Public Health Institute
The Public Health Institute (PHI) is dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation, and around the world. It seeks to discover new research, strengthen key partnerships and programs, and advance sound health policies. PHI's Center for Climate Change and Health contributes to building healthy and climate-resilient communities with the right tools to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
The Center engages local leaders, community-based organizations, public health and health care workers, scientists, policymakers, and civil society in mainstreaming the protection of health across a wide range of policies and sectors. It promotes strategies that effectively address the impacts of climate change on health, while at the same time generating co-benefits from adaptation and mitigation for health and across other sectors.
Among other projects, PHI works to build the California Department of Public Health's climate change capacity and trains and supports physicians affiliated with the California Medical Association Foundation's Network of Ethnic Physicians Organizations (NEPO) on the basics of climate change, health, and equity. Through advocacy, expert testimony, and research, PHI has supported the passage of California legislation, including SB 32 and SB 1383, two aggressive climate change bills.
PHI serves as the host of the U.S. Climate and Health Alliance, a network of health and public health practitioners working to address the climate impact on health, providing up-to-date resources on health and climate change and a forum for public health professionals to communicate and engage on climate solutions.
Phone: (510) 285-5500