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"Recipes for health disasters." PHI Statement on Congressional Tax-Reform Proposals

November 15, 2017

"The house and senate are currently considering different versions of a tax-reform plan that they intend to reconcile and move forward on. There is no compromise: both versions are bad for the health and welfare of the American people."  more

"We must leverage every resource," PHI statement on Opioid Emergency Declaration

October 26, 2017

“PHI welcomes today’s call from the White House to declare an opioid emergency. With an epidemic that is killing 175 Americans a day, we must leverage every resource we have to save lives and turn the tide."  more

Joint Statement from Health Leaders on Revocation of Clean Power Plan

October 10, 2017

"Today’s proposal to revoke the Clean Power Plan is inconsistent with the EPA's core mission of protecting public health and the environment. The Clean Power Plan, adopted in 2015, would have substantially reduced carbon pollution and other emissions from power plants, and prevented an estimated 90,000 pediatric asthma attacks and 3,600 premature deaths each year once fully implemented. Revoking this lifesaving plan denies Americans these health protections and removes crucial tools to reduce pollution that causes climate change."  more

"Control over when and if to have children is a basic human right": PHI Statement on Withdrawal of Contraception Mandate

October 06, 2017

"The Public Health Institute stands firmly opposed to the Trump Administration's new rule issued today by HHS which limits the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate—effectively guaranteeing a drastic decrease in the number of women in the US who are able to access free contraceptives."  more

When we know what works: PHI Statement on Las Vegas and Puerto Rico

October 02, 2017

"I have made my life’s work the prevention of illness and promotion of health. So many of my PHI coworkers—and so many of you—have spent decades researching and evaluating issues to uncover what works to keep people safe, healthy and alive. My heart is breaking this week for the lives that have been lost due to gun violence in Las Vegas, and the deaths occurring and soon to come in the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. And I am angry, because we already know what to do to stop these kinds of deaths from happening."  more

Graham-Cassidy Would "Greatly Harm the Nation’s Health"

September 25, 2017

“Graham-Cassidy would do untold damage to the nation’s health, unraveling the progress we’ve made to expand access to quality, affordable healthcare, reorient our healthcare system to value prevention and equity, and invest in a healthier future for all Americans.  more

"Unworkable and Unfair": PHI Statement on Graham-Cassidy Proposal to Repeal ACA

September 19, 2017

"The Public Health Institute is opposed to the latest version of Affordable Care Act repeal being proposed in the U.S. Senate. The Graham-Cassidy proposal is just as bad as previous versions of ACA repeal—it would eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund, gut Medicaid funding, and weaken current protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

"We call for a bipartisan approach that would realistically, affordably and equitably improve the health and well-being of the American people."  more

PHI Statement on Fully Funding Programs that Address Health Disparities in the FY 2018 LHHS Appropriations Bill

September 07, 2017

"Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee marked up their Labor Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies FY2018 Appropriations bill. PHI fully supports the $2 billion increase to NIH from FY17, the continuation of critical programs like immunization grants and certain chronic disease prevention programs, full funding of the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network, continued funding for state grants to target the opioid abuse crisis, and the Committee’s prioritization of telehealth. 

"However, we are strongly disappointed that funding for the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program was not included. REACH is the nation’s only community-based program working to tackle racial and ethnic health disparities and chronic disease risk factors that are the leading cause of morbidity and death in some of America’s most vulnerable communities. We call on members of congress to restore this vital funding in conference."  more

"Diversity is what unites us." PHI Statement on Administration Decision to End DACA

September 05, 2017

"America is a nation of immigrants, and the Public Health Institute stands with each of them, regardless of immigration status. PHI decries, in the strongest of terms, the federal administration’s misguided call to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program."  more

Standing With Charlottesville

August 16, 2017

"Hatred, bigotry and racism are simply unacceptable, and we each have a role we can play in identifying it and ameliorating it, particularly people in leadership positions who speak for their organization, their corporation, or the nation. Each of us can discuss what paved the way for this event and examine the root causes of hatred and bigotry. As we know, racism did not begin or end with the hatred in Charlottesville, but each step we take to address it makes us healthier, stronger and better—as public health professionals, as community members and as citizens. Today we all need to examine our own values, speak out and take action about what we want this country to stand for."  more

