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The Year in Public Health: Looking Back on Hard-Won Progress, Looking Ahead to New Possibilities

The holidays are often a time for reflection. For me, that usually means thinking about the challenges of the past year and asking: Where did I succeed? Where did I stumble? And what does that mean going forward? But this year I'm taking a new approach. Instead of focusing solely on my in...

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Media Advisory: Exploring the Link Between Guns and Violence

Oakland, CA – The stunning defeat of gun control legislation in Congress – even after the public outcry for better gun control when schoolchildren were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December – doesn’t mean there isn’t more we can do.  As a dis...

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Gun Violence Is ‘A Problem We Don’t Need to Have’ – The Public Health Approach

Just as smoking, vehicle accidents and drunk driving are public health issues, so is gun violence – and it will respond just as effectively to public health preventive solutions, prominent gun violence experts recently told a Public Health Institute (PHI) Web Forum. For this to happen, ...

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Using Social Math to Support Your Policy Issue

Every day we are bombarded with news stories involving very large numbers. We hear about billions of dollars being spent by government or industry, or we might learn that hundreds of thousands of people are at risk for a particular disease. More often than not, these numbers do little to inform u...

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Preventable or inevitable: How do community violence and community safety appear in California news?

Unfortunately, we're all too familiar with violence. We see it reported daily in the news, and large numbers of us have experienced it firsthand. Yet, for all our observations of and encounters with crime and aggression, it can be challenging to understand larger patterns of violence at the c...

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The Need to Replace ‘Ideology, Intuition and Common Sense’ with a Science-Based Public Health Approach to Gun Violence: A Conversation

  Photo courtesy of ThinkProgress On an average day in the United States, 320 people are shot with a firearm, and approximately 90 people die from a gunshot wound. Meanwhile, funding for gun research at the nation’s leading publi...

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Gun Violence Research Critical, More Is Needed — PHI Urges Congress to Adopt Comprehensive Public Health Solutions

STATEMENT FROM MATTHEW MARSOM, PHI VICE PRESIDENT FOR PUBLIC POLICY AND PROGRAMS  "In the aftermath of yesterday's tragic shooting in San Bernardino—the 355th mass shooting in 2015—the Public Health Institute (PHI) stands with President Obama in calling on Congress t...

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Top 10 public health media bites of 2015

Every day, PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group monitors the news to learn how public health and social justice issues are being portrayed. We scan headlines and scour content to find out what arguments are being made, whose voices are coming through the loudest, and which perspectives are bein...

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15 of 2015's Best Stories

PHI posts hundreds of updates, new resources, press stories and events on our website and social media pages every year—so many that you may have missed a few. So we've rounded up the best of the best from 2015 for you. Read on to find out what were the most-viewed stories on ...

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"We are better than this" PHI statement on gun violence in Orlando

STATEMENT FROM the public health Institute  “The Public Health Institute condemns Sunday's mass shooting of GLBT individuals and their friends, mostly people of color, in Orlando, Florida, and joins the majority of Americans in calling for immediate changes that strengthen g...

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Why doctors are struggling to treat the gun violence epidemic

In the first 176 days of 2016, there have already been 196 mass shootings in America. Just two weeks ago, we witnessed the deadliest mass shooting in US history when a gunman killed 49 people in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Two days after the massacre, the American Medical A...

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NACCHO 2016 Keynote Panel Features PHI's Linda Rudolph

Every year, local health department professionals gather at NACCHO Annual to share opportunities and challenges, learn how to adopt best practices, engage with federal and local partners, and gain insights from public health experts. Join PHI's Linda Rudolph for this year's closing pa...

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Impacting Health: PHI 2016 Highlights

Advanced groundbreaking policies that ensure better health for millions.  In California, PHI advocated for soda taxes in local communities, helped to double the value of each dollar spent using SNAP (food stamps) on fruits and vegetables at farmers' marke...

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Webinar: Reframing Violence through a Public Health Lens

Join the UC Berkeley School of Public Health's Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership to hear from expert presenters as they discuss their approaches to communicating gun violence. In the first presentation, Shannon Cosgrove from Cure Violence will share the state of the health ap...

