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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

Upcoming Convenings: Learn About the Proposed California Wellness Trust

October 15, 2019

Please join the California Alliance for Prevention Funding (CAPF), Public Health Institute, CA4Health, Population Health Innovation Lab and Northern ACEs Collaborative to learn more about CAPF's proposal for the creation of a California Wellness Trust, share your feedback and hear from local leaders about prevention work happening in your community.  more

CA4Health Workshop: Building Equity Into Everyday Practice

October 08, 2019

PHI's CA4Health is offering a workshop on November 19, 2019 in Chico, CA, to provide capacity building, technical assistance, and coordinated support around key health and equity issues in your work. This day-long event will consist of small teams attending a specific coaching/TA area to workshop a project or concrete idea in your work in the first half of the day. The afternoon session will allow all attendees to engage in shared learning around their topics of choice. The day is designed for you to actively participate in identifying, practicing, and applying strategies to the project or idea you bring, regardless of your topical area of work. Each workshop area will also have one follow-up virtual coaching/TA session for continued learning and application of the concepts.  more

Arianna Sampson, Co-Lead Principal Investigator at PHI's California Bridge, Recognized With "Hero in Healthcare" Award

October 03, 2019

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Arianna Sampson, co-lead principal investigator at PHI's California Bridge, was recently given the “Hero in Healthcare” award by Marshall Medical Center. “It brought tears to my eyes,” reflects Sampson, “when I saw that multiple nurses I work with in the ER nominated me." In part, this is an acknowledgment of the Bridge model, which Sampson implemented in her hospital just two and a half years ago. "When we started the program people were hesitant but we’ve come full circle to see how worthwhile our efforts have been—the program is working.”

Bridge, a program of the Public Health Institute, is establishing a culture of evidence-based medicine to treat substance use disorders through an accelerated training program for healthcare providers that supports, enhances, and increases access to 24/7 treatment in every community.  more

Fire and Water Study: Drinking Water in the Area Affected by the Camp Fire

October 01, 2019

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The Camp fire in November 2018 burned the towns of Paradise and Magalia, California, and nearby areas, destroying nearly 14,000 homes but leaving about 1,700 standing homes. Returning residents have reported odors and an unpleasant taste in the drinking water. Testing by the local utilities has identified benzene and other VOCs in some parts of the public water distribution systems. 

Led by PHI's Gina Solomon, the Fire and Water Study aims to measure drinking water contaminants in household tap water in homes affected by the Camp fire in Paradise, California. The study is designed to collect information that will inform the recovery in the Camp fire zone, while also helping to prevent future drinking water issues after wildfires.  more

Register for the Next ADA National Network Learning Session: A Disability Justice Approach to Disaster Assistance

September 30, 2019

Hosted by PHI's Pacific ADA Center, tune in for an interactive virtual workshop on Disability Justice approaches to disaster assistance that recognizes histories of harm and centers communities of color. The session will be co-facilitated by Justice Shorter who serves as the Disaster Protection Advisor for the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) and Valerie Novack who is currently a Portlight Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Together, they will use Title II of the ADA and the 10 Disability Justice Principles created by Sins Invalid to guide participants through critical questions that call for a nationwide reimagining of more equitable and effective state/local emergency management practices.  more

Announcing the 2019-2020 STAR Collaboration Laboratory Awardees

September 25, 2019

Thank you to the more than 100 global academic institutions who applied to STAR’s Collaboration Laboratory, which supports the pairing of academic institutions in order to develop, test, and codify best practices for successful, sustainable partnerships.

Please join us in congratulating the following four pairs of institutions that will receive USD $15,000 toward the completion of their projects set to begin in October.  more

Join the Next #NetworkCommons: “Larger Than Cities and Towns: Partnering for Health at a Regional Level"

September 17, 2019

The solutions to improve the health of communities often transcend the borders of cities or towns. What do successful cross-sector approaches to health and equity improvement look like when they span different geographical regions? 

Join PHI's Build Healthy Places Network on November 20th for a stimulating #NetworkCommons conversation as we meet three organizations from across the country that are driving innovative regional approaches to improve health outcomes, enhance opportunity, and advance equity. Hear about the economic, cultural and policy forces shaping these dynamic multi-sector partnerships. See more information and registration.  more

IMPT Network Update: September 2019

September 13, 2019

logos: IMPT and CAMI HealthThe Initiative for MPTs (IMPT), a project of PHI's CAMI Health, is a global learning network that aims to advance multipurpose prevention technologies (MPTs)—an innovative class of products that deliver varied combinations of HIV prevention, other STI prevention, and contraception and will improve the lives of women and families worldwide. Tune in on Thursday, September 26, 2019, to hear updates on ongoing IMPT projects and current MPT-related activities.  more

