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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

SGC Deputy Director and co-lead, Jessica Buendia, presenting the REAP to CSGC.

“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.


Meet the IMPT Secretariat Staff: Kathreen Daria, IMPT Project Coordinator

April 24, 2019 | Kathreen Daria

PHI's Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (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. This post features Kathreen Daria, IMPT Project Coordinator, who describes her journey to the IMPT field through coursework and volunteer experiences serving under-resourced communities.  more

Telling a More Complete Story About Child Welfare

April 09, 2019 | Heather Gehlert, Berkeley Media Studies Group

Child abuse occurs in nearly 60 percent of households where domestic violence is identified, but you’re unlikely to learn that from reading the news. In “The Child Welfare System in U.S. News: What’s Missing?" Berkeley Media Studies Group researchers found that domestic violence appeared in only 12 percent of stories about the child welfare system, and most of those stories only mentioned domestic violence in passing.  more

What's New: 2018-2019 PHI/CDC Fellows' Highlights

April 08, 2019 | PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program

The day-to-day life of a fellow varies from fellowship to fellowship, but each placement offers the opportunity for professional growth and hands-on experience with one of the nation’s most prominent public health agencies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This year, the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program fellows have been busy using their time and unique positions within the CDC to expand their global public health skill sets and even venture outside the field to share their stories.  more

Domestic Violence in Northern California Targeted by Blue Shield Foundation Grant

April 03, 2019

Public Health Institute was one of six organizations that was awarded a grant in December 2018 from the Blue Shield of California Foundation, and is part of the Foundation’s long-term efforts to address the root causes of domestic violence through collaborative, community-based solutions. In this grantmaking round, the Foundation awarded a total of $2.4 million to work across multiple sectors to end domestic violence.

Through this grant, experts at PHI's Population Health Innovation Lab (PHIL) identified the connection between the region’s rise in domestic violence rates, and high rates of adverse childhood experiences. PHIL is supporting the ACE Collaborative, a partnership between various north county institutions intent on developing policy and systems changes that are designed to reduce domestic violence and adverse childhood experiences  more

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

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