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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

8 Ways to Communicate Strategically About Proposed Federal Immigration Rule Changes

October 25, 2018 | Katherine Schaff

When the Department of Homeland Security released a proposal this month that would deny green cards to immigrants who use public benefits, it sent waves of concern — and mobilization — throughout immigrant communities, public health organizations, and other social service providers. PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group developed messaging tips to help advocates communicate effectively about the proposed federal changes and frame the issue in ways that further public health and social justice goals.

"At BMSG, with our mission rooted in the values of public health and social justice," wrote Health Equity Coordinator Katherine Schaff DrPH, "We, too, are deeply disturbed by the far-reaching health impacts and repercussions on future citizenship applications that could result from expanding the so-called 'public charge' rule."


Health in All Policies, Health Equity to be Featured at APHA 2018

October 24, 2018 | Colin Gutierrez

Creating health equity is a guiding priority and core value of APHA, and of the Health in All Policies movement. Everyone should have the opportunity to attain their highest level of health, and Health in All Policies practitioners will share their stories about how they are advancing equity on two panels at APHA’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Expo, themed “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now.”

Health in All Policies is a public health approach that is used as a strategy for addressing the complex factors that influence health and equity, also referred to as the social determinants of health, which include educational attainment, housing, transportation options, and neighborhood safety. These panels are being organized by the Public Health Institute and leaders of California’s Health in All PoliciesTask Force, which has worked at the leading edge of the health equity movement since its inception in 2010. The Task Force incorporates equity as a core principle with its work in policy areas as diverse as transportation, housing, land use, education, and social services.  more

PHI at APHA 2018

October 23, 2018 | Public Health Institute

To create better health, PHI and its programs focus on building more equitable systems through policy and community change. At this year's APHA meeting, Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now, we hope our 25+ presentations, posters and special events on the social determinants of health and many other topics will challenge you with new ideas, provide information to inform your work, and inspire you to connect with new partners.

If you are attending APHA, we invite you to check out our presentations and posters, stop by our booth, or connect with us on social media. Here are some events to look forward to from PHI this year.   more

What Can We Learn From Media Coverage of Trauma and Family Separation?

October 17, 2018 | Sara Han

This summer, Americans confronted a moral crisis as they learned about the surge in families who are being separated and detained at the U.S.-Mexico border. In April, the Trump administration implemented a "zero tolerance policy" that treated parents arriving at the border with their children as criminals, detaining their children separately before prosecuting the parents. At the center of this public outrage is trauma: The physical, mental, and emotional health of hundreds of families and their children are being harmed. Experts and advocates for children's health and immigrant rights have spoken out against the separation and detention of these families. "[These] children are essentially living their worst nightmare," Wendy Cervantes of the Center for Law and Social Policy told Newsweek. "A kid's worst nightmare is the boogeyman coming in the middle of the night and taking away their parents. That's what's happening."

From a previous Berkeley Media Studies Group news analysis, we know that childhood trauma is rarely discussed in the news. But has it appeared more often in the midst of this intense, nationwide focus on family separations? We wanted to know, what does the coverage of trauma and family separation and detainment look like? And what lessons can advocates and journalists learn from how trauma is discussed in news coverage of family separation?  more

Health Anchor Institutions Investing in Community Land and Housing

October 15, 2018 | Bich Ha Pham and Jarrid Green

The city of Richmond, Virginia has some of the most concentrated poverty in the country. Richmond has high unemployment and poverty rates of 40 percent or above in its East End neighborhoods, which includes Church Hill North and has a majority African American racial makeup (92 percent). In the East End, life expectancy rates are lower than in the City as a whole, and in fact, in some of these neighborhoods, residents can expect to live 10 to 15 years less than people in other areas of Richmond. Additionally, the East End is said to have the largest concentration of public housing between Washington DC and Atlanta, and only a small percentage of residents are homeowners.

In this blog, originally posted by PHI's Build Healthy Places Network, guest contributors Bich Ha Pham and Jarrid Green of the Democracy Collaborative explore how anchor institutions are investing to support community control of land and housing.   more

Help Fight the Silence: Youth Mental Health First Aid

October 12, 2018 | Brooke Briggance

"It’s not something my family talked about much – at least not openly," wrote Brooke Briggance, the Deputy Director of PHI's FACES for the Future Coalition. "But there have been members of my family who have committed suicide, who struggled with addiction or who tried desperately to manage a mental illness while shrouded in silence. As time marched on and I became an adult, it began to make less and less sense to me – the silence" To help fight the silence, along with FACES Coalition Program Manager Jasmine Nakagawa-Wong, Briggance took advantage of an opportunity offered by Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services to become certified as a trainer in Youth Mental Health First Aid. "That means we can train and certify adults connected to young people who want to be armed with some tools to help them if a serious mental health situation should arise."  more

On the Road Toward Prevention: What Advocates Need to Know About How Sexual Violence is Framed

October 10, 2018 | Daphne Marvel, Berkeley Media Studies Group

Sexual assault is in the spotlight now more than ever as conversations about its pervasiveness — and what can be done to address it — unfold on a national stage. Like other widespread public health and social justice problems, sexual violence is preventable. But many people don't realize that because the messages we receive about sexual violence often leave us with the impression that the issue is too large and too complex to do anything about it.

A Berkeley Media Studies Group news analysis found that media coverage of sexual violence often focuses on details of a violent act, or what happens after the fact, but rarely addresses what can be done to prevent this violence. And journalists aren't the only ones who struggle to communicate about prevention. "Practitioners and experts tend to be really good at talking about how to respond to assaults and support survivors after the fact," said Pamela Mejia, BMSG's head of research. "But it's harder to communicate about the changes we need to make in our schools and businesses and workplaces and communities to prevent harassment, abuse, and assault from happening in the first place."  more

5 Ways that Journalists Can Tell a More Comprehensive Story About Early Childhood

October 03, 2018 | Daphne Marvel, Berkeley Media Studies Group

The foundation for who we become as adults is constructed during early childhood. Multiple bodies of science show us that what happens from pre-conception into early childhood has a profound impact on health outcomes later in life. This holds true whether researchers examine the lifelong impacts of childhood trauma, the multigenerational effects of neighborhood conditions, or the societal benefits of early education.

Robust, well-reported news coverage can inform and improve the decisions we make together, as a society, about early childhood. So what would it take to tell a more comprehensive story about this complex but critical period? And how can journalists incorporate scientific findings into everyday news stories about children?  more

Kenyan Girl Leaders Fight For Their Rights

October 01, 2018 | Chantal Hildebrand

Kenyan girl leaders have achieved an important milestone in their fight for girls’ rights. Through Rise Up’s partnership with the Center for the Study of Adolescence (CSA), our Girls’ Voices Initiative enables Kenyan girls to learn about girl-centered advocacy, leadership, and decision-maker education, and develop their own strategies to improve girls’ lives. Following a five-day intensive workshop, the 24 girl leaders developed a strategy to bring an end to female genital mutilation (FGM). With the support of their teachers and chaperones, the girls created action plans to advocate with key decision-makers in Kajiado West County, Kenya to fully implement the Female Genital Mutilation Act (2011).


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