Upcoming Webinar: Pregnancy-Associated Suicide in California, 2002-2012: Findings from In-Depth Case Reviews and Recommendations for Prevention

August 26, 2019

The California Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review—a collaborative effort between PHI, the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Branch of the California Department of Public Health and the California Maternal Quality of Care Collaborative—conducted the largest to date, in-depth case review of deaths from suicide among pregnant women and among those who were pregnant within the prior year, between 2002 and 2012. This webinar will highlight the key findings, quality improvement opportunities, and recommendations for prevention.   more

Rise Up California Grantees Announced

August 25, 2019 | Chantal Hildebrand

PHI's Rise Up is funding six projects that were started by leaders from Rise Up's Advocacy and Leadership Accelerator in California. These projects aim to improve girls’ education, reduce gender-based and sexual violence, increase LGBTQ+ access to healthcare, tackle gaps in California’s incarceration system, and protect the rights of women and girls in the Central Valley and the Bay Area.   more

Call for Applications: 2020 National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health

August 21, 2019

PHI's Center for Health Leadership and Practice is currently seeking applications from multi-sector teams across the United States for the 9th National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (NLAPH) cohort for the 2020 program year. Since 2012, NLAPH has brought together leaders from diverse sectors including health, housing, education, transportation, and law enforcement to build their own capacity in order to transform their communities, improve health, and advance equity.  more

California Governor Newsom’s State Budget Lifts up Health in All Policies

August 15, 2019

In an historic decision, the 2019-2020 California state budget established three Health in All Policies (HiAP) positions at the cabinet-level California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) in order to promote healthy communities, racial equity and environmental sustainability across state government and within SGC’s own programs. This decision builds on nearly a decade of public/private partnership between the State and the Public Health Institute (PHI) to facilitate the California HiAP Task Force and institutionalize Health in All Policies as an approach in state government.

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Announcing a New ADA National Network Learning Session: "Opioid Use Disorder and the Americans with Disabilities Act in Health Care Settings"

August 09, 2019

Addiction to opioids and other substances has risen dramatically in recent years. How government and private entities view treatment of addiction to opioids and other substances has raised Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) concerns. In this session, hosted by PHI's Pacific ADA Center, two members of the ADA National Network will discuss how the ADA impacts persons with Opioid Use Disorders in a variety of health care settings.  more

Rise Up Announces New Nigeria Grantees

August 01, 2019

PHI's Rise Up conducted their second Leadership and Advocacy Accelerator workhop for Nigerian leaders. These leaders participated in hands-on training based on Rise Up’s award-winning curriculum and shared their expertise with each other to develop strategies to improve the lives of girls and women throughout Nigeria. After a competitive proposal process, Rise Up funded nine advocacy groups from the workshop. 

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ADA National Network Learning Session: "FEMA's Office of Disability Integration & Coordination—Who We Are & How We Serve"

July 29, 2019

FEMA's Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC) offers guidelines and strategies to aid people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs during an emergency. PHI's Pacific ADA Center will host a free webinar to provide an overview of the ODIC's strategic vision, current policy, and program initiatives.   more

New ADA National Network Learning Session: "Implementing Disability Access in a Healthcare Setting"

July 15, 2019

The Americans with Disabilities Act and other Disability Access laws set out principles to follow and implementing these principles requires careful program design. PHI's Pacific ADA Center will host a free webinar on July 25, 2019 to set program strategies for implementing the disability access principles in both inpatient and outpatient settings including operations, policies, accessible medical equipment and physical access.  more

Pacific ADA Center Presents: Training Workshop for the Certified Access Specialist (CASp) Examination

July 11, 2019

PHI's Pacific ADA Center is hosting its second annual training workshop to provide a comprehensive review of the relevant knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully pass the examination to become a Certified Access Specialist (CASp) in the State of California.   more

The 2019 California Budget is a $15 Million Victory for People with Asthma

July 11, 2019 | Joel Ervice, PHI's Regional Asthma Management and Prevention Program

The 2019 Cal Budget is a $15 Million Victory for Asthma PreventionPHI's Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP) program teamed up with other public health programs across the state of California to secure $15 million dollars in the state budget that will support asthma prevention and environmental remediation services. The one-time funding will support local health departments, medical providers and community-based organizations to offer asthma education and environmental trigger mitigation.

Learn more in a new post from RAMP's Associate Director, Joel Ervice.    more

Announcing a New Webinar from the Build Healthy Places Network: "The Health Value of Community Development: Making Connections Across Sectors"

July 09, 2019

Join PHI's Build Healthy Places Network, and their co-sponsor NeighborWorks America, in an upcoming webinar on August 8th that dives into the innovative work happening across the health and community development sectors.  more

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