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Environmental Health

A Hidden Problem: Lead-Poisoned Children in the United States (2017)

Explore the study findings with interactive maps from PHI's California Environmental Health Tracking Progra ...

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California Agricultural Pesticide Mapping Tool (2017)

Where are agricultural pesticides applied within California? How many are used near a specific location? Has pesticide usage increased or decr...

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Climate Justice Changes Health: Local, Tribal, Global, and Generational (Webinar) (2017)

The American Public Health Association (APHA) has declared 2017 the Year of Climate Change and Health. Tune in to this recording of the year's ...

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Environmental Health Tracking Improves Pesticide Use Data to Enable Research and Inform Public Health Actions in California (2017)

California is the largest agricultural producer in the United States, and, as such, high volumes of pesticides are used throughout the state. Pesti...

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Estimating the Proportion of Childhood Cancer Cases and Costs Attributable to the Environment in California (2017)

Objectives To estimate the proportion of cases and costs of the most common cancers among children aged 0 to 14 years (leukemia, lymphoma, and ...

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Joint Letter from Health Organizations in Support of Federal Emergency Supplemental Funding for Hurricane Relief (2017)

October 23, 2017 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 Th...

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PHI's Linda Rudolph on Viral Podcast: Public Health and Climate Change (2017)

How does climate change impact our health, and what can communities do to to take action? In this episode of Viral, hosts Linsey Grove and Quin...

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PHI's Mary Pittman and Linda Rudolph on KPFA's "About Health" (2017)

The role of public health can often go unseen by the general public—until there's a crisis. What can we do to change this perception? How...

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Protecting the Health and Well-being of Communities in a Changing Climate: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief (2017)

A March 13, 2017 workshop explored the implications of climate change for population health and the potential mitigation and adaptation strategies ...

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The Imperial County Community Air Monitoring Network: A Model for Community-based Environmental Monitoring for Public Health Action (2017)

Communities and regulatory agencies are discovering the utility of small, low-cost environmental sensors that are able to provide real-time informa...

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Third Trimester Estrogens and Maternal Breast Cancer: Prospective Evidence (2017)

Context  Full-term pregnancy is associated both with a transient increase and life-time decrease in maternal breast cancer risk. Estrone (E1...

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6 Ways Climate Change Harms Health in California (2016)

Our health and climate are inextricably linked. From polluted air quality to shrinking food and waters supplies, communities across California&mdas...

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A Physician’s Guide to Climate Change, Health and Equity (2016)

Physicians are trusted in their communities on issues of health and wellness, which makes them invaluable messengers when it comes to helping indiv...

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An Assessment of the Health and Safety Implications of Coal Transport through Oakland (2016)

Public Health Advisory Panel on Coal in Oakland: JUNE 13, 2016 A panel of public health experts considered the health and safety implications r...

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California Water Boundary Tool (WBT) (2016)

The Water Systems Geographic Reporting Tool, also known as the Water Boundary Tool (WBT) was developed by PHI's California Environmental H...

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Climate and Health Posters (2016)

What does climate change have to do with allergies, heart health, heat-related diseases, asthma and our food? Created by PHI's Center ...

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Climate Change and Health Communications: Workshop Summary (2016)

Health is a shared value across a wide spectrum of the U.S. population. Using a health frame to communicate to the public and policy makers ab...

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Electronic Health Records as a Resource for Public Health Surveillance (2016)

Case Study of Glycohemoglobin Testing & Diabetes Surveillance Electronic health records (EHR) are the digital version of a patient's pa...

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PHI's Linda Rudolph on "Climate Health, Your Health: Prevention Is Protection" (2016)

Climate disruption is not only a threat to the planet's ecosystems, but is harming our health.  Dr. Linda Rudolph from PHI's ...

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PHI's Linda Rudolph on "Climate One: Health Hazards of One Degree" (2016)

Global warming is hitting closer to home than we think, from a neighborhood child gasping with asthma to a parent collapsing from heatstroke. These...

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Podcast: Sacramento Foodtank Summit with Michael Dimock (2016)

Featured on Insight with Beth Ruyak, Michael Dimock is the President of PHI's Roots of Change and dedicated to advancing the slow food mov...

