Chronic, non-communicable diseases—such as heart disease, cancer, asthma, obesity, and diabetes—are responsible for close to 75 percent of all U.S. health care costs and an estimated $6 trillion in lost global productivity annually. Worldwide, they disproportionately affect low-income and marginalized populations.
PHI is committed to advancing equitable approaches to stemming the chronic disease epidemic both in the U.S. and abroad. We provide expertise in disease surveillance, capacity building, research, evaluation, policy advocacy and leadership development. From researching who is most at risk for chronic disease and why in order to inform better prevention strategies, to testing new technologies to improve chronic disease management, to promoting healthy behaviors through sophisticated media and educational campaigns, we advance research-based solutions to improving community health. We also specialize in advocating for policies, at the local to international levels, that increase access to healthy foods, curb tobacco use and promote physical activity; forging multi-sectoral partnerships with health care, business, education and government to broaden chronic disease prevention efforts; and strengthening local leaders and organizations to become effective change agents in the movement to build healthier communities.
Our expertise includes:
- Chronic disease surveillance and tracking: From collecting complete, timely and scientific quality data on cancer patients, to tracking incidents of asthma, obesity trends, and heart disease, PHI experts are available to research rates and incidents of chronic disease.
- Policy development, advocacy, and implementation: Our experts can help you advance community-based policies to promote nutrition, physical activity, active transportation, affordable housing, violence prevention, and other best practices in chronic disease prevention. PHI staff brings expertise in youth and parent empowerment approaches, policy and environmental change strategies including school-based efforts, and community-based solutions that improve environments primarily in low-resource, high-need communities.
- Ensuring equitable health improvements: Stemming chronic disease starts with the development of successful public health strategies which recognize the complex interplay of social factors that drive inequitable health outcomes. Learn how to address the social determinants of health with PHI's support, and build a health equity approach into the core of your efforts.
- Coalition and network building: PHI specializes in building local, statewide, national, and global networks that unite community leaders and partners to collectively reduce the rates of chronic disease and build equitable, safe, and healthy communities.
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Resources and Tools
- 2013 Report on California Legislation Related to Food and Farming
- 2016 Training Catalog: PHI's Center for Wellness and Nutrition
- California Project LEAN: 2016 Training Catalog
- Chronic Disease Prevention at the Public Health Institute: Examples of Impact
- Reach of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–Education (SNAP–Ed) Interventions and Nutrition and Physical Activity-Related Outcomes, California
- Supporting a Healthy Lifestyle Among Low-Income Children: Key Findings from the California Children’s Healthy Eating and Exercise Practices Survey
Berkeley Media Studies Group
California Alliance for Prevention Funding
California Health Interview Survey
Center for International Tobacco Control
Cleaner Cookstoves: Building Global Capacity & Improving Public Health
FACES for the Future Coalition
Global Health Leaders
Health in All Policies
Health Spectrum Program
Population Health Innovation Lab (PHIL)
Public Health Alliance of Southern California
Roots of Change
Survey Research Group
Here's How We're Making a Difference
Improving Access to Care for 6,000-7,000 Californians with SCD
Prior to 2019, there were few providers and resources for the thousands of Californians suffering from sickle cell disease (SCD). PHI’s California Sickle Cell Data Collection program presented their findings on challenges faced by those with SCD at a Sacramento hearing, in May. Shortly after, the Assembly Bill 1105 was passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Newsom to support more clinics/knowledgeable care providers in the state, workforce development for this disease, and surveillance capacity. As of December 2018, California’s legislature has committed $15 million toward the enhancement of adult sickle cell disease care.
Increasing Access to Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs
CA4Health also created this video to further expand the understanding and need for community health workers.
Mobilizing Global Leaders to Act on Chronic Disease
PHI convened the first-ever international conference to focus exclusively on preventing, diagnosing and treating chronic disease among the world’s children, spurring commitments from leading organizations such as UNICEF.
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