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Protecting Public Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic: PHI Response & Resources

March 17, 2020

The Public Health Institute and its programs are continuing to review and share emerging science, best-practices and policy shifts that may affect how our communities, healthcare and public health systems, insurers and providers respond to and manage the COVID-19 pandemic.   more

Telehealth Coverage, Technologies, Vital in the Fight Against COVID-19

March 10, 2020 | Mei Wa Kwong

Telehealth & COVID-19: Virtual visits now covered by major insurers, Medicare coverage updates, moreAs more cases of COVID-19 emerge throughout the United States, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is encouraging communities, including first responders, healthcare providers and health systems to take advantage of the benefits offered by telehealth tools to direct patients to the right level of care.

In a series of recent newsletter pieces, PHI's Center for Connected Health Policy discusses new telehealth technologies, legislation and reimbursement policies that are making it easier.  more

A Storm is Brewing in Global Health: Are You Prepared?

January 29, 2020 | Jessica George

PHI’s Fellowship programming powerhouses: From left to right: Jessica George (STAR), Cristine Caraballo (PHI/CDC GH Fellowship Program), Sharon Rudy (Global Health Fellowship Program-II), and David Godsted (Global Health Technical Professionals)

Jessica George, a Project Specialist at PHI's Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR), reflects on how PHI has identified three main trends that are impacting the global health (GH) career climate: (1) increased growth of GH-focused academic programs; (2) an increase in United States (U.S.) domestic-based practicums; and (3) fewer overseas careers for Americans. The convergence of these trends has created “a perfect storm,” making it increasingly difficult for GH career seekers.  more

10 Years Rising: Creating an Army of Girls and Women Ready to Transform their Lives

January 29, 2020 | Tawina Jane Kopa-Kamanga

Rise Up is celebrating 10 years of rising up for global impact by sharing a series of stories of Rise Up leaders discussing their roles and personal journeys as advocates for the rights of girls, youth and women. In this story, Tawina Jane Kopa-Kamanga, Rise Up Leader since 2011 and Founder and Director of Teams Advancing Women in Agriculture (TAWINA) in Lumbadzi, Malawi, reflects on what has inspired her to become an agent of social change.


PHI's Impact in 2019

January 17, 2020

In 2019, PHI worked with communities around the world to address some of the most critical, emerging public health issues. We guided cannabis policies to help protect youth and health, helped SNAP-Ed eligible moms & families eat more healthily, expanded rights for women & girls in Mexico—and so much more. And as we enter 2020, PHI will continue to be dedicated to strengthening the power of community and protecting health and well-being for all. See highlights of what PHI and our programs accomplished this past year.


Top 10 Public Health and Social Justice Media Bites of 2019

December 20, 2019 | Heather Gehlert, Berkeley Media Studies Group

2019 has been an intense, difficult year in many ways, but these media bites, and the voices behind them, help us approach the new year with renewed passion and enthusiasm for the issues we hold dear. As is often the case, this year’s list covers a variety of topics; however, one theme that unifies the quotes is their ability to help move news coverage from stories about individuals to stories about communities.

See which quotes made this year’s list, from PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group.  more

Three Steps for Getting Started with Media Advocacy

December 16, 2019 | Ingrid Daffner Krasnow and Shaddai Martinez Cuestas, Berkeley Media Studies Group

PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group (BMSG) recently provided strategic consultation on messaging and media advocacy for grantees of The California Wellness Foundation, and common themes emerged among their questions. This blog, the first in the series, is designed to help answer some of the most common media advocacy questions that BMSG received from both seasoned and novice advocates.  more

Using Values and Framing to Create Messages that Motivate

December 16, 2019 | Ingrid Daffner Krasnow and Shaddai Martinez Cuestas, Berkeley Media Studies Group

Image: White board with list of brainstorming messaging values

Relying too heavily on data to make your case, inadvertently reinforcing opposition arguments, and simply getting tongue-tied are all common communication pitfalls. The good news is they can be avoided.

This blog, the second in the series from PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group, draws on their work with advocates and captures lessons that they can apply to any public health or social justice issue.  more

Delivering Effective Messages: Lessons for Advocates

December 16, 2019 | Ingrid Daffner Krasnow and Shaddai Martinez Cuestas, Berkeley Media Studies Group

One of the biggest communication challenges advocates face is delivering messages effectively under pressure. In this blog, the final in the series, PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group highlights common challenges and lessons from our spokesperson trainings and show how they can be applied, using a case example from one of our clients.  more

Ending TB by 2030

December 03, 2019 | Alison Mhazo, STAR

Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading infectious killer in the world and accounted for 1.5 million deaths last year, despite it being preventable and curable. In September 2018, heads of state and governments met in New York for the first-ever UN High-Level Meeting (UN HLM) on TB and committed to diagnose and treat 40 million cases and to initiate 30 million people on TB Preventive Therapy (TPT) by 2022. In policy terms, this landmark development was a “focusing event” – a critical moment that brought an unprecedented level of attention to a policy matter.  more

5 Tips from STAR's Inaugural Career Panel

November 01, 2019 | Tazeen Dhanani, Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR)

“The only way you’re going to make change happen is if you have the courage to stand up. You may find that people challenge you or disagree with you, but you have to have your conviction and stay your course," said PHI President and CEO Mary Pittman, in her advice at the inaugural STAR Intern career panel in September. Comprised of six distinguished panelists from USAID and global health implementing partners, the panel introduced participants to a variety of career pathways after concluding their STAR internships. Panelists candidly discussed their careers, including how they ended up in their current roles, detours and regrets, skills to develop, useful career advice they have received, and how to avoid making similar (perceived) mistakes. Following the career panel, Interns, panelists, and STAR staff had an opportunity to informally network with each other.  more

PHI/CDC Fellow Spotlight: Working at CDC Headquarters - The Dual Experience

October 17, 2019 | Joshua Holmes, MPH, PHI/CDC Global Health Surveillance Fellow; Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch.

"Overall, I am so thankful for this fellowship experience as it has allowed me to expand my knowledge on disease surveillance, gain a global perspective, and build relationships with people around the world," reflects Joshua Holmes, MPH, PHI/CDC Global Health Surveillance Fellow at the Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch in Atlanta, Georgia. Joshua is a current Fellow and the Recipient of the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship 2019 Outstanding Leadership Award.

Read more about Joshua's experience as a PHI/CDC Global Health Fellow and his work supporting HIV recency surveillance, also known as TRACE (Tracking with Recency Assays to Control the Epidemic) in Namibia.  more

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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