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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

New Research by PHI's Elaine Zahnd Looks at Intimate Partner Violence Among California Adults

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

PHI Hails National Prevention Strategy as a 'Breakthrough Moment' for Americans' Health

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

PHI Contributes to Important Study on Maternal Mortality in California

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

Protect Health Reform Law to Improve the Health of Americans

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

The Public Health Institute Names New Director of the Center for Public Health and Climate Change

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

Leadership for Women's Health Joins PHI, Works to Improve Women's Health in Sub-Saharan Africa

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

Advocates Need to Vigorously Defend Health Reform, State Insurance Commissioner Tells Summit

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

PHI's Center for Research on Adolescent Health and Development Receives Award for Innovative Research on Adolescent Sexuality, Health and Rights

December 14, 2010

The Ford Foundation has awarded a $730,000 grant to the Public Health Institute's (PHI) Center for Research on Adolescent Health and Development (CRAHD) to produce rigorous policy-relevant research on adolescent sexuality, health and rights.

"This research will focus on three areas-the sexual and reproductive health and rights of foster youths, parent-adolescent communication about sex, and critical reviews of the content and effectiveness of existing sex education curricula," said CRAHD director and UC Berkeley clinical professor Norm Constantine, PhD.  more

Public Health Institute Applauds House Passage of Child Nutrition Legislation

December 02, 2010

The Public Health Institute (PHI) applauds today's passage of landmark child nutrition legislation by the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, which passed the U.S. Senate unanimously earlier this year, will go to President Obama for his signature.

The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act (S 3307) provides the biggest increase in funding for the school lunch program in decades, makes it easier for qualified children to receive free school meals, extends after-school meals to more at-risk children, and provides additional technical assistance to local school food service providers. The legislation also allows for the elimination of soda and other junk foods from schools nationwide.  more

HHS Launches Healthy People 2020

December 02, 2010

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officially released today the nation's newest agenda for public health promotion and disease prevention. Healthy People 2020 builds on a rich tradition of identifying essential goals and objectives to promote health, prevent disease and disability, eliminate disparities and improve the quality of life for all.

"Healthy People 2020 is an ambitious agenda that inspires and challenges individuals, communities and professionals to turn public health objectives into dynamic and measureable action," says Mary A. Pittman, DrPH, president and CEO of the Public Health Institute (PHI).  more

Public Health Institute Award to Advance Clean Cookstove Technology

October 19, 2010

The Public Health Institute (PHI) received notification it has been awarded a major grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) focused on implementing clean cookstove technology. The $980,000 award will support planning and field work for the next year on cookstoves in Kenya, Guatemala and India, as well as joining the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, the National Institutes of Health and CDC in planning a global clean cookstoves workshop.

The award will be administered through PHI's Center for Public Health and Climate Change, which is working to address the health impacts of climate change.  more

Environmental Lawsuit Settlement Funds Go to 'Green Chemistry' Projects

September 23, 2010

The Public Health Trust announced today that six diverse organizations will receive $337,000 in grants to work on projects to help California move ahead with its Green Chemistry Initiative. The state initiative seeks to reduce use of hazardous chemicals and generation of toxic wastes by changing how society designs, manufactures and uses chemicals in processes and products.

Funding for the six grants comes from the settlement of a lawsuit brought under California's Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. The lawsuit involved allegations of public exposure to hazardous chemicals in airline fuel.  more

New Study Links DDT Exposure in the Womb to Testicular Cancer

August 12, 2010

Men exposed in the womb to the pesticide DDT and its related compounds are more likely to develop testicular cancer, according to a study by Public Health Institute (PHI) researchers published today in the online journal Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health.

The rate of testicular cancer has increased in recent decades, and this new study by researchers at the Child Health and Development Studies (CHDS) in Berkeley, California, a project of PHI, adds evidence that there may be an environmental link, a hypothesis that researchers have suspected.  more

Greenhouse Gas Targets on the Right Path

August 10, 2010

"The announcement of regional targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California is a significant step forward in helping to improve our physical environment and ultimately improve the health of California's residents, especially those most vulnerable to poor air quality and other factors that impact well-being, said Mary A. Pittman, DrPH, the president and CEO of the Public Health Institute.  more

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