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Reducing Barriers to LPG Use Through Employer-Sponsored Programs: A Pilot Project in Guatemala (2016)

For many Guatemalan households, the high cost of an LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) cooking package (e.g. stove, gas cylinder, fuel and regular) pose...

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Webinar: Lancet Countdown on Public Health and Climate Change (2016)

In December 2016, Island Press, the Public Health Institute and the Security and Sustainability Forum held a webinar introducing the Lancet Countdo...

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What Do Guatemalan Households Say About LPG? (2016)

Through market research in Guatemala, PHI identified the key motivators for women who cook with propane gas (LPG), including ease of use, speed and...

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Act on Climate: California Communities Addressing Climate Change and Health (2015)

From solar buses in Gilroy to resilience and adaptation planning in West Oakland to promotora education in National City, California communities ar...

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Climate Change, Health, and Equity: Opportunities for Action (2015)

  Climate change and health inequities are the greatest global health threats of the 21st century. In this report, PHI's Center for Cl...

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Costs of Environmental Health Conditions in California Children (2015)

Children are generally more susceptible than adults to environmental hazards, but little is known about the economic burden of illnesses related to...

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Scaling Up Demand for LPG in Guatemala: Motivators, Barriers and Opportunities (2015)

In Guatemala, about 70% of urban households use Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) for cooking. Over half of these users continue to cook with firewood....

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2013 Report on California Legislation Related to Food and Farming (2014)

PHI's Roots of Change and the California Food Policy Council for the first time track food and farm policy voting records by the Californi...

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Climate Change and Health: A Framework for Action (2014)

This framework maps climate change processes against a social determinants of health framework to identify opportunities for action at the intersec...

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Framework for Approaching Climate Change and Health (2014)

This presentation by Jonathan Patz, Director of the Global Health Institute, discusses the implications for health of climate change. Download ...

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Pesticide Use Near California Schoolchildren (2014)

California agriculture produces nearly half of all fruits and vegetables grown in the Unites States. These foods are essential components of a heal...

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PHI50 Videos (2014)

In honor of our 50th anniversary in 2014, PHI created a series of videos that looked back at what public health has accomplished in the last half c...

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Why We Need Climate, Health, and Equity in All Policies (2014)

In a commentary for the Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Population Health Improvement, PHI's Dr. Linda Rudolph and Solange Gould call...

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Climate Change and Health (2013)

During testimony before a state Senate committee on May 16, Dr. Linda Rudolph presented these slides highlighting some of the many ways climat...

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Open Letter to Governor Jerry Brown (2013)

In a June 14 open letter, the Public Health Institute and its partners call on Gov. Jerry Brown to swiftly restore $500 million ...

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PHI Comments on EPA's Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants (2013)

November 19, 2013 Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Mail Code 2822T 1200 Pennsylvania ...

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PHI Submission to California Air Resources Board (CARB) 2013 (2013)

Read the Public Health Institute’s submission to the California Air Resources Board (CARB), which asks for the prioritization of funding for ...

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Survey Research Group: State-of-the-Art Data Collection, Research, and Analysis (2013)

The Survey Research Group highlights its capabilities and expertise well as the services it offers for public and private secto...

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California Breast Cancer Mapping Project (2012)

The California Breast Cancer Mapping Project analyzed breast cancer rates by census tract, as opposed to traditional county-level surveillance, and...

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Food and beverage marketing to children and adolescents: Limited progress by 2012 - Brief Report (2012)

Although research suggests that healthy products can be profitable for the food industry, marketers continue to target children with ads for foods ...

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Food and beverage marketing to children and adolescents: Limited progress by 2012 -- Full Report (2012)

American children and adolescents remain exposed to a disproportionate amount of marketing for unhealthy foods and beverages, in spite of some prog...

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Struggling to breathe: How a health department is working with community members to reduce air pollution and improve health equity in Oakland (2012)

If you want to reduce and prevent health inequities, then you have to tackle their root social, economic and political causes. For busy health depa...

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California's Smoke-free Workplace Act: Ending Exemptions - Finding Equity (2011)

Provides overview of current limitations to protections for workers from workplace secondhand smoke and highlights labor code exemptions that, if e...