PHI Statement on Call for Opioid State of Emergency

August 03, 2017

"PHI welcomes the call from the federal Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis to declare a state of emergency to combat the nation’s opioid emergency. The epidemic is killing 142 people a day, and needs an urgent, bipartisan and multi-sector public health response to solve it."  more

"You kept your voices loud and led with your hearts": PHI Statement on Senate Vote Against ACA Repeal

July 28, 2017

PHI applauds the courageous senators who last night listened to doctors, health care and public health providers, insurers, and most importantly the majority of the American people, and cast their votes to keep healthcare accessible and affordable for all. Read the full statement from PHI President and CEO Mary Pittman.  more

Public Health Groups Decry Potential Elimination of the Prevention and Public Health Fund in Senate Bills

July 27, 2017

The Senate is expected to soon vote on a ‘skinny’ repeal bill that would target key components of the Affordable Care Act – including potentially eliminating the Prevention and Public Health Fund.This short-sighted move would cause long-term damage to our nation’s health. Read the joint statement from American Public Health Association, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute, Society of Public Health Education, and Trust for America’s Health.  more

PHI Statement on Fully Funding Programs that Address Health Disparities in the FY 2018 Labor-HHS-Educations Appropriations Bill

July 19, 2017

As the House Appropriations Committee marks up the Labor Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies FY2018 Appropriations bill, PHI encourages members to include full funding for public health and health equity programs. The Public Health Institute endorses the amendment offered by Representatives Barbara Lee and José Serrano that fully funds critical programs to address health disparities including HHS’s Office of Minority Health and the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Program (REACH), the nation’s only community-based program working to tackle racial and ethnic health disparities.  more

"Bad, Bad, Bad": PHI Statement on Senate Healthcare Proposal

June 22, 2017

The bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, released today by the senate, is bad for public health, bad for our health, and bad for our country.  more

Public Health Leaders Make Urgent Joint Call to Protect Prevention and Healthcare

June 20, 2017

The fight to protect public health is more important than ever.

The Senate is moving quickly—and secretively—on their version of legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While we don’t know the content of the bill, we do know that the House-passed repeal bill—the American Health Care Act—would cause over 23 million people to lose their healthcare, restructure Medicaid, pare down essential benefits like maternity and newborn care, result in the loss of over a million American jobs, and zero out the Prevention and Public Health Fund. 

Read the joint statement from the American Public Health Association, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute and Trust for America's Health.  more

“A Perilous Course.” Public Health Institute Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Accord

June 01, 2017

Climate change is perhaps the most important public health issue of our time. Aggressive, unilateral and mutual action is urgently needed to protect our people and our planet. The U.S. President’s decision today to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord is a mistake that, if not quickly undone, puts the entire world on a perilous course. Read our full statement.  more

Not New, Not a Foundation, Not Great: White House Budget Proposal

May 23, 2017

The President’s proposed FY2018 Budget “A New Foundation for American Greatness” is not new, not a foundation, and is far from great. By gutting the National Institutes of Health including the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Environmental Protection Agency, the State Department/USAID, USDA nutrition programs and others, this budget divests from the public health and safety net infrastructure that keeps our country strong, healthy and secure. 

The Public Health Institute opposes this budget and urges members of congress to reject it.  more

PHI Statement on the Revived House Health Care Plan: Less Coverage, Higher Cost

May 04, 2017

The Public Health Institute strongly opposes today's action taken by the House to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), by 217-213. This misguided and harmful bill works against basic principles of community health, wellness and care and jeopardizes the health and lives of many Americans. The Senate must act decisively and with unity to make sure this dangerous bill is stopped.

 
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Statements on the President’s "Energy Independence" Executive Order

March 28, 2017

The Public Health Institute is strongly opposed to President Trump's new "Energy Independence" Executive Order. Ensuring access to clean air and water is a fundamental tenant of health and a necessity for healthy people, places and planet.   more

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