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PHI Statement on Appointment of Debbie Chang as Blue Shield of California Foundation President and CEO

February 18, 2020

PHI congratulates PHI board member Debbie Chang, who joins the Blue Shield of California Foundation on March 9 as their President and CEO.  more

PHI Statement on the Loss of Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard Tyson

November 11, 2019

The Public Health Institute mourns the loss of Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard Tyson, who passed this weekend. The Public Health Institute was proud to call him a health champion and a partner, and we send our deepest condolences to all grieving his loss, most particularly his wife, family and close circle of friends, and colleagues.   more

PHI Statement on Dr. Sonia Angell Appointment as Director of CA Dept of Public Health

September 16, 2019

"The Public Health Institute (PHI) welcomes Dr. Sonia Angell as the new director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and we look forward to continuing to work in collaboration to build a healthier, more equitable California under Dr. Angell's direction. Read the full statement from PHI President and CEO Mary A. Pittman.  more

"Punitive," "Unacceptable": PHI Statement on 'Public Charge' Rule

August 12, 2019

"It is simply unacceptable, in a country as wealthy and resourced as the United States, to force anyone to choose between green card status and feeding their family or getting their child vaccinated. And it is unacceptable to base the merit of someone’s contributions to our country on how much wealth they have. We have a public health obligation—as well as an ethical one—to protect, care for, and hold in esteem, the lives of all within our country."  more

"Failure to act is fast becoming complicity": PHI Statement on White Nationalism, Gun Violence

August 07, 2019

"We must call it what it is—white-nationalism-fueled domestic terrorism— and take all measures necessary, including gun control starting with assault weapons, to address it."  more

"An accurate census count is a moral and a public health issue": PHI Statement on Supreme Court Census Ruling

June 27, 2019

"There is no 'genuine justification' for adding a citizenship question to the census—it was meant to intimidate, punish and silence U.S. citizens and immigrants, and force a purposeful undercount of some of our most vulnerable residents in order to deny them representation, resources and critical public health services."  more

"Truth and Evidence < Deep Pockets, Deceptive Tactics": PHI Statement on AB138 Delay

April 22, 2019

"AB138, the California Community Health Fund bill authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom and co-sponsored by the Public Health Institute that would have added a two cent tax to soda purchases, has been named a "two-year" bill. This would hold the bill in the Assembly Revenue & Taxation Committee ensuring it won't move forward through the legislative process until next year."



"On the Side of the Public's Health": PHI Statement on AB138

April 09, 2019

“The Public Health Institute congratulates the California State Assembly Health Committee for today passing out of committee the California Community Health Fund (AB 138, Bloom), a statewide sugar-sweetened beverage tax whose revenues would be invested in community prevention and health equity."  more

"Climate change is an emergency": PHI Statement on HR9

March 27, 2019

"Today, leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced H.R. 9 - the Climate Action Now Act. The Public Health Institute strongly supports this bill, which calls for the U.S. to honor its commitment to the Paris climate agreement and requires the president to submit a plan to Congress within 120 days that outlines how the U.S. will do so."  more

PHI Statement on Dr. Burke Harris Appointment as CA State Surgeon General

January 23, 2019

"The role of the first-ever state surgeon general is pivotal:  she must set the vision and create an ambitious roadmap for the public’s health that will have impacts on generations to come. We can think of no one better equipped to lead that work than Dr. Burke Harris."  more

"No one left out or left behind." PHI statement welcoming CA Governor Gavin Newsom

January 14, 2019

PHI welcomes California Governor Gavin Newsom to his new role leading the golden state, and along his continued path to keep every person who lives here happy, healthy and strong. We support the bold vision Governor Newsom laid out, in particular his recognition of the critical importance of health and public health infrastructure for the state—and his determination that no one in California will be left out or left behind. 


Government Shutdown Puts the Public’s Health at Risk; Potential for Harm Increases as Impasse Continues

January 10, 2019

The ongoing shutdown is having a negative impact on the public’s health, both directly and by impacting other factors that influence health such as nutrition support programs at the Department of Agriculture and rental assistance programs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. That impact will only grow and become more detrimental if the shutdown continues.  more

Healthier Foods for More People: PHI Statement on 2018 Farm Bill

December 21, 2018

The Public Health Institute strongly supports the 2018 Farm Bill (the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018) signed into law and applauds the bipartisan leadership from the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Together, they forged agreement on a legislative proposal that protects the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and SNAP nutrition education, critical programs that ensure no one goes hungry.


PHI Statement on the 30th Anniversary of World AIDS Day

November 30, 2018

December 1 is the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day. It is an international day of remembrance and action so that people with HIV can live with dignity and health, and a reminder to set our sights toward a world where HIV no longer spreads. While we have made incredible progress there are still people getting infected, particularly in black and African American communities, and there are more than 2 million children around the world living with HIV.  more

PHI Statement on California Proposed Flavored Tobacco Ban

November 29, 2018

The Public Health Institute strongly supports the ground-breaking proposal to ban flavored tobacco products, including menthol and vaping products, announced this week by California state legislators. PHI would urge that the legislature further strengthen the proposal by including the prohibition of flavored cannabis products for smoking and vaping. The emerging cannabis industry been copying directly from the tobacco industry's playbook in its efforts to market to youth, by launching products like strawberry banana pre-rolls and flavored vaping fluids. As we move forward to end the tobacco industry's predatory marketing to youth and communities of color, we need to make sure we stop similar predatory practices in the new legal cannabis industry as well.  more

"Climate change is a global public health emergency. There is no time to waste.": PHI Statement on Federal Climate Report

November 26, 2018

"The just-released National Climate Assessment makes it clear that climate change threatens the health and well-being of the American people, and worsens health inequities—from extreme weather disasters, to air quality, to the transmission of disease through insects and pests, to food and water shortages. The Public Health Institute calls for immediate implementation of adaptation and mitigation policies to reduce the number of injuries, illnesses, and deaths from climate-related health outcomes. The U.S. must also make a significant reduction in carbon emissions and short-lived climate pollutants, or face rapid environmental changes that could overwhelm our capacity to adapt to them."  more

"Stand against intolerance and strengthen the bonds of solidarity.": PHI Statement

October 30, 2018

"Last week was a terrible week for our nation. The anti-Semitic mass murder of worshipers in a Pittsburgh synagogue, the race-motivated killings of two African-Americans in Kentucky, and the series of bombs mailed to prominent political figures were not isolated. They were connected by hate and fomented by an intolerance of difference and an increasingly deadly tolerance of nationalist and racist ideology."  more

"Transgender and intersex people cannot be erased—their rights and health should not be either."

October 25, 2018

"Withdrawing the civil rights that have only just begun to be extended to transgender and intersex people across our nation could have devastating mental and physical health impacts. Transgender and intersex people have always been an important part of communities and cultures. They cannot be erased—their rights and health should not be either."  more

"Climate change impacts are not contained by boundaries—nor are its solutions."

September 10, 2018

"Governor Jerry Brown today cemented California’s role as a global leader in the quest to reign in climate change and protect the health of the world and its residents, by signing into law Senate Bill 100, which sets a 100% clean electricity goal for the state by 2045, and issuing a new target to achieve carbon neutrality by the same year. PHI applauds the state, Governor Brown, and SB 100 sponsor Senator Kevin de León for their vision and international leadership."  more

PHI Statement on Passage of Senate Farm Bill

June 28, 2018

"The Public Health Institute warmly welcomes the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill, by the U.S. Senate on a vote of 86 to 11. We congratulate Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow on their strong leadership to forge agreement on bipartisan legislation that protects the integrity of SNAP and SNAP nutrition education."  more

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