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Food and Beverage Marketing to Children and Adolescents: An Environment at Odds with Good Health (2011)

The science is clear: The environments where children grow up, play and go to school affect their diets and health. In this research brief, pre...

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Food Marketing in the Digital Age: A Conceptual Framework and Agenda for Research (2011)

Digital techniques are quickly evolving and unprecedentedly immersive. To assess the best ways to understand these new media effects, PHI's Ber...

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How Communities Move Policy - Linking Locally, Regionally, Statewide, and Nationally to Create Change (2011)

The right regional, state or federal policies can provide unique leverage points for local efforts. But staying informed about work at other l...

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Alcohol Marketing in the Digital Age (2010)

New technologies are fundamentally altering the tobacco and alcohol marketing landscape. Even as the "information superhighway" has given...

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Green Cleaning in Schools: A Guide for Advocates (2010)

Often, the very products used to keep schools clean and healthy contribute to poor indoor air quality, seriously affecting those with asthma or oth...

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New Partnerships for Healthier Neighborhoods: Bringing Public Health and Redevelopment Together (2010)

The built environment—the physical structures that make up the areas where we live, work, and play—has a profound effect on our health....

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Partners for Public Health: Working with Local, State, and Federal Agencies to Create Healthier Communities (2010)

The way our neighborhoods are designed has a profound impact on our health and wellbeing. A physical environment that promotes health—with af...

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Talking about Breastfeeding: Why the Health Argument Isn't Enough (2010)

Public health advocates have for years been trying to increase the number of women who breastfeed by educating mothers about its health benefits. S...

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All About Asthma: Frequently Asked Questions (2009)

Asthma is a serious public health problem throughout the world and the most common chronic disease among children. Created by PHI's Reg...

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Asthma and Diesel (2009)

Diesel engines emit a complex mixture of air pollutants. In California diesel particulate matter contributes to an estimated 3,500 premature deaths...

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Asthma and Indoor Air Quality in Schools (2009)

Asthma is the most common chronic disease among schoolaged children and is a leading cause of school absences nationwide. Research conducted i...

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Asthma and Indoor Air Quality in the Home (2009)

On average California adults and children spend nearly 90% of their time during the week indoors, and most of that time is in the home, where ...

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Asthma and Outdoor Air Quality (2009)

Outdoor air pollution is a serious problem in most urban areas as well as in many rural areas of the United States. Nearly all Californians (a...

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Asthma in California (2009)

Having asthma makes it hard for many of California’s children to live, learn, and play. Asthma is the most common chronic disease in the U.S....

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Breathing Easier: School Districts Make the Switch to Certified Green Cleaning Products (2009)

Success stories from three California school districts Many cleaning products used in schools—the very products used to try to create an ...

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Community Action to Fight Asthma: Who We Are and What We Do (2009)

Community Action to Fight Asthma (CAFA) is a network of asthma coalitions in California working to shape local, regional, and state policies to red...

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Finding Asthma Solutions Through Policy Change (2009)

Asthma is the most common chronic childhood disease in the U.S. and affects 1 in 6 children in California. While scientists continue to explor...

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Funding Prevention in California: Lessons from Past Efforts to Raise Revenues (2009)

The research is clear: Where people live, work, and play—the food and physical activity environment—is one of the most important elemen...

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Debates from Four States Over Selling Soda in Schools (2008)

In 2006, Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts and Maryland introduced legislation that included restrictions on the sale of soda in schools. That sa...

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Health Inequities in the Bay Area (2008)

The odds of being healthy can depend very much on which community you live in. People who live in West Oakland, for example, can expect to liv...

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Life and Death from Unnatural Causes: Executive Summary (2008)

Health and social inequity in Alameda County Certain groups of people in Alameda County are getting sick and dying prematurely from “unna...

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Provoking Thought, Changing Talk: Putting it into Practice (2008)

Does a commitment to reducing inequality mean we know how to talk about it? We find out in this report, the inaugural issue of the "...

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The Burden of Asthma in California: A Surveillance Report (2007)

Using all of the most recent available surveillance data, this report presents a comprehensive summary of the burden of asthma in California. R...

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PHI's Work in Environmental Health: Examples of Impact

This overview summarizes PHI's work in environmental health — one of PHI's focus areas — and highlights con...

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