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Heart Disease

Poor diet and physical inactivity are among the leading causes of preventable death in California and play a major role in a host of chronic diseases and health-threatening conditions, including heart disease. The Public Health Institute is committed to supporting advancements in heart disease prevention and management in order to improve health outcomes across all communities.

Through research-based modalities, PHI identifies who is at most risk for heart disease (and other chronic diseases), in order to inform better prevention strategies. PHI also advocates for better policies at the local and international levels to increase access to healthy foods, curb tobaccos use, and promote physical activityhelping to reduce and prevent heart disease. We are committed to strengthening local leaders and organizations in building effective change agents in the movement to build healthier communities, both within the United States and around the world. 

Our expertise includes:

  • Disease tracking and monitoring: Our experts are available to conduct cutting-edge studies to help inform your work. We specialize in tracking rates of heart disease, determining environmental cost and potential return on investment of prevention strategies, and the impact of heart disease in specific communities or localities.
  • Advancing strategies to reduce heart disease and promote community health: Our staff has led the field in developing and launching sustainable, successful strategies to reduce chronic diseases, including heart disease. Through programs and policy, we have led local, state-wide, and national efforts in tobacco cessation and prevention, improving access to healthy affordable food, and increasing physical activity opportunities. 
  • Health education and promotion: Work with PHI to help promote healthy behaviors, through sophisticated, holistic, and culturally-relevant media and educational campaigns.
  • Evaluation: Make sure your efforts are working and get the data you need to demonstrate success. PHI offers ongoing and as-needed evaluation to inform program improvement or policy development, and underscore impact.
  • Technical assistance and capacity building: Learn the tools and skills you need to improve care, reduce hospitalizations, and track incidents of heart disease with our technical support and consultation. 


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Lynn Silver

Lynn Silver is a senior advisor at PHI for chronic disease and obesity. She works to enhance and strengthen PHI's portfolio of programs in chro...

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Here's How We're Making a Difference

Increasing Access to Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs

Working in small and rural California communities, CA4Health trained lay leaders to deliver evidence-based chronic disease self-management, education and support. Over three years, CA4Health increased the number of community members with access to these services by 263,272.

CA4Health also created this video to further expand the understanding and need for community health workers.



Linking Pregnancy History to Cardiovascular Risk

Research from Child Health and Development Studies showed some combinations of pregnancy complications were associated with as much as a 7-fold increase in risk of cardiovascular disease death overall. Other combinations were associated with a 4- to 5-fold higher risk of dying of cardiovascular disease early, before the age of 60. It’s the most extensive study  of its kind, following 15,000 women over fifty years, and means that many doctors could be screening —and doing early interventions—for cardiovascular risk simply by looking at a woman’s pregnancy history.


Mobilizing Global Leaders to Act on Chronic Disease

Photo credit: Tim Wagner / HEACPHI 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.