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This Summer Recess, Make Your Issues Local: Take Action With PHI's CA4Health

July 20, 2017

Meeting with representatives is an important advocacy strategy, but we don’t always have the time and resources to visit them in Sacramento or Washington D.C. Summer Recess is a key opportunity to schedule meetings with our representatives at their District Offices and form relationships with them and their local staff. PHI's CA4Health is committed to supporting you and your community partners in holding meetings with your representatives to share your stories, solicit support for your priority issues, and build capacity for new advocates. 

This summer, California State representatives will adjourn July 21st, heading back to their home districts and returning to Sacramento on August 21st. Federal representatives will adjourn July 31st, returning to Washington D.C. on September 5th.

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Empowering Youth and Developing Leaders at the 2017 Global Health Youth Summit

July 19, 2017

For the second year in a row, two Public Health Institute projects, GHFP-II and FACES for the Future Coalition, convened the Global Health Youth Summit (GHYS), a five-day program designed to expose traditionally underrepresented high school students to careers in global health. With USAID's support, GHFP-II and its partners FACES, GlobeMed, and Global Health Corps, invest in the future of global health by developing a pipeline of competent leaders at the high school, undergraduate, and early career levels (respectively). 

This year, GHFP-II expanded GHYS from 12 to 20 California high school participants for the opportunity to explore individual strengths and global health career options. With gratitude and an open mind, GHYS participants navigated a week full of new sights, perspectives, and awareness of their role in the future of global health.  more

CA4Health's People.Power.Change! in Action

July 13, 2017

This spring, PHI's CA4Health hosted People.Power.Change!, a unique learning series designed to build leadership, increase capacity, and provide opportunities to raise our collective voices on issues related to food justice and poverty reduction that impact California communities. Participants join neighbors and allies from across the state to collectively sharpen advocacy skills and implement strategies to advance prevention and equity. See highlights from the series.  more

Health: What’s the Fed Got to Do With It?

June 28, 2017 | Daniel Lau, Build Healthy Places Network

PHI's Build Healthy Places Network is launching a new centralized source that catalogues the Healthy Community Initiative conferences sponsored by the regional Federal Reserve Banks that have taken place around the country.  more

How USAID is Helping Mothers in Tanzania Overcome Stigma, Violence, and HIV

June 21, 2017 | Global Health Fellows Program II

USAID funded Key Populations (KP) and Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) partners working together to address children of Femal Sex Workers (FSWs). Photo courtesy of Allison Ficht, GHFP-II Intern placed at USAID.GHFP-II Interns are exposed to diverse working experiences during their placements at USAID's Bureau for Global Health based in Washington, DC. Many Interns participate in Temporary Duty (TDY) hosted overseas with a USAID implementing partner and/or Mission. In this blog, Allison Ficht, Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission and Pediatric HIV Intern, gives a first-hand account of her TDY in Tanzania working with the Sauti Project, a key populations (KP) project in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.   more

9 Tips for Crafting Effective Media Bites

June 01, 2017 | Daphne Marvel, Berkeley Media Studies Group

We've all read or heard strong media bites that grab our attention and either solidify or make us rethink our views on an issue. Beyond being memorable, these quotes can help advocates convey core messages on public health and social justice issues in a way that resonates with the public and prompts action.

What makes for a strong media bite? And how can you increase your odds of getting quoted in the news? In this latest blog, learn how to craft a compelling media bite with tips and examples from PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group.  more

Perspectives on Poverty Reduction and Economic Justice

May 19, 2017

PHI's CA4Health is hosting People.Power.Change!, a unique learning series designed to build leadership, increase capacity, and provide opportunities to raise our collective voices on issues related to food justice and poverty reduction that impact California communities. Participants join neighbors and allies from across the state to collectively sharpen advocacy skills and implement strategies to advance prevention and equity. 

People.Power.Change! has already brought together regional cohorts of leaders invested in addressing challenges faced by their communities across a range of issues including Food Justice and Poverty Reduction. As we move to our statewide forums, we wanted to hear from some leaders in the area of Economic Justice to provide their thoughts and perspectives about reducing poverty, social movements, health, and the year ahead. Read the highlights.  more

PHI’s New Global Health Leaders Corporate Health Fellowship Website Wins Two Awards

May 15, 2017 | Esther Tahrir and Olivia LaFond, Global Health Leaders

The new, interactive Global Health Leaders (GHL) website has won two prestigious awards: the Horizon Interactive Award for Advocacy/Non-Profit websites and an "Award of Excellence" from the 2017 Communicator Awards. 

GHL is a new public-private initiative of the Public Health Institute that recruits, trains, and oversees local public health professionals as fellows to support on-the-ground efforts of corporate philanthropic units in under-resourced communities in the United States and globally.

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GOJoven and Global Health Leaders Selected as Runners-Up in YTHLive Design Challenge

May 12, 2017 | Susanna Moore, GOJoven and Olivia LaFond, Global Health Leaders

At this year's YTHLive conference, Susanna Moore, Project Manager for PHI's GOJoven International, and Olivia LaFond, Administrative Coordinator for PHI's Global Health Leaders, teamed up with representatives from Healthy Teen Network for the Design Challenge to create a menu of youth-led social media campaigns aimed at sparking conversation among and collecting feedback from peer groups about birth control. Targeting adolescents with diverse interests and values that use social media platforms in communities around the world, their solution makes conversations about birth control fun and accessible.

Susanna, Olivia, and their teammates presented their solution to the YTHLive attendees during the Closing Plenary and were selected as the runner-up in the Design Challenge.  more

Celebrating the Global Health Corporate Champions

May 08, 2017 | David Godsted, Global Health Fellows Program II

In a time of unprecedented global challenges, private sector engagement has never played a more central role in international development. The Global Health Corporate Champions is an activity of USAID’s Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II, implemented by the Public Health Institute and supported by PYXERA Global. GHFP-II supports the Agency’s thought leadership in building a diverse, technically excellent, culturally competent group of American global health leaders.

