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Climate Change is Making Natural Disasters Worse, and More Likely. How Do We Protect the Most Vulnerable?

November 15, 2017 | Jennifer Scroggins, Public Health Institute

Deadly wildfires in California's wine country. Hurricane Maria's devastation in Puerto Rico. Catastrophic flooding in the Houston area after Hurricane Harvey.

The immediate links between these three historic disasters and climate change are evident, as are the impacts they have on lives and communities. But what is less discussed are the devastating health impacts connected to these events, some of which will linger for years to come. As with the natural disasters themselves, the impacts are greatest among those who are most vulnerable.


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Press Releases

New Resources Help Leverage Hospital Data to Improve Health Equity in Communities

December 06, 2017

A new tool increases transparency in discovering how local hospitals support efforts to improve health and wellness in their communities, as mandated by the federal government. Community Benefit Insight (CBI) is a clearinghouse of data on how hospitals meet federal community benefit requirements. The release of Community Benefit Insight coincides with the launch of the Center to Advance Community Health and Equity—or CACHE—an organization aimed at increasing alignment and impact of community efforts to improve population health. CACHE is housed at the Public Health Institute.  more

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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

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Announcements & Events

Webinar: Driving Impactful End-User Research for More Insightful MPT Development

November 15, 2017

Hosted by the Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies, this webinar will feature a dynamic panel discussion of seasoned experts, who will share their experience and approaches to conducting end-user research and integrating findings into product development and introduction. Join us on December 12, 2017.  more

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PHI in the News

Meet the intrepid doctors and scientists who are viewed as the ‘Zena warrior princesses of women’s health’

November 30, 2017 | Pamela M. Norick | The New York Times

Bethany Young Holt, head of PHI's CAMI Health, is profiled in this New York Times article highlighting the network of women scientists, experts, health advocates, and innovators leading the reproductive health field to develop multipurpose prevention technologies (MPTs) — new technologies that would simultaneously prevent two leading causes of death for women: sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and unintended pregnancies.

“The science is there to prevent unintended pregnancies and many sexually transmitted infections, but the art of combining them into one product that women will want to use hasn’t yet been realized,” says Young Holt.  more

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