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Healthy Communities

When it comes to health, where you live matters

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  • 13.5M+ CA residents in communities that limit the # of marijuana retail outlets, as recommended by Getting it Right from the Start
  • 500K telephone health surveys conducted in English, Spanish, Chinese & Vietnamese since 1987 by Survey Research Group
  • 19 CA state departments with Racial Equity Action Plans, thanks in part to PHI's HiAP team

Our Work

When it comes to health, where you live matters: Neighborhoods can create opportunities for—or barriers to—health. In fact, zip code is a better predictor of health than genetic code. PHI works within and alongside communities to build health, with a particular emphasis on reducing health disparities by amplifying local leadership, dismantling structural barriers and addressing the social determinants of health. We work collaboratively to increase access to safe opportunities for physical activity, improve the built environment, reduce exposure to hazards in the environment and expand the availability of affordable, healthful foods.

PHI Priority

Building Health Equity

PHI’s Center for Wellness and Nutrition partners with California Tribal Organizations and community partners to promote healthy living and traditional foods, and to expand collaborative nutrition education activities and opportunities. The CalFresh Healthy Living (CFHL) Tribal Ambassador Committee includes tribal partners from communities throughout California who provide feedback, guidance, and suggestions on nutrition education materials, healthy traditional recipes, and partnership development to better serve California American Indian/Alaskan Native communities. This committee has developed a range of new culturally rooted CFHL resources that promote healthy living and traditional foods.

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Wildfires & Extreme Heat: Resources to Protect Yourself & Your Community

Communities across the U.S. and around the world are grappling with dangerous wildfires and extreme heat. These threats disrupt and uproot communities and pose serious risks to environmental and community health—from rising temperatures, unhealthy air pollutants, water contamination and more. Find PHI tools, resources and examples to help communities take action and promote climate safety, equity and resiliency.

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