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Feb 12, 2014

Health Impact Project Announces 2014 Call for Proposals

The Health Impact Project is issuing its fourth call for proposals to support two types of initiatives: health impact assessment, or HIA, demonstration projects that inform a specific decision; and HIA program grants that enable organizations with experience with HIAs to develop sustainable HIA programs that integrate the assessments and related approaches in policymaking at the local, state, or tribal levels.

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Health Impact Assessment
Dec 17, 2013

Report Finds That School Kitchens Need Significant Upgrades

Only 1 in 10 school districts nationwide (12 percent) has all the kitchen equipment needed to serve healthy foods, according to a new report issued by the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project. The report makes recommendations for how schools, policymakers, industry, and philanthropic partners can work together to make these investments and provide healthy, appealing foods more efficiently. It is the first national assessment of districts’ kitchen equipment and infrastructure needs.

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Dec 17, 2013

Pew Report Highlights Hidden Costs of Industrialized Poultry Production

Industrialized poultry production in the United States delivers considerable efficiencies, but the same system carries significant, hidden costs for the environment, for many communities where chickens are raised for industrial production, and sometimes for the chicken growers themselves, according to a report released today by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
Dec 11, 2013

HIA Funding Opportunity Coming in February 2014

The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, is planning to launch a call for proposals for funding in February 2014. Grants will support health impact assessment, or HIA, demonstration projects as well as development of HIA programs to integrate health in decision-making.

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Health Impact Assessment
Nov 18, 2013

Pew Hails Passage of Drug Quality and Security Act, a Step Forward for Drug and Patient Safety

In response to final Senate passage of the Drug Quality and Security Act—legislation that establishes a national standard for tracing pharmaceuticals through the drug supply system and clarifies federal authority over pharmaceutical compounding—Allan Coukell, senior director of drugs and medical devices at The Pew Charitable Trusts, issued the following statement.

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Drug Safety
Sep 30, 2013

Most Schools Expected to Meet Healthier Lunch Standards

Ninety-four percent of U.S. school districts expected to meet updated federal nutrition standards for lunches by the end of the 2012-13 academic year, according to a national survey commissioned by the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project.

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School Food
Sep 20, 2013

Pew Commends FDA for Releasing Final Medical Device Identifier Rules, Outlines Next Steps

The Pew Charitable Trusts today commended the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for issuing final regulations establishing a unique device identifier (UDI) system to mark medical devices or their labels with a code corresponding to the products’ make, model and other clinically relevant information.

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Drugs and Devices at the FDA
Sep 18, 2013

Health Impact Assessment Grants Awarded to Make Health a Routine Part of Decision-Making

The Health Impact Project announced seven grants to help bring health considerations into public policy decisions on transportation, education, housing, and other sectors of the economy and U.S. society.

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Health Impact Assessment
Jul 26, 2013

Pew Commends FDA for Releasing Draft Rules to Make Imported Foods Safer

The Pew Charitable Trusts commended the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, today for issuing two draft rules needed to implement the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. The first rule would require importers to ensure that food coming into the United States meets FDA safety standards. The second rule would establish standards to oversee third-party auditors that, in some cases, may be engaged to help ensure that food imports are safe.

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Food Safety
Jun 28, 2013

Pew Commends Sen. Mikulski on Food Safety Funding, Grants for School Kitchen Improvements

The Pew Charitable Trusts applauds Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) for her efforts to strengthen food safety protections under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, and provide grant funding to help school cafeterias across the nation upgrade their equipment to serve healthy, appealing meals to millions of school children. Funding for both programs was included in a larger bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday.

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School Food