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
PHI's Adolescent Girls' Advocacy and Leadership Initiative Awards $50,000 to Improve the Lives of Young Girls and Women in Malawi
December 09, 2011
Supported by the United Nations Foundation and the Compton Foundation, the Adolescent Girls' Advocacy and Leadership Initiative (AGALI) of the Public Health Institute (PHI) has awarded $50,000 in funding to organizations in Malawi to implement new advocacy strategies aimed at improving adolescent girls' health, education and livelihoods.
"Adolescent girls in Malawi suffer from widespread physical, economic and social violence," said Denise Raquel Dunning, MPA, AGALI's Program Director. "Only by improving policies, programs and budgets to benefit girls will it be possible for girls to realize their full potential and contribute to Malawi's future." more
October 18, 2011
A white paper released by Food & Water Watch and the Public Health Institute challenges the common assumption that government subsidies to farmers growing corn, soybeans and other commodity crops is a primary factor in increasing rates of obesity.
Acknowledging that the current system of farm subsidies is in need of reform, the paper, Do Farm Subsidies Cause Obesity? Dispelling Common Myths About Public Health and the Farm Bill, finds that there is little to no academic research that supports he belief that crop subsidies make junk food cheaper and more plentiful, leading to higher rates of obesity. more
September 28, 2011
The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated the Public Health Institute's Alcohol Research Group (ARG) a Collaborating Center for Alcohol Epidemiology and Injury.
The center will be headed by Cheryl J. Cherpitel, DrPH, a senior scientist and associate director of the National Alcohol Research Center at ARG who is well known for her international studies on the epidemiology of alcohol-related injury and violence. Since 1984, Cherpitel has been interviewing patients in emergency rooms around the world, compiling data on the association between drinking and a range of injuries that now includes 30 countries. Emergency rooms afford unusual access to this population which in most other circumstances can be hard to reach. more
Public Health Institute Awarded $5.9 Million to Help Create Healthier Communities in California's Less Populous and Rural Counties
September 27, 2011
Today the Public Health Institute was awarded $5,926,365 to reduce chronic disease and address health disparities in small and rural counties throughout California, an area with a total estimated population of 5,900,000, including a rural population of over 833,000. Work will focus on expanding efforts in tobacco-free living, active living and healthy eating, quality clinical and other preventive services, and healthy and safe physical environments.
PHI and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will serve as lead partners and will work closely with local health departments and community-based organizations to implement the new program. more
September 22, 2011
The Public Health Institute (PHI) is pleased and honored to announce that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded it a $209.5 million "cooperative agreement" to continue to create a large, sustainable and diverse pool of talented global health professionals in the Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP).
This award, nearly twice as large as a previous USAID agreement with PHI for GHFP-I, is recognition of the excellence PHI has brought to recruitment, placement and career development of fellows and interns both in Washington, D.C., and abroad in the Agency's population, health and nutrition programs. GHFP-II, which will start up October 1, will build on the previous program's proven ability in talent acquisition and management to support USAID as new presidential initiatives and unforeseen health challenges shift human capital needs in the short and long terms. more
Public Health Institute Calls on United Nations to Set World on Path to Prevent and Treat Non-Communicable Diseases
September 19, 2011
On the opening day of the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), the Public Health Institute (PHI) calls on the world body to adopt a visionary statement that acknowledges the growing global problem of NCDs and provides a roadmap for preventing and treating them.
PHI urges High-Level Meeting participants to consider strengthening the global response: more
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Selects PHI's Center for Health Leadership and Practice to Lead New National Collaborative
September 08, 2011
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has selected the Center for Health Leadership and Practice (CHLP) at the Public Health Institute (PHI) to run a new national program focused on improving community health by developing collaborative, multi-sectoral leadership teams across the country.
CHLP was chosen as the sole grantee from a highly competitive group of leading public health organizations and academic institutions from around the United States. "Strong and competent leadership is absolutely critical if we are to solve the myriad public health challenges we face today," said Mary A. Pittman. more
August 30, 2011
Victims who suffer violence at the hands of a spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend, or other intimate partner aren't only brutalized physically; they also suffer disproportionately higher rates of mental health distress, according to a new policy brief from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. more
June 06, 2011
The Public Health Institute (PHI) today welcomed the release of the historic National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy. This blueprint for realigning the country's health system is recognition, at long last, of the paramount role that prevention should play in promoting health, containing medical care costs and reducing the burden of disease.
