Turning great ideas into healthier communities


Can the Healthcare Industry Make Communities Healthy?

March 18, 2019 | Dr. Douglas P. Jutte & Carol Naughton

Groundbreaking of the West Lakes Early Learning Center in Orlando, Fla.Across the country, insurance companies and healthcare providers are helping to lead the way in addressing the social determinants of health—to really transform the communities that need it the most—by making investments in housing affordable for people of different means, high-quality early childhood education and schools from the earliest age, and community resources that support health and wellbeing.

Learn more about this growing movement in a new Medium piece from Dr. Douglas Jutte, of PHI's Build Healthy Places Network, and Carol Naughton of Purpose Build Communities.   more

See All Blogs


Press Releases

New Rankings Show Healthiest and Least Healthy Counties in California

March 19, 2019

Marin County ranks healthiest in California and Lake County is the least healthy county in the state, according to the annual County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. This year’s Rankings State Reports show stark differences across and within counties in the opportunity to afford a home. The affordability burden is particularly acute for those with low incomes as well as people of color. 

“When housing is unaffordable, it impacts all other social determinants of health—from education to employment,” said Mary A. Pittman, DrPH, President and CEO of the Oakland-based Public Health Institute, which helps disseminate the County Health Rankings in California. “The housing affordability crisis in California is a public health crisis."  more

See All Press Releases


PHI Statement on Dr. Burke Harris Appointment as CA State Surgeon General

January 23, 2019

"The role of the first-ever state surgeon general is pivotal:  she must set the vision and create an ambitious roadmap for the public’s health that will have impacts on generations to come. We can think of no one better equipped to lead that work than Dr. Burke Harris."  more

See All Statements

Announcements & Events

ADA National Network Learning Session: We All Want Disability Inclusion in Emergency Management - New Research on What is Actually Happening

March 21, 2019

Join the April 11th webinar, which will review findings from new research conducted by New York University and PHI's Pacific ADA Center on what local emergency managers in federal region 9 say they have done and can do to include people with disabilities in emergency planning, response, recovery, and mitigation. Crucial information about disability inclusion in emergency management and the structural needs of local offices to achieve this was discovered. Learn more and register.  more

See All Announcements

PHI in the News

Lake ranked as least healthy county in California in new national report

March 19, 2019 | Lake County News

Image result for lake county newsThe least healthy county in California is Lake County, according to the newly-released annual County Health Rankings, which PHI helps disseminate throughout the state. The report used data from the years 2015 to 2017, which saw Lake County hit repeatedly not just by wildland fires but by a flood. 

This year’s analyses also show that a lack of opportunity for a safe, secure, and affordable home is tied to poor health. “The housing affordability crisis in California is a public health crisis," said PHI President & CEO Mary Pittman. "Moving forward, we must invest in healthy and affordable housing, protect the residents who are most at risk, and ensure that these residents and communities can fully participate in the shaping of housing policy.”  more

See All PHI in the News