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Demolishing the White Savior Complex as a Student of Color

April 03, 2019 | Global Health Fellows Program II

During GlobeMed Week at Howard University, a panel of past and future GROW (Grassroots On-site Work) participants reflected on their internship in Malawi last summer, their hopes for this summer's cohort of interns - and what it means to be a student of color working abroad.

Students also discussed their goals for their assignment at Nancholi Youth Organization (NAYO), GlobeMed at Howard's grassroots partner since 2017. The chapter sent its first set of GROW interns to Malawi that same year, who partnered with NAYO to design comprehensive health, education and life skills services for teens living with HIV.  more

Meet the IMPT Secretariat Staff: Bethany Young Holt, IMPT Director

March 27, 2019

The Initiative for MPTs (IMPT) is dedicated to advancing the comprehensive sexual and reproductive health of women and girls worldwide. The Secretariat staff, who manage this global learning network, comprise a group of women who have worked a combined eight decades in the women’s health and sexual and reproductive health fields. From working with underserved women in Mauritania and the Ivory Coast as Peace Corps volunteers, to HIV testing and counseling in Baltimore, to community organizing in San Francisco and Sacramento, to conducting ethnographic research in Newfoundland, to coordinating HIV prevention clinical trials in Cape Town, our team’s diverse experiences and skills have contributed to the strategic advancement of the MPT field.

In our new blog series entitled ‘Meet the Secretariat Staff’, we dive deeper into our unique stories and united passion to improve the health of women worldwide. This inaugural post features IMPT Director Bethany Young Holt.  more

Can the Healthcare Industry Make Communities Healthy?

March 18, 2019 | Dr. Douglas P. Jutte & Carol Naughton

Groundbreaking of the West Lakes Early Learning Center in Orlando, Fla.Across the country, insurance companies and healthcare providers are helping to lead the way in addressing the social determinants of health—to really transform the communities that need it the most—by making investments in housing affordable for people of different means, high-quality early childhood education and schools from the earliest age, and community resources that support health and wellbeing.

Learn more about this growing movement in a new Medium piece from Dr. Douglas Jutte, of PHI's Build Healthy Places Network, and Carol Naughton of Purpose Build Communities.   more

Getting Your Op-Ed Published: Lessons From A Media Advocate

March 13, 2019 | Daphne Marvel, Berkeley Media Studies Group

Have you ever picked up a newspaper and flipped through the opinion pages, or clicked on the opinion section of your favorite news outlet’s website, and wondered how a non-journalist came to have their story published? Op-eds provide a platform for members of the public to make their voices heard. Whether you’re an advocate who wants to expand the dialogue on an issue, or an academic who sees a gap in the current conversation around your area of expertise, op-eds provide an opportunity to have your ideas and perspective amplified.

While getting an op-ed placed is no small feat, once you know what goes into writing and submitting one of these pieces, having your own published is within reach. Read tips from PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group.  more

Girl Leaders Gather in Guatemala to Raise Their Voices for Change

March 07, 2019

The girl leaders, adult allies, trainers, and Rise Up staff who participated in our Girls’ Voices Initiative training in Guatemala in JanuaryIn January, PHI's Rise Up facilitated a training for adolescent girls in Panajachel, Sololá, Guatemala, through our Girls’ Voices Initiative. Twenty-two girls, ages eleven to eighteen, along with ten adult allies participated in a five day workshop, which focused on leadership development, advocacy, community organization, communication, and networking.

Roxana, a 14-year-old participant, along with Emerita Valdez, Rise Up’s Country Representative for Honduras, attended the training from neighboring Honduras. They shared their reflections on the inspiring convening, where adolescent girls came together to amplify their voices and lead change in their communities. Read on for their reflections and photos.  more

How News Coverage Perpetuates Harmful Language About Immigration

February 28, 2019 | Sarah Han, Berkeley Media Studies Group

Image: Wall with graffiti reading "No one is illegal."

Federal policies are threatening immigrants’ dignity, security, and health, but is that the dominant narrative we see and hear in the news?

