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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

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

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