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GHYS 2018 Gives Students a 'Future' Glimpse into Global Health

July 12, 2018 | Stephanie Miceli, Global Health Fellows Program II

FACES students Lauren and Halimo (left) ask GHFP-II interns Jepkoech "JJ" Kotutt and Emma Artley about their day-to-day work.A Parliamentarian turned nonprofit executive. A pediatrician and youth advocate. A professor who’s on the ballot in November. These individuals might otherwise have little in common, but as a group of high school students learned this summer, they all found a path to working in global health.

For the third year in a row, PHI's Global Health Fellows Program II and FACES for the Future Coalition held their Global Health Youth Summit in Washington, DC, for high school students from underrepresented backgrounds to network with global health professionals, expand their knowledge of the field, and learn how their personal assets make them ideal for careers in global health.  more

Connecting RWJF’s Culture of Health Measures and the Network’s Principles for Building Healthy and Prosperous Communities

June 29, 2018 | Tamara Dubowitz, Carolyn Miller, Margaret Tait, Anita Chandra

There are clear overlaps between the Principles for Building Healthy and Prosperous Communities from PHI's Build Healthy Places Network and the Culture of Health Action Framework and Measures from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. First, improving communities and the lives of people living in them sits at the core of the Culture of Health vision. This cannot be done with silos between community leaders and the community members they serve. Rather, this mission must be completed with a focus on achieving equity and not simply closing gaps or disparities. Learn more about the convergence points between these principles and measures, and weigh in on whether they reflect what’s happening in your community.  more

Recipients of the 2018 FACES for the Future "I Am the Future" Scholarships

June 28, 2018

Each year, PHI's FACES for the Future shows their appreciation for a few of the Coalition’s supporters, champions, and partners by naming scholarships in their honor. This is also a way  to thank them for their commitment to FACES students and mission. This year, through an online crowdfunding campaign, FACES donations were able to support six $1,500 scholarships for FACES Health Scholars. Thank you to the generous donors who made these scholarships possible. Your kind contributions will help provide support and some relief for these FACES health scholars as they enter their first year of college in Fall of 2018.  more

Forum Highlights Need for Cross-sector Partnership in Brazil’s Fight against NCDs

June 28, 2018 | Denilson Oliveira

Leaders and authorities from the public, private and philanthropic sectors met for the second time on May 15, 2018 in Espaço França, São Paulo as part of the Intersectoral Forum to Fight NCDs in Brazil. Through sharing knowledge and pooling resources, they continued to work towards solving the issues of chronic noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in Brazil.  more

How California health departments are advancing health equity: Lessons learned on community, collaboration, and communication

June 21, 2018 | Katherine Schaff, Berkeley Media Studies Group

It wasn't that long ago when health departments began to ramp up their message that racial and health inequities exist and must be addressed. New case studies from PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group show how much progress health departments in California's Monterey, Napa and San Mateo counties have made toward addressing racial and health inequities through innovative solutions, community power-building, and effective communication.

One common theme that runs through each of the case studies: Strong communication starts with community collaboration and partnerships.  more

The California Healthy Places Index: Transforming Health Data into Policy and Practice

June 14, 2018 | Tracy Delaney, Public Health Alliance of Southern California

Until now, few resources have been available for health care professionals to evaluate local factors correlated to life expectancy and explore the community conditions where their patients live. On June 14, 2018, the Public Health Alliance of Southern California released its California Healthy Places Index (HPI). This powerful new resource can be used across California to explore community conditions that predict life expectancy, compare and rank scores at multiple geographies, and learn about concrete and actionable policy solutions. It was intentionally designed to inform and support prioritization of public and private investments, resource allocations, program planning and service delivery – and the Public Health Alliance purposefully structured the HPI to go beyond problem identification into solution discovery.  more

