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Reflections from Rise Up Fellows at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)

November 07, 2018 | Rise Up

"When PHI's Rise Up invited me to attend United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), I couldn’t believe what a huge opportunity it would be for me," said Fellow Alejandra García Muñiz. "I have made my career working with different civil society organizations in Mexico, being an activist for women and people with disabilities, promoting equal rights and employment inclusion. For an activist like me, being at the UNGA is a dream, and now it is a dream come true. Watch the video of Muñiz and Ricardo Preciado Jiménez at UNGA  more

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Press Releases

Comprehensive Evaluation of California's Green Chemistry Initiative Released

October 17, 2018

An extensive evaluation of the State of California's Green Chemistry Initiative (GCI) on its tenth anniversary has recognized its strengths and weaknesses, and makes ten recommendations for streamlining and improving the program. Principal author Gina M. Solomon, a physician at UCSF and Principal Investigator at the Public Health Institute, said, "California's Green Chemistry Initiative has pioneered an innovative approach to replacing toxic chemicals in consumer products with safer alternatives."  The major piece of the GCI is its Safer Consumer Products (SCP) program, run by CalEPA's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).  more

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"Stand against intolerance and strengthen the bonds of solidarity.": PHI Statement

October 30, 2018

"Last week was a terrible week for our nation. The anti-Semitic mass murder of worshipers in a Pittsburgh synagogue, the race-motivated killings of two African-Americans in Kentucky, and the series of bombs mailed to prominent political figures were not isolated. They were connected by hate and fomented by an intolerance of difference and an increasingly deadly tolerance of nationalist and racist ideology."  more

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Announcements & Events

Call for Applications in California: Gender Equity Initiative

November 06, 2018

PHI's Rise Up is thrilled to launch a call for applications for the Gender Equity Initiative (GEI) in California! We invite applications from civil society, grassroots, and non-profit organization leaders based in 14 counties in California to participate in Rise Up’s intensive Advocacy and Leadership Accelerator Workshop and be part of the first cohort of Rise Up leaders in California. GEI is a non-stipended program offering selected leaders the opportunity to; participate in the no-cost weeklong residential Advocacy and Leadership Accelerator workshop between April 8-14, 2019 to strengthen their skills in girl and women-centered advocacy, leadership, and proposal development and develop strategies to improve the lives of girls and women in their communities.   more

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PHI in the News

CMS Gives Telehealth a Nudge With Coverage for Virtual Check-Ins

November 05, 2018 | Eric Wicklund | mHealth Intelligence

Last week’s release of The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ 2019 Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program offered good news for providers looking to implement telemedicine for virtual check-ins. While much of the attention was focused on expanded reimbursement for remote patient monitoring services, an overlooked section of the 2,378-page document detailed Medicare coverage for “Brief Communication Technology-Based Service” (HCPCS code G2012). Simply put, this new code gives providers an opportunity to use telehealth to check in with their patients at certain times on care management issues. PHI's Center for Connected Health Policy was quoted in this article.   more

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