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PHI's Impact in 2018

January 16, 2019

Over the past year, PHI worked with communities across the U.S. and around the world to address some of the most critical emerging threats to public health. To produce cutting-edge research, to harness the power of data and technology, to improve health equity, to show what works, to build capacity among those working on the frontlines of our most pressing health issues—and much more.

Here are highlights of our programs' impact in 2018.  more

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Press Releases

Dental Flossing and Other Behaviors Linked With Higher Levels of PFAS in the Body

January 08, 2019

A new study from the Silent Spring Institute and PHI's Child Health and Development Studies suggests certain types of consumer behaviors, including flossing with Oral-B Glide dental floss, contribute to elevated levels in the body of toxic PFAS chemicals. PFAS are water- and grease-proof substances that have been linked with numerous health problems. The findings provide new insight into how these chemicals end up in people’s bodies and how consumers can limit their exposures by modifying their behavior.  more

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"No one left out or left behind." PHI statement welcoming CA Governor Gavin Newsom

January 14, 2019

PHI welcomes California Governor Gavin Newsom to his new role leading the golden state, and along his continued path to keep every person who lives here happy, healthy and strong. We support the bold vision Governor Newsom laid out, in particular his recognition of the critical importance of health and public health infrastructure for the state—and his determination that no one in California will be left out or left behind. 


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Announcements & Events

Apply Today to the 2019 FACES Summer Medical Academy

January 22, 2019

FACES Summer Medical Academy (FSMA) is a tuition-based, intensive summer day experience designed to expose high school students to the fields of medicine, nursing, and allied health professions. In partnership with Samuel Merritt University, the goal of the program is to offer youth a glimpse into the array of advanced educational strategies and tools that comprise current medical training. This year's FSMA is scheduled for July 15-26, 2019. Learn more about the program and apply today! Applications are due by April 12th.  more

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PHI in the News

Oral-B Glide floss tied to potentially toxic PFAS chemicals, study suggests

January 09, 2019 | Ryan W. Miller | USA Today

Oral-B Glide may be in the headline of this article, but the message from this new study from PHI's Child Health and Development Studies program, in partnership with the Silent Spring Institute, is to be careful of a host of products laden with PFAS: water- and grease-proof substances that have been linked with kidney and testicular cancer, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, low birth weight, decreased fertility and immune system damage. Researchers also found that African-American women who ate food from coated cardboard containers had higher PFAS levels for four of the chemicals studied compared to those who didn't.  more

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