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War Metaphors and ‘Strong’ Survivors: Do the words we use to discuss breast cancer help or hurt patients?

October 15, 2019 | Heather Gehlert

Many news stories and casual conversations alike include words like “warrior,” “battle,” and other militaristic terms to describe efforts to end breast cancer. But how do the people whose lives are at stake feel about these words? Do they confer a sense of strength and empowerment? Or do they do more harm than good? That’s a question that a fellow journalist and woman with breast cancer recently posed in one of my online support groups, and it’s one that I’ve been asking myself a lot lately, now that I’ve been diagnosed with an aggressive form of the disease.  more

10 Years Rising: "Girls can do anything, girls can become anything."

October 03, 2019

This year PHI's Rise Up is celebrating 10 years of global impact—10 years of listening to, believing in, and investing in girls and women around the world.

Watch our new video highlighting Rise Up Leaders Memory Banda and Faith Phiri and the impact of their work to ensure a better future for girls and women in Malawi by ending child marriage and other harmful traditional practices.  more

Giving Effective Public Testimony to Support Health Equity: 9 Tips for Advocates

September 25, 2019 | Katherine Schaff, Berkeley Media Studies Group

Providing public testimony is a powerful way to deliver compelling messages that reach decision-makers in order to help shape the public narrative and advance policy change on a particular public health or social justice issue. In a new blog, Katherine Schaff, health equity coordinator with PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group, offers nine tips for advocates based on her recent experience providing public comment in San Francisco as a private citizen.   more

Recapping the Global Health Matters Seminar

September 23, 2019

Global Health Matters Seminar - logoOn September 3rd, CDC Center for Global Health hosted the Global Health Matters Seminar, which featured Dr. Mary Pittman, CEO & President of Public Health Institute, and Dr. Keith Martin, founding Executive Director of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health. Approximately 150 people from CDC offices around the world tuned in virtually, along with in person attendees, which included several CDC staff and our new cohort of incoming fellows. Fellows had the opportunity to speak with both Dr. Pittman and Dr. Martin before the seminar, which was held at CDC Headquarters in Atlanta.   more

Introducing the Collective Impact Partnership Leaders

August 08, 2019

Rise Up and the Public Health Institute, in partnership with the Global Fund for Women, How Women Lead and World Pulse, are leading a three-year project, “Collective Impact Partners: Women’s and Girl’s Economic Empowerment Advocacy in India” to increase the economic power of girls and women in India, where currently only 29% of women formally participate in the workplace. Meet these new leaders, who are expanding their skills and approaches to effectively advocate for women’s economic justice issues through CIP's trainings and ongoing coaching.  more

Rising Up for Youth

July 31, 2019

PHI's Rise Up brought together 22 young leaders from Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, Rwanda, Mississippi, and Louisiana to the San Francisco Bay Area to strengthen their leadership, build capacity, and launch game-changing initiatives to advance sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice (SRHRJ) for young people in their communities. Read the reflections of the latest Youth Champions, who graduated from an intensive week-long Incubator, equipped with a new network, tools, and resources to design their own SRHRJ solutions for the next generation.  more

Junk food marketing: New resources show how the industry targets communities of color

July 25, 2019 | Daphne Marvel, Berkeley Media Studies Group

A new series of briefs from PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group (BMSG) explores how the food and beverage industry strategically sets prices, leverages cutting-edge technology, and exploits cultural sensibilities to build brand loyalty and sell unhealthy products to low-income communities and communities of color.

“Targeted marketing is a health equity issue—one that needs a public health response,” BMSG Director Lori Dorfman said. “Soda and fast-food companies have been following the tobacco industry’s lead and using many of the same marketing practices with the explicit goal of increasing junk food consumption among African Americans and Latinxs.”  more

Continuing the Conversation: Promoting Inclusive Social Dynamics in Mixed-Income Communities

July 15, 2019 | The Mixed-Income Strategic Alliance

Network Commons, hosted by PHI's Build Healthy Places Network, features discussions concerning what works to uplift community development with a public health focus. In June 2019, BHPN teamed up with the Center for the Study of Social Policy's Mixed Income Strategic Alliance to discuss how mixed-income communities can promote health for all their residents. This blog written by the Mixed Income Strategic Alliance, shares their reflections and learning points from the June Network Commons webinar.
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Summer with PHI's FACES for the Future Coalition

July 11, 2019

The FACES for the Future Coalition delivers the highly successful FACES program model to communities seeking to prepare high school students for entry into the health professions by developing their own pipeline programs. FACES incorporates best practices in adolescent medicine, innovative pedagogy,and community engagement. Taken together, the model addresses the diverse needs of young people interested in healthcare careers, and prepares students to meet the challenges of impending health workforce shortages and worsening health disparities.