Youth Study Food Waste With PHI's Center for Wellness and Nutrition

June 05, 2018 | PHI's Center for Wellness and Nutrition

PHI's Center for Wellness and Nutrition is helping to support a Youth-Led Participatory Action Research (YPAR) project at Meadows Union K-8 School, located in Imperial County CA. The program targets middle school aged youth in the After-School setting. This year, the cohort of sixth through eighth graders who call themselves Helping Hands, Active Knights (HHAK) decided to examine how much fruits and vegetables students are throwing away from their school lunch by conducting a food waste study. Youth designed everything in the study from the flow of traffic, the roles for youth and adults, and an interview process for select students.  more

5 Ways Advocates Can Use Twitter to Elevate the Link Between Racism and Childhood Trauma

June 01, 2018 | Lauryn Claassen, Berkeley Media Studies Group

Report cover: Trauma, Resilience, and #BlackLivesMatter: How do Racism and Trauma Intersect in Social Media Conversations?

Because advocates are increasingly leveraging social channels like Twitter to influence policy decisions, researchers at PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group set out to see how the platform is being used to highlight the connection between two critical health and social justice issues: racism and trauma.

We know from research on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) that racism, childhood trauma, and toxic stress are closely linked and can have devastating implications for long-term health outcomes. But how effectively are childhood trauma advocates using social media to convey this message? Are they making the connections between trauma, toxic stress, and racism? Are they participating in the dialogue surrounding #BlackLivesMatter, which saw a meteoric rise on social media and arguably ignited the "movement moment?" And are childhood trauma and racial justice experts and thought-leaders listening to each other on Twitter to strengthen the movement and work toward solutions?  more

A Healthier California: ENACT Day 2018 and Beyond

May 25, 2018 | CA4Health

On April 18th, partners and allies from across California came together in Sacramento to network and learn about how to engage in advocacy in support of Food Equity, Criminal Justice Reform, Housing, Water and Beverage Equity and Health Equity Regardless of Immigration Status.   more

School-Based Health Centers as Leaders in the Environmental Management of Asthma

May 15, 2018 | Anne Kelsey Lamb, Regional Asthma Management & Prevention (RAMP)

School-based health care is a powerful tool for addressing asthma and reducing health disparities, and that school-based health centers (SBHCs) play a key role in this work. Throughout the country 2,315 SBHCs are serving an ethnically diverse population of more than 2 million children, primarily in low-income areas. Nearly 90 percent of these SBHCs offer chronic disease management, including asthma management, and research shows that SBHCs are already leaders in the clinical management of asthma. SBHC users are less likely to go to the emergency department (ED) or be hospitalized for asthma, have asthma-related restricted activity days, or miss school as a result of their asthma. RAMP is launching a new cohort of SBHCs in the Fall of 2018. We encourage all interested SBHCs to consider applying (Deadline: August 17, 2018).  more

What Does Culturally Sensitive Care Look Like? Ask a Teenager.

May 08, 2018 | Brooke Briggance, FACES for the Future Coalition

"Underrepresentation in medicine has consequences for our workforce and for our communities," writes Brooke Briggance, Deputy Director for PHI's FACES for the Future Coalition (FACES). FACES is working to address that challenge by exposing diverse high school students to healthcare role models who look like them, and partners with PHI's Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II on internship placement and career exploration in various healthcare settings, individualized tutoring, college preparation and psychosocial services.  more

Principles for Building Healthy and Prosperous Communities

May 01, 2018 | Colby Dailey and Douglas Jutte, Build Healthy Places Network

Partnership is hard. With different cultures, unique jargon, and varied priorities and objectives, forming working relationships across sectors to advance common goals takes time and commitment. PHI's Build Healthy Places Network started asking: Where is the starting point for collaboration? What is the pathway? Are there foundational values that help pave the way for effective solutions for building healthy and prosperous communities?  more

Better Together: Population, Family Planning and the Environment

April 26, 2018 | PHI's Global Health Fellows Program II

USAID’s country strategies increasingly call for integrated, cross-sectoral approaches, but it's more than a buzz term. For communities, these approaches are long overdue, and they make sense. Single-sector projects and interventions have been the norm in many development programs. However, they don’t always reflect the holistic way in which people lead their lives.  more