Despite some progress in removing stigmatizing language from coverage of immigration, the i-word still appears in a significant amount of coverage, found new research from PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group.  more

Talking Teen Dating Violence (TDV) in Tegucigalpa

February 19, 2019 | Emma Schlamm and Jaclyn Shea

In mid-October, the ZonaSegura team traveled to Tegucigalpa to learn from young people in Honduras about what it really means to be a young person in Honduras today and what the implications of Teen Dating Violence are in their daily lives and communities. The YTH team facilitated three Youth-Centered Health Design (YCHD) workshops with young women and girls and young men and boys to engage them in the discussion and design, alongside partners, PHI and GoJoven Honduras.  more

Where Are They Now: The Story of Two Rise Up Leaders Advancing Girls’ Rights in Liberia

February 06, 2019

“My belief is that when there are more women in leadership positions, we will have less of these social, cultural, and health issues that adolescent girls face...We won’t have to deal with leaders who don’t understand or prioritize women’s and children’s issues because women will be the new decision makers.” - Aisha Cooper Bruce

PHI Rise Up Leaders Rosana Schaack and Aisha Cooper Bruce met in 2010 through the Let Girls Lead program. Together, with Rise Up's support and a coalition of girl leaders, they successfully advocated for the passage of the Children's Act in Liberia, achieving monumental, large-scale change for girls throughout their country.

Almost a decade later, these visionary Rise Up leaders continue to fight for greater equity and opportunity for girls and women in Liberia. This is their story.  more

ARG Sits Down With Robin Room: A Personal Reflection of ARG's Past Sixty Years And Its Contribution to Alcohol Research

February 04, 2019

This year, PHI's Alcohol Research Group is celebrating its 60th anniversary. As part of the year-long celebration, ARG sat down with Robin Room to talk about ARG’s history and his role in shaping its development. Dr. Room began his career in 1963, first as a field worker on one of ARG’s initial alcohol surveys before becoming the scientific director in 1977 through to 1993. Since his tenure at ARG, Dr. Room has lead centers in Canada, Sweden and most recently, Australia where he directed and inaugurated the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR) at the University of Melbourne and later, at La Trobe.


PHI's Impact in 2018

January 16, 2019

Over the past year, PHI worked with communities across the U.S. and around the world to address some of the most critical emerging threats to public health. To produce cutting-edge research, to harness the power of data and technology, to improve health equity, to show what works, to build capacity among those working on the frontlines of our most pressing health issues—and much more.

Here are highlights of our programs' impact in 2018.  more

How to Make the Roots of Inequality More Visible in the News

January 16, 2019 | Lauryn Claassen, Berkeley Media Studies Group

What are the benefits and challenges of community reporting? Why do newsrooms need to prioritize staff diversity, and how advocates can build stronger relationships with reporters?

In this interview, Lauryn Claassen of PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group talks with with Venise Wagner, a longtime reporter, associate professor of Journalism at San Francisco State University, and co-editor, with fellow journalist Sally Lehrman, of “Reporting Inequality: Tools and Methods for Covering Race and Ethnicity.” Forthcoming in February, the book offers strategies for journalists to go beyond conventional reporting techniques and more effectively cover the structural inequities that fuel racial and health disparities.   more

It's One of the Busiest Hiring Seasons. Here's How Global Health Job Applicants Can Stand Out

January 09, 2019

The winter months are some of the busiest hiring months of the year, and with more applicants out there, there’s even less time being spent reviewing resumes in the already highly competitive field of global health. You need to catch the reader’s attention within (gasp) six seconds. 

Here are four tips to help you do just that, from PHI's STAR program—and hopefully help you land your dream global health job in 2019.  more

2018 In Review: State & Federal Telehealth Policy Legislation Roundup

December 18, 2018

It was an active year for state telehealth legislation in 2018. Among 39 states and DC, 65 legislative bills passed in the 2018 legislative session, up slightly from 62 bills in 2017. Additionally, 49 telehealth-related regulations were finalized in 38 states.

The enacted legislation this year focused mainly on broadening Medicaid policy, establishing regulatory requirements and enacting interstate licensure compacts. In general there has been a slowing of enacted legislation addressing private payer reimbursement of telehealth. Adopted regulation focused on telehealth practice standards by professional boards.