"This is a breakthrough moment for health in the United States," said Mary A. Pittman, DrPH, president and CEO of PHI. "For the first time, we are recognizing the importance and value of prevention and putting health at the heart of government decision-making. If decisions about land use, housing, transportation, education and social services are considered through a health lens, we will go a long way toward reducing the health inequities that undermine so many of our communities." more
On Mother's Day, PHI Applauds Julia Roberts for Promoting Clean Cookstoves to Protect the Health of Women and Children Around the World
May 07, 2011
The Public Health Institute (PHI) welcomes Julia Roberts as the new global ambassador for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (the Alliance). Roberts will raise awareness about one of the most urgent health problems facing women and families around the world: deadly smoke from unsafe and inefficient cookstoves. Roberts discussed the issue with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in her "Extraordinary Moms" special, which aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network on May 7, and in a recent interview with Time Magazine.
PHI works with the Alliance to implement clean cookstove technology around the world. more
The Public Health Institute Calls for Focus on Prevention and Social Determinants of Health to Stem Global Rise in Noncommunicable Disease
April 28, 2011
On the opening day of the first Global Ministerial Conference on Healthy Lifestyles and Noncommunicable Disease Control, the Public Health Institute (PHI) calls for a global strategy to combat noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) that emphasizes prevention while addressing the social determinants of health.
"Prevention, as well as efforts to reduce poverty and address other social determinants of health, must be key components of any call to action emerging from this week's global ministerial conference on NCDs," said Mary A. Pittman. more
April 26, 2011
African-American women in California were four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes in 2002 and 2003 than women from other racial and ethnic groups. This is one of many key findings presented in The California Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review: Report from 2002 and 2003 Maternal Death Reviews, released today by the California Department of Public Health's (CDPH) Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Division.
The Public Health Institute (PHI) is a key partner of the California Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review (CA-PAMR), which was established in 2006 by CDPH/MCAH in response to the rising maternal mortality rate in California. more
First Study to Find Possible Link Between Woman's Exposure to Certain Forms of PCBs in Womb and Difficulty Becoming Pregnant as Adult
April 25, 2011
A new study from the Public Health Institute's Child Health and Development Studies indicates for the first time that a daughter's exposure in her mother's uterus to polycholorinated biphenyls (PCBs) can affect how long it takes the daughter to become pregnant years later.
The study, which appears in the April issue of the journal Reproductive Toxicology, found "time to pregnancy" (TTP) was longer and thus more difficult for daughters who had been exposed in the uterus to certain forms of these manmade industrial chemicals and shorter for others. Women who ultimately could not conceive had been exposed in the womb to higher levels of the PCB compounds that were linked to longer periods of time without a pregnancy. more
March 23, 2011
"Today, on the Affordable Care Act's first anniversary, the Public Health Institute celebrates the landmark achievements of the last 12 months. This historic investment will extend insurance coverage, support prevention strategies and increase access to care," said Mary A. Pittman, DrPH, president and CEO of the Public Health Institute. "Our nation is finally positioned for dramatic improvement in the health of millions of Americans, but attacks on the nation's health reform law jeopardize this progress." more
March 01, 2011
The Public Health Institute (PHI) is pleased to announce that Cristina Tirado, DVM, MS, PhD, will become the new director of its Center for Public Health and Climate Change. Tirado brings substantial expertise in addressing the challenges posed by climate change to health, food and nutrition security.
The center, through its website at www.climatehealthconnect.org, serves as a centralized and comprehensive resource for public health professionals, environmental organizations and the broader community to understand and respond to this critical challenge. more
Public Health Institute Praises Appointment of Board Member John Seffrin to National Prevention Advisory Group
January 27, 2011
The Public Health Institute (PHI) congratulates board member John Seffrin, PhD, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society, on the announcement that President Obama intends to appoint him to the advisory group for the new National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council.
"John Seffrin is a visionary leader and an excellent appointment to assure that as health reform is implemented, there is a necessary focus on upstream community prevention strategies," said Mary A. Pittman, DrPH, president and CEO of PHI. more
January 25, 2011
The Public Health Institute is pleased to announce that Leadership for Women's Health (LWH), which works with first ladies and other women leaders in sub-Saharan Africa to advance women's health, has recently joined our organization.
LWH was created in 2010 to help implement in-country projects developed by first ladies working with the First Ladies Initiative and Fellowship program, which originated at the Rand Corporation in 2009. more
January 14, 2011
With Republicans pushing to repeal the nation's health reform law, it is vital that advocates seize every opportunity to inform the public about the benefits of the legislation to ensure that it survives, new state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said in a keynote address to the California Working Families Policy Summit on Wednesday.
"Given the onslaught of conservative attacks on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), we need to redouble our efforts to get the word out about the immediate benefits and long-term benefits of this act," Jones said. more