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Aug 2016
Bryan Moy

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Wildfires and Public Health: A View from the Front Lines

Currently, 10 states are battling large wildfires, such as California’s Sand Fire (>37,000 acres burned) and Sobranes Fire (>23,000 acres burned). Read on to learn more about how wildfires impact public health, and public health systems.  

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Aug 2016
Keanan McGonigle

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Medical students must act on climate change

Climate change is already impacting the health of people around the world. As future healthcare practitioners, medical students have an obligation to act to mitigate climate change and protect the health of their future patients. They can lead the charge in reducing emissions and bending the curve on warming in many ways – this blog has some suggestions on how to get started!

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May 2016
Bryan Moy

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Protecting Employees During Extreme Heat Events

Did you know that extreme heat events (EHEs), or “heat waves,” kill more people in the United States than hurricanes, earthquakes, lightening, and floods combined?

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Apr 2016
Bryan Moy

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Storms and Pacific Island Nations

In April of 2014, tropical storm Ita drenched the Western Pacific. Two and a half feet of rain fell through the Solomon Islands over the four-day disaster, bursting river banks and causing mud-heavy flash floods. Twenty-two people died and over 10,000 people were displaced. Hundreds of homes were destroyed along with subsistence food gardens. The economic impact of the floods was valued at $107.8 million USD – approximately 9.2 percent of the Solomon Island’s gross domestic product (GDP).

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Jan 2016
Neil Maizlish

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Drought in the Central Valley

When Dave Rozell became the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Manager for a small local health department, the last thing he expected was that he would be working 24/7 to provide water to over 5,000 residents whose faucets ran dry. But in Tulare County, CA, an unrelenting drought is stressing the local economy and causing an unprecedented level of hardship.

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Dec 2014
 

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Web Forum: Climate Change, Equity and Health: How Funders Can Make a Difference

Climate change is a known “threat multiplier,” posing the greatest danger for communities already bearing the burden of health and environmental challenges. On December 16, PHI partnered with Grantmakers in Health, the Health and Environmental Funders Network, and the Convergence Partnership to for a funders-only briefing on climate change, equity, and health.

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Nov 2014
 

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PHI hosts People, Power, Change at APHA

PHI’s CA Convergence and RAMP co-hosted #PeoplePowerChange, a free public speaker series about resilience and community health, at the APHA annual conference. Check out photos from the event and learn more.

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Nov 2014
 

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Public Health Institute Briefs State Legislative Staff on Connections Between Climate Change and Health

On November 12th, the Public Health Institute sponsored a legislative briefing, hosted by Assemblymember Rob Bonta, to inform California legislators and legislative staff about the threat that climate change poses to the health of their constituents. Speakers looked at the key impacts already affecting Californians, including worsening asthma, lack of access to clean water and healthy foods, and exposure to extreme heat. View the speakers’ presentation slides and learn more.

 

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