In this blog, the FACES team shares what they're working on this summer, highlighting the FACES Arroyo Summer Credit Recovery Program and the Albuquerque Public Health Youth Corps. They also welcome back alumni who have returned as Student Advisors at the FACES Summer Medical Academy.   more

Alcohol Causes Significant Harm to Those Other Than the Drinker: Going In Depth

July 09, 2019 | Katherine Karriker-Jaffe and Madhabika B. Nayak

PHI's Alcohol Research Group has released a new study that shows 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience harm because of someone else's drinking. Two of the study's co-authors, Katherine Karriker-Jaffe and Madhabika B. Nayak, reflect on the study and provide suggestions for how to reduce alcohol's secondhand effects.    more

Malawi Leaders Reflect on Women Deliver 2019

July 02, 2019 | Patricia Chimzinga Nyirenda and Zione Matale

In June, PHI's Rise Up sent a delegation of leaders from across the globe to Women Deliver 2019 in Vancouver, Canada to share their work on a global platform.

In this blog, two of Rise Up’s Malawi leaders share their reflections on how the conference impacted them and inspired their work in new ways.  more

Reflections from PHI's 2019 National Opioid Leadership Summit

June 28, 2019 | Mary Pittman, PHI President and CEO

Notes: Welcome to the 2019 National Opioid Leadership SummitPHI's 2019 National Opioid Leadership Summit—held this month in Sacramento—was an incredible success. Thank you to all who attended and participated! Practitioners, advocates and researchers in public health, health care and criminal justice came together to share informed, heartfelt and urgent contributions to addressing this critical health crisis.

Read reflections from the day by Mary Pittman, PHI President and CEO.   more

Broader Horizons: Fighting Against Gender Discrimination in Nigeria

June 27, 2019 | Oyeyemi Pitan

PHI's Rise Up continues its series of profiles for Gender Equity Initiative Fellows. In this piece, Oyeyemi Pitan shares how the knowledge she gained through Rise Up’s Leadership and Advocacy Accelerator has enabled her and her organization to better advocate for the protection of girls’ and women’s rights in Nigeria.   more

The Start of a New Chapter: Protecting Survivors of Domestic Violence in Nigeria

June 12, 2019 | Nsini Udonta

Nsini Udonta shares her story of how PHI's Rise Up helped her develop new skills and build her confidence as a leader with their Leadership and Advocacy Accelerator.   more

Data That Speaks Across Sectors

June 06, 2019 | Douglas Jutte, Alison Moore and Renee Roy Elias

Public health, community development and other fields are increasing their collaboration to address the social determinants of health (SDoH)—factors like affordable housing, stable employment, consistent transportation, healthy food access and quality schools. But how is each sector defining SDoH, and how are they measuring them? When it comes to talking about SDoH, are we even speaking the same language?  more

How Can We Connect Racial and Health Equity with Housing in News Coverage?

May 29, 2019 | Katherine Schaff

The latest news analysis from PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group offers insights into how Bay Area housing justice and public health organizations are leveraging the media to support their policy agendas and elevate the connection to health. Based on those insights, here are seven recommendations for practitioners and advocates working to make safe, affordable homes a reality in their communities.  more

“Equity can happen anywhere:” California’s SGC Adopts Racial Equity Action Plan

May 02, 2019

SGC Deputy Director Jessica Buendia, presenting the REAP to SGC.On April 30, 2019, California’s Strategic Growth Council (SGC) adopted an historic Racial Equity Action Plan with a unanimous vote, endorsement that is multisectoral and at the highest levels of California state government.   more

ENACT Day Caps 15th Year with Broadened Focus on California Policy

May 01, 2019

California ENACT Day celebrated its 15th year of gathering youth and community advocates of all ages in the state's capitol to meet with legislators about the policies and health equity issues that are important to them and their communities. Advocates received education on key health equity topics and how to conduct visits with their legislators. They then headed to the capitol to talk directly with their representatives, including critical party and committee leadership.   more

Rise Up: Supporting Changemakers in Our Own Backyard

April 30, 2019 | Denise Raquel Dunning, Rise Up

PHI's Rise Up recently launched their first ever California Initiative to improve the lives of girls and women in the Central Valley and Bay Area. Rise Up is investing in 20 California leaders who are tackling some of our state’s and our country’s toughest problems—advocating for incarcerated women and their families in Sacramento, standing up against human trafficking in Frenso, ensuring justice for trans women in Salinas and Oakland, fighting for girls’ education and empowerment in Modesto, and enabling homeless youth to get the support they need in San Francisco.  more

Rise Up Fellow Spotlights: Meet Nasreen Ansari from India

April 25, 2019

Meet Nasreen Ansari, a new fellow from PHI's Rise Up Fellowship cohort in Maharashtra, India. Nasreen recently received the prestigious C. Subramaniam Community Leadership Award for her work to improve education, public health, and sanitation for residents of informal settlements (also known as “slums”) in Nagpur city. As a Rise Up Fellow and graduate of our Advocacy and Leadership Accelerator, Nasreen is accessing new resources and opportunities to help push her work for girls’ education in her community—and across her state—to the next level.

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