PHI Statement on Police Killing of George Floyd

“Police violence and racism are a public health crisis: In 2019, police killed 1,099 people in the United States, and Black people were three times more likely to be killed by police than white people… The Public Health Institute stands in solidarity with Black leaders and communities in calling for accountability and action to end police violence, and we support our Black neighbors and community in their response to injustice,” writes Mary Pittman, DrPH, President and CEO of PHI.


See additional statements from PHI programs:

The Struggle Against Systemic Racism, from PHI’s Regional Asthma Management and Prevention program

COVID-19 and the Impact on Communities of Color: Our Nation’s Inequities Exposed

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, communities of color already faced systemic barriers to health and well-being. People of color disproportionately have higher rates of many chronic conditions—which are associated with the social determinants of health—and are over-represented in low-wage, front-line jobs designated as essential workers in this pandemic. Sponsored by PHI partner Trust for America’s Health and recorded last month, this Dialogue4Health Web Forum highlights COVID’s disproportionate impact on communities of color, and the short- and long-term efforts needed to address these inequities.

Watch the recording →

Upcoming Webinar: Using Persuasive Narratives to Tell The Story of Overdose Prevention under COVID

June 18th, 2020: 11 am PT | 2 pm ET

Join PHI’s California Opioid Safety Network to learn communication strategies that focus attention on how COVID-19 is affecting people struggling with addiction, one of the more vulnerable populations during the pandemic.

New COVID-19 Resources & Updates

PHI and our programs are creating and sharing emerging science, best-practices and policy shifts to support communities, healthcare and public health systems as they respond to and manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

See new resources and explore our COVID-19 strategic initiative page →

PHI: Supporting CDC’s Response to COVID-19

The urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder that it is more important than ever to build the global health workforce. As of May 2020, 25 of the PHI/CDC Fellows have contributed to the work of CDC’s Emergency Operations Center and have responded to COVID-19 by serving on various Task Force Teams.

See the impact story →






COVID-19 Sparks a Rebirth of the Local Farm Movement

To get serious about preparing the food system for future disasters, Michael Dimock of PHI’s Roots of Change says we need a paradigm shift for farms to remain viable in the face of multiplying disasters to come—not only pandemics, but fires, floods and other symptoms of climate change.

Read the Yes! Magazine article →

Implementing SNAP-Ed During COVID-19

PHI’s Center for Wellness and Nutrition offers guidance on how agencies can implement SNAP-Ed—the education component of SNAP (also known as food stamps) that provides families with information and skills to promote healthier eating—in ways that prioritize the health and safety of staff, partners, clients and community members during COVID-19.

See the resource →

Podcast: Mapping COVID-19 & Building Global Health Capacity

Tune in to hear PHI/CDC Surveillance Fellow Greg Chang, MPH, discuss his experience serving on CDC’s International Epidemiology Team responding to COVID-19 and his work on Population-based HIV Impact Assessments with the Division of Global HIV & Tuberculosis for CDC’s Center for Global Health.

Hear the podcast →




More from PHI

Using Law & Policy to Reduce Alcohol-Related Deaths in the U.S.

Laws and policies—including many state-level solutions—can help support healthier, safer and more livable communities, and reduce the negative effects of alcohol use. Find evidence-based policy solutions to address alcohol-related deaths in a new Healthy People 2020 report, co-authored by William Kerr, PhD, senior scientist at PHI’s Alcohol Research Group.

Read the report →

Updated Report: State Telehealth Laws & Reimbursement Policies

Updated for Spring 2020, PHI’s Center for Connected Health Policy provides a detailed compendium of state telehealth laws, regulations and Medicaid policies for policymakers, health advocates, and other health care professionals. See the full report, infographic of key findings and interactive state policy map.

Explore the resources →