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Environmental Health

Improving health and equity by addressing critical environmental issues

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  • 15M budget appropriation to help 2 million with asthma
  • PASSED the most aggressive climate bills in the country: CA SB 32 and SB 1383
  • 10x more pollution episodes identified

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Our environment, the air we breathe, the food we consume and the climate around us profoundly impact our health. Communities of color and low-income populations are disproportionately exposed to environmental hazards and the impacts of climate change. PHI is in the vanguard of improving health and equity by addressing some of the most pressing environmental issues of our time. We undertake groundbreaking studies. We show how the built environment can influence whether or not an individual will develop asthma, cancer and other illnesses. We educate the public and policy makers about the impacts of climate change on public health, and more.

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Building Health Equity

A network of air monitors installed by community members in California’s Imperial County, with support from PHI's Tracking California, found 10 times more episodes of high particulate matter (PM2.5) levels than had been detected by the government’s regulatory monitors. The predominantly Latino Imperial County has exceeded state and federal standards for air quality measures for decades, and it has the highest asthma-related hospitalization rate for children in the state.

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The Public Health Institute is working hard to focus our resources and expertise to address COVID-19 and its impacts on our communities. We are getting masks and PPE directly to frontline workers, bolstering efforts to address inequities, and coming up with solutions to support our most vulnerable communities.

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