The Global Health Corporate Champions is a multi-company cohort of business professionals from across multiple industries providing pro bono consulting services in Accra, Ghana. Drawing from their collective expertise in management, communications, product sustainability, operations, and finance, the team spent a month embedded in four social sector health organizations focused on projects designed to increase access to quality healthcare for communities throughout the region.  more

Connecting Financial Well-being and Health in Practice

May 08, 2017 | Build Healthy Places Network

New on the blog from PHI's Build Healthy Places Network: Economic security is entwined with the long-term health of families. Learn how innovative programs around the country are working to overcome entrenched health and financial challenges, in this guest post from Parker Cohen and Ariel Sankar-Bergmann of CFED.  more

PHI's Alcohol Research Group Advances Innovative Approaches to Assess Disparities

May 05, 2017

Congratulations to ARG associate scientist Priscilla Martinez who received an NIH K01 Career Development Award to study the relationship between alcohol use, inflammation, and health outcomes, specifically hypertension, diabetes, and depression, in the context of racial/ethnic disparities. The prestigious K01 award provides early-stage investigators with mentored support to help recipients develop independent research careers. Martinez is the first ARG researcher to receive such an award.  more

New GOJoven Network Launched to Redouble Efforts to Promote Comprehensive Youth Development in the Americas

April 28, 2017 | Susanna Moore & Esther Tahrir, GOJoven International

Leaders from the GOJoven Guatemala, GOJoven Mexico, GOBelize and GOJoven Honduras Associations convened in Belize City on April 8th and 9th, 2017, to dialogue and build consensus around the creation of a new, formalized GOJoven Network. The Network is made up of the four GOJoven Associations, which committed to sustaining it through the active participation of their members, employees and volunteers. Together they are dedicated to redoubling their efforts to promote comprehensive youth development in the Americas, with an emphasis on sexual and reproductive health and rights and human rights.  more

A Different Type of Innovation in Boston: Housing Stability for Children’s Health

April 21, 2017 | Build Healthy Places Network

New on the blog from our Build Healthy Places Network: Learn how an innovate new initiative is bringing together housing and health care organizations in Greater Boston to implement programs that stabilize children in their housing.  more

How to (Really) Prepare for a Successful Global Health Career

April 20, 2017 | Juan Garcia, Global Health Fellows Program II

A successful, long-term global health career involves a workforce that can balance motivation, lifestyle demands, and ever-evolving skill requirements. This means that special care must be given to ensuring those at the earliest stages of their career are as prepared as possible to meet these demands. A new survey from PHI's Global Health Fellows Program II and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health explores the global health workforce transition from graduate education to initial employment.  more

Public Health Institute: A Fertile Ground of Ideas, Resources, and Support to Fellows

April 04, 2017 | Mark Barone, PhD, Medtronic Foundation Associate in PHI’s Global Health Leaders Fellowship

PHI's Global Health Leaders has placed a Dr. Mark Barone, PhD, a Medtronic Foundation Associate, in Sao Paulo to work toward stemming the growing tide of chronic disease. Mark provides on-the-ground technical insight, alignment, and representation for Medtronic Foundation’s portfolio of work in Brazil addressing chronic and acute non-communicable diseases, and contributes strategic guidance including developing guidelines to be used in assessing applicants to philanthropic grants in-country. In this post, Mark reflects on his recent trips to PHI's central offices in Oakland California, where he met with PHI staff and other health experts.  more

Twitter Chat Round-Up: Preventing the Preventable, Treating the Treatable: Non-Communicable Diseases

March 30, 2017

What do cervical cancer, Type 2 diabetes, and hypertension have in common? They are three diseases that are largely preventable, easily diagnosed, and highly treatable when caught early.

Learn more with these highlights from a recent PYXERA Twitter chat, featuring GSK, PSI, the Public Health Institute, and IntraHealth International.  more

PHI's Alcohol Research Group Uncovers Disparities Across the Lifecourse

March 24, 2017 | Alcohol Research Group

A recent study from PHI's Alcohol Research Group's Nina Mulia and colleagues assessed long-term heavy drinking patterns of racial/ethnic groups and found some surprising results. Consistent with other studies, their research showed a significant decline in White men and women’s heavy drinking in their 20’s while Black men and women’s drinking increased during the same period. The study team defined heavy drinking as having six or more drinks on one occasion.

What the research team did not expect to find was a crossover in the frequency of heavy drinking between Latino and White men, and Black and White women who ever drank heavily. Both Latino men and Black women drink less in their early twenties than their White counterparts, but that pattern changes when they reach their late twenties.  more

Faces for the Future Launches "I Am the Future"

March 15, 2017

This week PHI's FACES for the Future launched “I Am the Future,” an on-going online campaign that showcases the many faces and voices of FACES students: their stories, their motivations and why they are the future faces in health care.  more

GOJoven Women Leaders: Bold for Change in 2017

March 08, 2017

GOJoven International, based at the Public Health Institute in the U.S., trained over 200 young people as leaders in adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) between 2004 and 2012. Since then, the GOJoven alumni fellows and their allies in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico have trained an additional 174 young leaders by adapting and using the GOJoven Model.

With this approach, these young leaders are using their newly formed independent, youth-led organizations—GOBelize, GOJoven Guatemala, GOJoven Honduras, and GOJoven Mexico—to multiply the number of SRHR champions who are working together to advance and uphold the rights of those most in need.

Who are these young leaders and how do they plan to step up their commitments to young women and adolescent girls in 2017?  more

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