Supporting Healthy Stores & Shoppers with PHI's Center for Wellness and Nutrition

April 24, 2018

On April 11th, Amy DeLisio, Acting Director of Public Health Institute's Center for Wellness and Nutrition (CWN), testified in support of Assembly Bill 2335. The bill would create the Small Business Nutrition Incentive Program within the Nutrition Incentive Matching Grant Program for select pilot counties in California. In her testimony, Amy explains why increasing healthy food purchasing for low-income families and encouraging the participation of more local corner stores is a win-win.  more

75 for 75

April 24, 2018

This year, the UC Berkeley School of Public Health celebrates its 75th anniversary. As part of its celebration of this milestone anniversary, Berkeley is honoring 75 of its most influential public health alumni over its history, all of whom have made enormous contributions to public health. Seven of PHI’s current and former staff and board members were also among this group, including PHI’s CEO and President, Mary A. Pittman. We'd like to share some of their contributions with you, and thank UC Berkeley SPH for shepherding them through their doors and launching them on their path to making the world a better, healthier and more equitable place for all of us.  more

How Has News Coverage of Gun Violence Changed Since Columbine?

April 19, 2018 | Lauryn Claassen, Berkeley Media Studies Group

Headlines from Columbine to ParklandAs we near the 19th anniversary of the school shooting at Columbine High School, and as PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group (BMSG) prepares to publish new research on news coverage of gun violence, BMSG's Lauryn Claassen sat down with BMSG head of research, Pamela Mejia, to talk about her memories of Columbine, how media coverage of gun violence has changed over the past two decades, what details are often missing from coverage, and how both journalists and advocates can help the public better understand the root causes of and solutions to gun violence.   more

Healthiest Nation 2030: This is What it Looks Like

April 05, 2018

Public health’s future depends on diversity. In honor of National Public Health Week 2018, PHI's Global Health Fellows Program II highlights stories from five students working in the field.  more

Investing in Community through Rhode Island’s Health Equity Zones

March 28, 2018 | Build Healthy Places Network

Data show that adjacent neighborhoods in the same cities often have striking differences in health outcomes. We spend an enormous amount on health care as a society, yet 80 percent of our health is determined outside the doctor’s office and inside our homes, schools, jobs, and neighborhoods. But we know that strong communities create health, and we all have a role to play in building them.

That's why the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is investing in community through its Health Equity Zone (HEZ) initiative, an innovative, place-based approach that brings people in a defined geographic area together and invests in helping them strengthen the infrastructure their community needs to transform systems for healthier living. Each HEZ establishes or expands a collaborative infrastructure of diverse community partners, who conduct a needs assessment and collectively implement a data-driven plan of action.  more

Showcasing Student Voices: FACES for the Future Launches the 2018 #IAmTheFuture Campaign

March 28, 2018

Established in 2000, FACES for the Future has served over 1,800 students all over California and has recently expanded nationally, to Albuquerque, New Mexico and Denver, Colorado. We have some of the most diverse group of students, coming from different backgrounds and challenges. They are also some of the most resilient and passionate.

The “I Am the Future” Campaign was started in 2017 to showcase the many faces and voices of the FACES for the Future students. We want to give them a chance to show the world their stories, their motivations and why they are the future faces in health care. We spent several months traveling to all of our programs to capture the students, prompting them with basic questions about their career aspirations in health. The rest is all them!  more

The Forgotten Victims of Officer-Involved Shootings

March 26, 2018 | Pamela Mejia, Berkeley Media Studies Group

Nearly 250 people have been killed by police in 2018, but many people probably would not know how high the numbers are because—although other forms of gun violence dominate the news—when a police officer shoots someone, news outlets sometimes don't report the story.

Accurate and complete news coverage is important because we can't mourn victims unless we know about their deaths, and we can't fix a problem we aren't told about. To support communities as they grapple with the death of yet another young man of color shot by the police, PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group (BMSG) set out to understand more about how the news commemorates or ignores those who have been killed. See their findings.  more

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