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War Metaphors and ‘Strong’ Survivors: Do the words we use to discuss breast cancer help or hurt patients?

October 15, 2019 | Heather Gehlert

Many news stories and casual conversations alike include words like “warrior,” “battle,” and other militaristic terms to describe efforts to end breast cancer. But how do the people whose lives are at stake feel about these words? Do they confer a sense of strength and empowerment? Or do they do more harm than good? That’s a question that a fellow journalist and woman with breast cancer recently posed in one of my online support groups, and it’s one that I’ve been asking myself a lot lately, now that I’ve been diagnosed with an aggressive form of the disease.  more

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New Treatment Program Helps Women Significantly Reduce How Much They Drink After Treatment Ends

July 22, 2019

A new clinical trial shows that intensive motivational interviewing (IMI), an intervention that was first used to treat methamphetamine dependence, is highly effective in curbing how much women with alcohol problems drank two months after the program ended with consumption levels sustained at the six-month follow-up. Women who were heavy drinkers experienced the greatest effect. Heavy drinking was defined as drinking 14 or more days to the point of intoxication over the past 30 days. The study from the Alcohol Research Group (ARG), a program of the Public Health Institute, found that IMI produced fewer drinking days and fewer heavy drinking days than the comparison group with trend analysis indicating that the effect would most likely be sustained long term. Other treatment programs have shown only minor to moderate effects that decline over time.  more

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PHI Statement on Dr. Sonia Angell Appointment as Director of CA Dept of Public Health

September 16, 2019

"The Public Health Institute (PHI) welcomes Dr. Sonia Angell as the new director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and we look forward to continuing to work in collaboration to build a healthier, more equitable California under Dr. Angell's direction. Read the full statement from PHI President and CEO Mary A. Pittman.  more

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ADA National Network Learning Session: The Provider Accessibility Initiative (PAI)

October 15, 2019

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According to a 2017 CMS analysis, Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries with disabilities receive less preventive care than beneficiaries with no disability because health care providers lack accessible exam rooms and/or diagnostic equipment. The purpose of the Centene Provider Accessibility Initiative (PAI) is to increase the percentage of Centene's providers who meet minimum federal and state disability access standards.

During this webinar from PHI's Pacific ADA Center, representatives from Centene and the National Council of Independent Living (NCIL) will provide an overview of the PAI, results to date, and recommend best practices to create a health system that promotes universal access for all.  more

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PHI in the News

Paradise Residents Still Can't Drink the Water

September 30, 2019 | Molly Peterson | KQED

Public health investigator Dr. Gina Solomon examines a water meter in Paradise. Her team will do the first testing for the carcinogen benzene inside homes left standing by the Camp Fire. (Molly Peterson/KQED)Since last November, when the Camp Fire almost completely destroyed the town of Paradise, the cancer-causing chemical benzene has tainted the town’s water, leaving it undrinkable. Now an independent team of scientists led by PHI's Dr. Gina Solomon will begin testing for the carcinogen and other pollutants inside the houses that the fire left standing.

“The main goal is to really understand what’s going on, basically, and to address any issues that come up,” Solomon told residents at a recent Paradise Irrigation District meeting.  more

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