Heavy Coffee Drinking During Pregnancy Appears to Reduce Her Son's Semen Quality Years Later, Public Health Institute Finds

December 21, 2011

A son who is exposed to his mother's heavy coffee drinking - five cups or more a day - while she is pregnant with him is more likely to have poorer semen quality later in life, a new Public Health Institute study reports.

The study, which appears in the December issue of the Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, found clear evidence for the first time that three key semen measures used to determine fertility declined for sons currently in their 40s whose mothers drank five or more cups of coffee daily while the sons were in utero. The measures were for semen concentration, motility (movement) and normal morphology (characteristics, such as sperm size and shape).  more

Uninsurance Rate Climbed to Nearly One in Four California Women in 2009, Public Health Institute Reports

December 19, 2011

The proportion of nonelderly adult California women with no health insurance coverage grew to nearly one in four between 2007and 2009, a period that coincided with the national economic recession, a new policy brief from the Public Health Institute (PHI) reports.The rate of women uninsured all or part of the year increased from 21 percent in 2007 to 24 percent in 2009 as women lost access to employment-based coverage, according to the authors, Roberta Wyn, PhD, and Elaine Zahnd, PhD.

Altogether, approximately 2.8 million California women between the ages of 18 and 64 had no insurance for all or part of 2009.  more

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