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Q&A for RFP for Public Service Efforts to Prevent the Spread of Zika in California

May 12, 2017
Questions and answer addendum for California Department of Public Health and PHFE Zika Prevention RFP

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Posted by Nickie Kluge at 9:40 AM


RFP for Public Service Efforts to Prevent the Spread of Zika in California

April 27, 2017
On behalf of California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
Proposal Deadline: 4:00pm PST, Thursday, May 18, 2017

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Posted by Nickie Kluge at 9:45 AM


PHFE Partners with the U.S. Surgeon General to Turn the Tide on Opioid Addiction

August 08, 2016

This week, the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, announced a new, coordinated effort to turn the tide on opioid addiction, and launched an interactive website to reach the health care community in partnership with two national nonprofit organizations--Public Health Foundation Enterprises (PHFE) and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). ‘Turn the Tide Rx’ focuses on concrete steps providers can take to help curb the troubling rates of addiction and overdose from opioids in America. In 2014, more than 47,000 individuals in the U.S. died from drug overdoses—the highest number recorded. More than half of drug overdoses in 2014 involved some type of opioid. Placed in context, the number of deaths are increasingly alarming: more people died of drug overdose than car crashes (34,000) gun violence (34,000) and HIV/AIDS during the pandemic’s peak in the 1990s (42,000).

The Surgeon General’s campaign focuses on the role that prescription opiates play in the worsening trends related to opioid addiction. Opioid prescriptions have increased by 300 percent since 1999 without an overall change in reported pain, according to the U.S. Centers for Diseases Control. Nearly 249 million prescriptions for opioids were written in 2014, enough for every adult in America to have a bottle of pills. And while the U.S. accounts for 5 percent of the world’s population, Americans consume approximately 80% of the world’s supply of opioids.

With a crisis as extensive and widespread as the opioid crisis in the United States, the Surgeon General realized that he could not tackle this challenge alone. As such, he reached out to two organizations that focus everyday on addressing large public health challenges as part of their core mission—either through innovative direct service provision or in partnership with researchers and government agencies. PHFE, based on the West Coast and IHI, based on the East Coast, both focus on working with partners to improve the health of communities through prevention, education, and research. Both agencies stepped up as early partners in helping to build the website, shape core messaging and reach out to providers. The website includes a letter from the Surgeon General, asking prescribers to ‘Join the Movement;’ an opportunity for providers to join and receive tools and resources; links to treatment guidelines, fact sheets and check lists to assist providers in deploying best practices around pain management, as well as other resources; and an opportunity to share stories from the front lines. In addition to the website, the Surgeon General will embark on a tour of hardest-hit regions of the country in the coming months to discuss the opioid crisis and share solutions. For more information, visit www.turnthetiderx.com.


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Posted by Andy Wu at 12:05 PM


Welcome Project Pregnancy!

April 27, 2016
  PHFE would like to welcome our new client partner, Project Pregnancy! A UCLA medical student founded organization, Project Pregnancy is committed to increasing the amount of health literate pregnancy information available to the public. Project pregnancy offers comprehensive resources for mothers-to-be via a free mobile application to be released in early Summer 2016.

The app contains trustworthy information, all adapted from the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines and has unique features such as symptom tracking, suggested questions for the doctor and foods/drugs to be avoided during pregnancy. The Project Pregnancy app is also unique in that it rewards users for engaging with the app with coupons for groceries, baby items and even home-goods.

We are excited to partner with Project Pregnancy and support them in their effort to be a free pregnancy health resource to the community!
Posted by Lily Paramaunt at 3:22 PM


 
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