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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
March 24, 2017
The Public Health Institute joins stakeholders and communities across the country in applauding the defeat of the American Health Care Act, the House health care ‘replacement’ plan that would have devastated millions of Americans—particularly the most vulnerable among us: seniors, children, the sickest and the poorest. Failure to advance the American Health Care Act is a victory for the American people. more
March 16, 2017
Slashing funding for key agencies such as NIH, HHS, EPA, USDA, the state department and USAID undermines the foundation of what keeps America healthy and secure—science and research on critical issues like cancer, programs that aid the vulnerable, and public health infrastructure and global investments in health that provide stability and security here at home. more
March 13, 2017
"Today’s scoring by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirms what doctors, hospitals, public health organizations and the American public know: the proposed Republican 'health care' plan does not promote health, or care, for many Americans." more
March 07, 2017
"PHI is strongly opposed to the health care ‘replacement’ plan put forward by the House this week. Quite simply, it puts the health and security of the United States at risk. Access to affordable healthcare, prevention, and solid public health infrastructure are critical components of the stability and health of our country. They are now in jeopardy." more