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Policy & Advocacy

PHI develops strategic public policy solutions at the global, federal, state and local level that leverage cutting-edge research and build the power and influence of community leaders.

With experience across a range of policy areas and issues, combined with our strong record working side-by-side with business, government, and community-based organizations, PHI and its programs are effective, influential advocates for public health in local, state and federal policy. PHI focuses on building sustainable community power and leaders who can advocate persuasively and effectively for the issues most important in their lives.

PHI develops and supports forward-thinking research and policy to support the public health perspective as it relates to many of the most complex challenges facing the nation today, including: agriculture and nutrition, transportation planning, climate change, economic development, healthy communities, telehealth and health information technology, and alcohol, tobacco and substance use.

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  • 45M SNAP-Ed eligible Americans had SNAP benefits protected through PHI federal advocacy in 2013
  • PASSED the most aggressive climate change bills in the country SB 32 and SB 1383
  • 3.9M Californians getting double their CalFresh benefits for fresh produce thanks to PHI's Market Match bill

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COVID-19 Resources and Updates

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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