Learn more with highlights from PHI's Center for Connected Health Policy.  more

Top 10 public health and social justice media bites of 2018

December 14, 2018 | Heather Gehlert, Berkeley Media Studies Group

Reading too much news can fuel stress, anxiety, and depression. PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group says if you know what to look for and where to look, though, the news can be more than just a source of frustration; it can also be one of inspiration, comfort, and courage. 

Each year BMSG collects and shares memorable media bites that help us to better imagine the type of world we want to live in, set goals for getting there, and motivate us to act. Here are their favorites from 2018.  more

How to Succeed in your Post-MPH Career Search: A Recent Graduate’s Perspective

November 28, 2018 | Vanessa Da Costa

Looking for a position during or after completing your MPH degree can be nerve-wracking and overwhelming, especially while simultaneously trying to write a thesis, attend classes, complete homework assignments, work, volunteer, and take care of personal responsibilities- among many other commitments. However, there are ways to alleviate the stress and enjoy the process of securing a position. Vanessa Da Costa, a PHI/CDC Global Health Fellow and recent MPH graduate shared some suggestions to enhance your career search process.   more

Climate Changes Health: Make a Difference on Giving Tuesday

November 27, 2018 | Matthew Marsom

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day that is centered around giving back to our communities. Nothing will make more of a difference to every single person, across the planet, than helping to stop the urgent crisis of climate change.

Last week the federal government released a devastating report on the coming impacts of climate change. It is predicted to degrade the quality and quantity of crop production; disrupt availability of fresh water; and cause changes in air quality, disease spread and migration. Meanwhile our federal government is rolling back the policies that are supposed to help.

Our colleague Dr. Linda Rudolph is doing everything in her power to make a difference.  more

Getting Real About Health Equity at APHA

November 15, 2018

This year’s APHA Annual Meeting was inspiring, informative, and filled with many big wins for health equity. PHI was well represented in San Diego this week with 30+ presentations, events, and posters from our many programs. We were inspired to see honest conversations about health equity, power, and the institutional neglect that impacts the health of so many around the world, and are committed to continuing to contribute to building a healthier future for all. Read more about our favorite highlights from the event.   more

Alameda County Care Alliance Honors Caregivers at the 4th Annual Caregiver Recognition Celebration

November 14, 2018 | Valerie Steinmetz

In October, the Alameda County Care Alliance (ACCA) hosted its fourth annual Caregiver Recognition Celebration and Health Expo at the Center of Hope Community Church in Oakland, CA. The event was designed to celebrate family and informal caregivers who selflessly give their time and talents to assist individuals with advanced illness. “The ACCA Advanced Illness Care Program is unique because it was started in a community, faith-based setting to help our congregants and community members with their health, social, and spiritual needs as it relates to advanced illness,” said Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Jr., the Senior Pastor of Allen Temple Baptist Church.   more

Reflections from Rise Up Fellows at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)

November 07, 2018 | Rise Up

"When PHI's Rise Up invited me to attend United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), I couldn’t believe what a huge opportunity it would be for me," said Fellow Alejandra García Muñiz. "I have made my career working with different civil society organizations in Mexico, being an activist for women and people with disabilities, promoting equal rights and employment inclusion. For an activist like me, being at the UNGA is a dream, and now it is a dream come true. Watch the video of Muñiz and Ricardo Preciado Jiménez at UNGA  more

Improving Media Coverage of Violence: What Journalists Want Advocates to Know

October 30, 2018 | Michael Bakal

If we want to prevent violence, policymakers and the public at large must understand its root causes and the social context in which it occurs. After all, we can't address a problem if we don't entirely understand it. Yet, as research conducted by Berkeley Media Studies Group has shown, news coverage of violence provides a distorted view of the issue. It tends to focus more on individual acts than on the many social factors that lead to violence. It also overreports rare tragedies and extreme events like mass shootings while underreporting more common types of violence, like suicide, domestic violence, and street-level violence. BMSG sat down with several experienced journalists to ask what it would it take to bring public health and social justice perspectives into their coverage of violence.  more

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