Category Archives: Context of Population Health

A Smoke-Free Nation One Step at a Time

Eighty-two percent of Los Angelenos would prefer to live in smoke-free housing, and those who live in publicly funded housing just got their wish.   Under a new federal rule, smoking in public housing will be banned nationwide as of early 2017. The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles will be required to […]

If Silence=Death then Voter Suppression=Murder

What’s good for the body politic is good for the body. From 1990’s AIDS activism to today’s attention to community-based participatory research, public health has long recognized that good health requires healthy debate. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation captures the importance of voice to health as a key driver of a Culture of Health: In a […]

When Soda Companies Pay the Public Health Bills

Several cities will vote on soda taxes this November, but the beverage industry is doing everything they can to make sure they don’t pass, including giving funding to national health organizations.   Coca-Cola and Pepsi have spent millions on fighting public health interventions that would reduce soda consumption while simultaneously giving millions to public health […]

Shrinking Santa Monica

In Measure LV, Santa Monica voters will decide whether to sharply restrict the height of future buildings. While the supporters of LV are coy about it, there is no way to vertically shrink Santa Monica without building fewer homes. And that has costs.   Read Center for Health Advancement Co-Director Dr. Zimmerman’s recent guest post in the […]

Trump’s Missing Tax Dollars Are a Missed Opportunity

Trump took a loss of $916 million dollars in 1995: this we know. He may have avoided paying income tax for the next 18 years: this we suspect. Pundits are focused on what Trump did or didn’t pay, took or didn’t take, gave or didn’t give. I want to know: where might his tax money […]

CHA Director Dr. Fielding on Lowering Prices for Lifesaving Drugs

Center for Health Advancement Director, Dr. Jonathan Fielding, addresses the exorbitant increase in drug prices and suggests several solutions in a recent U.S. News & World Report. Americans pay more for common medicines than most other countries, forcing millions of U.S. consumers to forego filling a doctor’s prescription or to lower their dosage to make the medicine […]

Pollution Politics makes for Happy Bedfellows

The California legislature has just passed legislation that may have a greater influence on our nation’s future even than all the feverish debates over Hilary Clinton’s emails. In voting to reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels in the next 14 years (wow!), California has crossed the Rubicon into a post-carbon era. […]