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From Tragedy to Action: Using Media Advocacy to Advance Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

On Sunday, June 12, 2016, Mark Chekal-Bain was looking forward to a rare day of rest during his busy week as district director for California Assemblymember Phil Ting. As it turned out, that day would be anything but restful. In the morning, Chekal-Bain was awakened by a TV broadcast about tragic...

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

STATEMENT FROM MARY A. PITTMAN, PRESIDENT AND CEO, PUBLIC HEALTH INSTITUTE "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 ...

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How Has News Coverage of Gun Violence Changed Since Columbine?

On April 20, 1999, Columbine students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold opened fire in their high school in Littleton, Colorado, killing 13 people and injuring two dozen others before killing themselves. Although it wasn't the first school shooting in the United States, the magnitude of the massa...

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"Are we saving lives or the gun industry?" PHI Statement on Mass Shooting in Florida

STATEMENT FROM MARY A. PITTMAN, CEO AND PRESIDENT, PUBLIC HEALTH INSTITUTE   "Mass shootings in America are tragic and they are preventable. We’re devastated. We’re exhausted. And we’re scared that it’s not going to change. But it must.   &qu...

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The Forgotten Victims of Officer-Involved Shootings

His name was Stephon Clark, and he was 22 years old. He was a father, a son, a neighbor, a friend, and a member of his community. He was in his grandparents' backyard in Sacramento when police shot 20 rounds of bullets at him, killing him, on the evening of March 18. As a mom and a Ca...

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In Public Health, It's Hard To Prove Benefits Of Alcohol — But Easy To Show Its Harms

Kate Borkowski/Flickr Alcohol is the most widely used drug in the world, including in the United States. About 70 percent of adults in the U.S. report past-year alcohol consumption, with over 37 million drinkers reporting binge dr...

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Facebook's other problem: How the company blocks the spread of legitimate stories

How to describe Facebook precisely — a social media network for staying connected with your friends? A news publisher? A propagator of false news? A threat to democracy? The social giant has been deemed many things since its inception nearly 15 years ago. In a way, the p...

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To understand Philly’s gun violence crisis, in-depth reporting is needed

In Philadelphia, we find out about gun violence from news reports that often sound the same. We are told when and where the incident took place, the age and gender of the victims, what wounds were suffered, how they got to the hospital, their medical conditions, and the state of the poli...

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More than mass shootings: Gun violence narratives in California news (2018)

We can't solve a problem that we don't fully comprehend. That's why a key component of stopping the gun violence epidemic in America is understanding the complete picture of what this public health crisis looks like. Most people have seen at least glimpses of the picture: Gun ...

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PHI Joins Leading Orgs to Call for Legislative Solutions to Gun Violence (2018)

On February 22, PHI joined 75 organizations who signed on to two letters to the House and Senate urging Congress to find a bipartisan path forward for comprehensive legislative solutions to firearm-related injuries and fatalities. Read the full text of the letter to the house below, or click ...

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Letter In Support Of Gun Violence Prevention Research Funding from Health Groups to Appropriations Committee (December 2015) (2015)

Get involved: Learn more about PHI's related efforts to prevent gun violence: Read The Need to Replace ‘Ideology, Intuition and Common Sense’ with a Science-Based Public Health Approach to Gun Violence: A Conversation, which explores findings from a recent Dialogue4He...

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Preventable or inevitable: How do community violence and community safety appear in California news? (2015)

Unfortunately, we're all too familiar with violence. We see it reported daily in the news, and large numbers of us have experienced it firsthand. Yet, for all our observations of and encounters with crime and aggression, it can be challenging to understand larger patterns of violence at the c...

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What's missing from the news on sexual violence? An analysis of coverage, 2011-2013 (2015)

Man convicted in rape case sentenced. Alleged child predator indicted. Sexual harassment endemic in medical work environment. We see the headlines every day: Sexual violence often makes front-page news. But in the flood of articles that inundate us, it can be challenging to see the larger...

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